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Jarkko Anttiroiko joins Savantor International

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Savantor Ltd., a specialist in the provision of business and technical expertise to many well known banks, card schemes and third parties in the card payment industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jarkko Anttiroiko as Principal Consultant, Cards and Payments.

Savantor believes that as the payments industry transitions through major structural and technological change there is a strong demand to call on the wisdom of experienced, practitioner-based consultants. Over the past few years, the company has systematically strengthened its pool of experts to cover multiple geographies and specialist disciplines.

Jarkko is well-known in the Finnish market, where he helped transition OP-Pohjola Group to be the market leader in cards, but also in ensuring the SEPA roadmap met the needs of the Nordic banks through his membership of the European Payments Council Cards Working Group.

His list of other key achievements includes the introduction of the first major EMV combination (credit/debit) card; combining mass market EMV bank cards with a major retailer-led loyalty programme and transitioning the national debit card to international scheme-branded SEPA compliant debit and debit/credit cards. Jarkko also introduced a new consumer proposition when migrating a major card portfolio from charge cards to fully equipped revolving credit cards.

Jarkko will distinctly enhance Savantor’s offering by bringing a Nordic/Finnish perspective, additional card business P&L understanding, the application of new technology in mass market terms and utilisation of electronic channels in customer services and sales.

Rod Nixon, Managing Director of Savantor International said “As we enter the fifth year of our successful European expansion, this appointment underlines our determination to harness the best talent in the industry for the benefit of banks, processors and schemes. It gives me great pleasure therefore to welcome Jarkko Anttiroiko to our company and we look forward to combining his skills and experience with the rest of the Savantor team”.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to strengthen Savantor’s presence in the Finnish and Nordic markets” added Jarkko “and to help banks and other participants in the card payment value chain benefit from local access to Savantor’s broad and deep expertise. I’m sure our customers will greatly benefit from this knowledge as the market opens to European level competition.”

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