Rising Star Award: Carla Erlick (2016)
Paysafe delivers a full suite of payments solutions. From card issuing to acquiring; from payment gateways to merchant accounts; from fraud and risk to compliance; from digital wallets and mobile to invoicing - we process millions of transactions worldwide and we value our relationships at every point in the process.
Board of Directors
President & Chief Executive Officer
Joel Leonoff serves as Executive Director, President and CEO of Paysafe Group plc, a leading global payment provider quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. Joel is an entrepreneurial leader and a visionary with a proven track record of managing high-growth technology companies, having served as CEO, COO and CFO of privately and publicly traded companies for nearly twenty years. In 1997, Joel founded SureFire Commerce Inc., which merged with the Optimal Group in 2003 to form Optimal Payments. In 2011, Optimal Payments merged with Neovia Inc. (NETELLER) and the Company completed the acquisition of the Skrill Group in August 2015 to form the Paysafe Group. Prior to this, Joel created the e-commerce powerhouse BCE Emergis through the merger of Mpact Immedia Ltd with Bell Canada Enterprises. Joel also served as Group Operations Director and COO of Partygaming Plc, a FTSE listed company. Joel is a chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (James McGill Award) and has a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy (C.D. Mellor Award) from McGill University.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director
Brian McArthur-Muscroft serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Paysafe Group plc. Prior to joining the Group in January 2015, Brian was Group Finance Director at Telecity Group plc where he led the IPO of the business in 2007 and raised £400 million in senior debt facilities with major UK institutions. Brian was chosen as Business Week’s Finance Director of the Year in 2013 and ICAEW’s FTSE 250 Finance Director of the Year in 2012. Since May 2013, he has served as a non-executive director on the Board of Robert Walters plc. Also a restructuring specialist, Brian was the Interim CFO on the successful turnaround of MCI Worldcom EMEA. Brian holds a law degree and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.
Dennis joined the Board on 30 July 2014 as Non-Executive Chairman. Dennis has had close to 30 years' experience in payments and payment processing and has held executive roles in the UK, mainland Europe, China and the US where he was a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBS National Bank. Until 2012, Dennis was a non-executive director of Argus Information Services Inc. (a US provider of data analytics to payment providers across the US, Latin America and the UK) and a non-executive director of Kroger Personal Finance LLC, the financial services arm of the Kroger Corporation, the second largest US retailer. Dennis is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Andrew joined the Board on 30 July 2014 as a non-executive director. Andrew is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Displaydata Limited. Andrew also participates on the Boards of other entities: he is Chairman of Miura Systems Limited; Chairman of Mappt Limited; a director of New Era Sports Digital Limited and a non-executive director of Wildark Risk Management Limited. Andrew was formerly Chief Executive Officer and a director of the online payments company Datacash Group Plc during its period of rapid growth; it subsequently sold to MasterCard. He is the former Chief Executive Officer and a director of mBlox Limited, which facilitates communication between businesses and customers’ mobile devices. Andrew was also a director of the payments company Dione Plc.
Ian Francis was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2010 and is Non-Executive Director of Paysafe Group Plc. Mr Francis was most recently a senior audit partner and member in the London practice of Ernst & Young where he was responsible for a number of the firm’s leading audit clients. He was also a non-executive director of Umeme Limited, the privatised national power distribution company of Uganda from September 2009 to November 2014. Ian is chairman of the Company’s audit committee.
Brahm Gelfand was appointed to the Board on 13th March, 2014. He is an attorney practising law in Montreal, Canada. He is presently counsel to the law firm of Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon L.L.P. where he had served as a partner for many years prior to accepting his current post.
He is currently a director of three publicly listed corporations, Paysafe Group Plc, Tefron Ltd., a leading Israeli producer of seamless textile fabrics and Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc. He is a member of the Independent Review Committee of 1832 Asset Management LP, an indirect wholly‑owned subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia, and is Chairman of the Independent Review Committee of Goodman Investment Counsel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dundee Corporation.
Mr. Gelfand has also been involved in a number of not‑for‑profit public bodies. He was, up until April 1, 2015, a director of two leading Montreal, Canada health care institutions namely the Sir Mortimer B. Davis ‑ Jewish General Hospital, where he had also served as Chair for two terms and of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, both of which entities were merged by the Government of Quebec into larger entities. He is also a founding director of the Summit School Foundation and of the Roasters Foundation.
Ian joined the Board on 30 July 2014 as a non-executive director. Ian has more than 30 years of Board-level experience in the Communications and Industrial Technology fields, both as an investor and as Chief Executive Officer of companies operating in the US and Europe. He is currently a director of Birdstep Technology ASA (publicly listed in Norway) and of Econic Technology Limited. Ian previously served as the Executive Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer of Intune Networks Limited. He was formerly a director of the British Photovolatic Association and a partner of Crescendo Ventures LLP in Palo Alto, US. He was a non-executive chairman of Oplink Communications Incorporated, of Quantasol Limited and Executive Chairman of Evo Electric Limited. Ian is an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Chief Operating Officer
Danny Chazonoff has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Paysafe Group since the completion of the Optimal Payments Acquisition. Prior to the Acquisition, he held the position of Chief Technical Officer at the Montreal based group comprising OP Payments Inc. and its related companies (‘‘OP Payments’’) and was employed by that group since it was founded in 1996. Mr. Chazonoff provides leadership, management and direction in the areas of bank and partner relationships, product direction, technology and risk and operations. Mr. Chazonoff has also served as Vice President, MIS and Web Development at BCE Emergis, a subsidiary of Bell Canada, and as Director of Operations for AVS Technologies, a leading distributor of consumer electronics in Canada. Mr. Chazonoff brings a wealth of international payments expertise and IT experience to the Paysafe Group. Mr. Chazonoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Management Information Systems from McGill University (Montreal) and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business (Montreal).
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Elliott Wiseman serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Paysafe Group Plc with responsibility for the Group’s legal and regulatory compliance. He is the Group’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and chairs the Group’s Risk Management Committee. Elliott joined the Group in October 2011 from MoneyGram International where he was Senior Legal Counsel with responsibility for legal matters in the Northern European and Asia Pacific regions. Previously, Elliott worked as an associate at the law firms Slaughter and May, Debevoise & Plimpton and Mischon de Reya, in the respective M&A departments. Elliott is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and has a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Oxford University.
Paysafe and our employees are committed to ensuring a better future for our global community by supporting worldwide causes.
Empowering people and communities around the globe
As an employer with offices in many countries, we seek to support communities in some of the places where we have operations by supporting local charities in those regions. We aim to match charitable fundraising by individual employees.
- During 2015, the Group contributed $92,882 (2014: $105,842) to directly support charitable causes and continued to encourage employees to participate in charitable endeavours.
- The Group provides support to an Austrian start-up business “Medien und Generationen” (Media and Generations) which aims to help groups which are not familiar with the internet, smartphones and new media. The Group’s support includes the provision of advice on how to establish a new business, drawing from the experiences of building the paysafecard business.
- The Group contributed £10,000 to Manx Miracles, the providers of a state-of-the-art sensory facility for children on the Isle of Man. The donations went towards additional equipment, training and providing help to families. The Group’s staff have also offered to give their time to help the charity and we are looking forward to working closely with Manx Miracles in the future.
- In 2015, employees at Meritus continued their support of the Families Forward initiative which helps local families in crisis in Orange County with services that include career coaching, life skills education and food assistance. Meals were also donated to the organisation Stand Up for Kids, which helps homeless children to stabilise and improve their lives.
We support communities in
some of the places we have
operations by supporting
Payments & Fraud Company of the Year (paysafecard) ( 2016)
Best Merchant Acquirer/Processor (2016)
Winner: Andrea Dunlop, CEO, Cards Services and Acquiring (2016)
Deal of the Year Award (2016)
Best Online or Mobile Commerce Solution (2016)
Best Payments Company (2015)
Best Mobile Payments Solution (2015)
Big Player Winner (2015)
Best Prepaid e-Wallet & Card Winner (2015)
Regulatory (Financial Services) (2015)
CNP Best Payment Service Provider and Best Alternative Payment Solution (2015)
Best Payment System (2015)
Corporate Services Supplier of the Year (2015)
Fintech Excellence Corporate Livewire Awards (2015)
Best Online Payment Solution (2015)
AIM Transaction of the Year (2015)
Tech Deal of the Year Award (2015)