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Rod Sharp joins Savantor as European Relationship Manager

Monday, 03 December 2007

Savantor expands business relationship team

Savantor Ltd., a specialist in the provision of business and technical expertise to many well known banks, card schemes, third party processors and hardware/software vendors in the card payment industry, announces the appointment of Rod Sharp as European Relationship Manager.

Rod has, over the last 20 years, won significant software, hardware and consultancy business with many financial and retail institutions both in the UK and Europe. His background has been in the card, payment and ATM sectors working with renowned organisations such as NCR and Atos Origin and now Savantor. Rod also has significant expertise in start up ventures in the card and payments arena and has been involved in many technological firsts, such as iris scanning to replace PIN numbers for a leading UK financial institution and bricks and mortar rationalisation for high street banks using leading edge technology.

Geoffrey Down, Managing Director of Savantor Ltd., said "As we enter our eleventh year of successful operation, this appointment further demonstrates the commitment that Savantor has to its leading blue-chip clients and recognises the contribution that these clients have made to Savantor's success. Appointments such as Rod Sharp enable Savantor to continue offering best of breed services to these prestigious clients throughout Europe."

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