iBe TSE hires payments expert Masha Cilliers as Specialist Partner

London, 6 July 2017

Consulting firm iBe TSE has hired well known payments executive Masha Cilliers as Specialist Partner. She brings over two decades of experience, which the company aims to utilise for key clients facing digital disruption in the financial services industry. At iBe TSE, Masha will be responsible for driving the Merchant, Acquirer and Payment Service Provider payment strategy and innovation services as well as growing the company’s exposure to ecommerce related sectors such as Fraud Management, Cyber Security and Authentication.

Commenting on joining the pan-European financial services and digital consulting firm Masha said, “I'm very thrilled to be joining iBe TSE at a time when the payments industry is undergoing unprecedented change. Digital disruption, customer relationships, security, new products and platforms fuelled by new technologies are all challenging the industry to evolve and to continue to meet changing global demands. Joining one of Europe’s specialist financial services and payments consulting firms and helping clients work through this disruption is an interesting opportunity and I am both passionate and excited about it.”

Prior to joining iBe TSE, Masha held a number of senior appointments in both advisory firms and within the payments industry big names. Her core focus is within online and mobile commerce and she has a track record developing regional and cross-border payment businesses across channels.

As a consultant, Masha has delivered strategy and product consultancy for several large international merchants, fintech startups and payment companies. Masha played key strategic management roles at DataCash (MasterCard), GlobalCollect (Ingenico) and CyberSource (Visa) where she established and grew new areas of the digital payments business. Before that, Masha spent five years at Microsoft where she oversaw the development of electronic and mobile payments for the company’s online sales platform in Europe and provided strategic direction and innovation for the region. Masha’s foundation in the payments industry was established over ten years at Visa International, where she was driving business development in CEMEA region and subsequently product strategy and sales of smart card programs and online commerce.

Commenting on the new appointment, iBe TSE CEO Francesco Scarnera commented, “Masha has a strong track record of developing programs from concept through to successful delivery. I am delighted that she will bring these strategic skills, experience working across the payments spectrum, and deep client knowledge to her new role as Specialist Partner.”

iBe TSE is the UK arm of Be Think Solve Execute S.p.A. The appointment of Masha Cilliers as Specialist Partner - Payments strengthens the UK management team which is led by CEO, Francesco Scarnera. The Group also recently acquired LOC Consulting and Paystrat further bolstering its senior leadership and expertise within the financial services and payments sectors.

iBe TSE is a management consultancy for financial services organisations seeking to address digital disruption. Its experienced team works with blue chip financial institutions to ensure their change and digital ambitions deliver tangible business outcomes. It’s also invested heavily in building an innovation ecosystem, from its team of data scientists and partners in research houses to its growing network of fintech start-ups. It recently launched DrnkPay which attracted international media coverage and interest from banks and payment companies.

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