Simon Black is an accomplished business executive with over 25 years’ international experience. He is highly regarded within payments, leading two of the industry’s success stories over the last 10 years. Simon joined PPRO Group as CEO in March 2015. This followed a decade with Sage Group PLC where he led the creation of Sage One and transformed Sage Pay as CEO for seven years, driving 10x growth. Continuing this success, PPRO is now one of the most significant fast- growing European fintech companies. Under Simon’s leadership, the company has moved from 60 to 200+ employees and continues to deliver rapid revenue growth. PPRO’s acquiring business connects PSPs and financial institutions with over 140 payment methods worldwide, while the issuing business has created more than one million e-money accounts with integrated debit cards. Simon is a sought-after authority on payments and ‘go to’ fintech expert. Speaking on the effect of Brexit on the financial services industry, he has appeared on ITV News, Tonight, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and China Central Television. His thoughts on the cashless society and PSD2 as well as Brexit have been widely published in international media, with highlights including The Guardian, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Simon is also a regular speaker at highly-regarded industry events such as Money20/20, Internet World and eCommerce Expo. Simon has an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and has extensive experience in consulting and operational roles. In his early career, he made an impact as a strategy and brand consultant with Gemini and Futurebrand both in the USA, where he lived for six years, as well as in the UK, and founded a marketing software start-up company.