Zapp hires former Barclays mobile chief

New executive member

The UK-based mobile commerce company Zapp has announced the inclusion of former head of technology development at Barclays in its senior management team. Ian Sayers will be chief technology officer at Zapp.

At Barclay’s Ian Sayers led the design of several innovations, such as PingIt and BuyIt. Given this proven payment innovation, Ian is perfectly placed to drive the continued development of the Zapp payment technology, including integrating with banks and retailers, ensuring that Zapp is reliable, secure and a great experience. Ian will take the position as chief technology officer of Zapp in October 2013.

David Yates, VocaLink CEO and Zapp chairman, says: “Ian has a wealth of experience of challenging the status quo, building new mobile and web technologies and delivering bank scale implementations.”

The move will be seen as a coup for Zapp and a loss for Barclays which has gained a reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative banks in the mobile space under Sayer’s leadership.

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