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About Savantor

When you need specialist business or technical advice and help, it always pays to seek the best expertise - and no-one knows more about the cards, payments, transaction processing and banking industry across Europe and beyond than Savantor.

Since 1997 our team of senior people from financial services, software, processing and related industries has completed major projects for many well known banks, card schemes, third party processors and hardware/software vendors. The value of that combined experience is incalculable to our current and future clients.

Savantor provides a wide range of strategic advice and operational implementation, based on detailed knowledge of the latest thinking within the industry. The results we deliver are both rapid and practical because, as you would expect, we've encountered similar circumstances before so we know what's coming next.

Craig Oldroyd
Craig Oldroyd

Managing Director, has 30 years’ experience in the card and payments industry. Before moving into consultancy with Savantor in 2015, he held senior roles at Citigroup, Alliance & Leicester, Telefonica and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. Enabled by significant experience in acquiring, issuing, digital and mobile payments and 3rd party processing, his recent experiences with Savantor have been helping clients who are undertaking large scale transformation programmes centred around new platform implementations and portfolio migrations. He became Managing Director of Savantor February 2021.

Melinda Durham
Melinda Durham

Resourcing Director, has spent over 15 years in the recruitment and specialist resourcing business, servicing major organisations in the UK and Europe. She has extensive experience in contract, permanent and consultancy resourcing both directly and in managed agency operations.

Rob King
Rob King

Consulting Director, has spent over 25 years in the payments, banking and manufacturing industries. He is an entrepreneurial and inspirational international business leader with a consistent and exceptional record of delivery within challenging situations and competitive environments. Particular expertise in driving business turnaround, transformational change and major growth and development strategies, including acquisitions and joint ventures. Combines creative thinking with clear vision, strong implementation skills and a natural ability to build high-performance teams.

Jim Drew
Jim Drew

Principal Consultant has over 25 years’ experience within the banking, payments, financial services and consulting sectors – delivering transformational change programmes for a variety of clients across the UK and Europe. Jim has extensive experience implementing agile ways of working – ensuring alignment between client stakeholder requirements and delivery organisation capabilities. He is fully adept at managing stakeholders at all levels bringing structure to complex delivery landscapes.

Angel Benseny
Angel Benseny

Managing Director, Savantor España (covering Spain, Portugal and Andorra), has over 30 years experience in payments systems. He worked for Visa and MasterCard International for more than 20 years in areas such Operations, Risk, Business and Regulations for the Spain and Portugal markets. He has actively participated in transformation projects at Barclaycard, Citibank and WiZink.

Geoff Durham
Geoff Durham

Non-Executive Director, has spent over 35 years working in strategic consultancy, system conversions and development in the card payment, transaction processing and banking industry as well as with third party processors and software houses.

Jarkko Anttiroiko
Jarkko Anttiroiko

Principal Consultant, Scandinavia, has over 25 years' experience in payments and electronic banking services. He has played a prominent role in the development of the Finnish payments market through the first mass-market EMV combination (credit/debit) card, national debit transition to international SEPA compliant debit and transforming Finland into a competitive acquiring market.

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Client Quotes

Market Insights

"Savantor did a good job in helping us understand the dynamics of a key growth area for Trionis. Savantor's ability to listen and their degree of commitment have always impressed me. They have been of great help in providing us important market insights and I would not hesitate to work with them again in future."

Ernst Verbeek, Managing Director - Trionis - Belgium

Business and Platform Strategy

"Savantor successfully advised Rabobank during preparing of the platform migration for cards. Savantor demonstrated thorough knowledge of business processes and market players combined with a practical approach."

Evert Fekkes, Business Information Manager - Rabobank - Nederland

Acquirer Strategy and Operating Model

"Savantor brought an effective blend of European acquirer market expertise and transaction processing solution design. Their experts quickly forged strong working relationships with our team. We enjoyed working with them to create our future acquirer strategy."

Mikko Hyttinen, SVP - Lending Services - OP-Pohjola Group - Finland

Payment Specialists

"Working close with Savantor's professionals over the years in the payment arena. I appreciate the skills and knowledge these guys have and will surely engage with them when opportunities arise. The current engagement with Savantor is full to satisfaction and beyond."

Idsert Walta, Head of Banking Categories - Nordea - Scandinavia

Expert Witness

"After searching extensively for the required industry expert in a complex litigation, Savantor was identified to have the necessary industry knowledge and expertise on a range of complex issues. Savantor provided clear advice and was able to quickly hone in on the key issues, but most importantly, generating pragmatic winnable answers."

Gavin Ingram, General Counsel & VP Strategic Planning - Global Blue - Asia Pacific

EMV Migration Planning

"It was a strategic imperative for the bank to be EMV compliant for our payment cards and the experience that Savantor brought to the company has proved to be invaluable."

Eddie Sweeney, Chief Technology Officer - AIB Bank - Ireland

Interchange Review

"Savantor did a superb job in confirming what we believed was an area of weakness. The detail we now have will enable us to agree internally what we need to do to improve structure, control and income. Nationwide management were very impressed with the quality of the Savantor team."

Adam Slater, Senior Manager - Banking - Nationwide Building Society - UK

Commercial Card Migration

"Execution at its best. We're delighted that this project has been truly outstanding and received an award from 'The Banker'. Savantor provided crucial expertise that helped us keep all our promises in terms of delivery. The scheduling, planning and control regime throughout was excellent."

Chris Mason, Director - Commercial Cards EMEA - Citi - UK

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