South Africa Business Awards 2018

4 MEA MARKETS / 2018 South African Business Awards , Payment solutions provider commits tomerchant growth and solving friction points in the region. Appoints Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo as VP of Business Development MENA International online payment solutions provider Checkout. com has welcomed Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo as its new VP of Business Development for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In his new role, Abbondandolo will help strategically grow’s e-commerce business and client base in the Middle East and Africa. Particularly, his travel sector expertise will contribute to cementing the company’s position as a leading provider of payment services to online travel agencies. His appointment signifies’s intent to further invest in and hire talent in the region. Abbondandolo joins Checkout. com from Travelstart, Africa’s largest online travel agency, where he managed the company’s expansion into the Middle East. As General Manager at Travelstart, Abbondandolo managed suppliers, drove marketing operations and oversaw payment systems. Previously, Abbondandolo was on the founding team of Africa Internet Accelerator (a Naspers investment), which launched three of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in South Africa. Abbondandolo was also part of Rocket Internet where he was a member of the founding team that launched leading e-commerce companies such as, Zalora, The Iconic and Lazada. Remo holds a Dual Master’s of Science, Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School. “E-commerce is thriving in the Middle East, but there remain many friction points that make it difficult for foreign companies to process online payments.” says Abbondandolo. “After working with at Travelstart, I was impressed with the company’s ability to reduce the declined transaction rate. This is largely due to its unique proprietary technology - created by a team that has excellent knowledge of local markets. has rapidly grown its business. I’m excited to join the team and help the company meet the growing needs of online retailers in MENA.” Guillaume Pousaz, Founder and CEO of says, “Remo Abbondandolo is a very welcome addition to the WNB17009 team. His deep e-commerce knowledge and expertise in the travel sector will prove valuable, as we enable more international companies to adapt their online offerings to better service local customers. Remo’s appointment represents our commitment to investing in this region. We look forward to working with him, especially as we continue to help innovative businesses in MENA and around the world deliver seamless payment experiences to their customers.” Currently, processes payments in over 150 currencies for major global brands. GCC customers include Talabat, The ENTERTAINER,, Sharaf DG, Tajawal, Dubizzle and Samsung. Appoints Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo as VP of Business Development MENA