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Savantor strengthens its international focus: Jarkko Anttiroiko appointed as Regional Director for Scandinavia

Thursday, 03 October 2013

Savantor Ltd., a specialist in the provision of strategic, business and technical expertise to many well known banks, card schemes and third parties in the payment and mobile industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jarkko Anttiroiko as Regional Director for the Scandinavian market.

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

Jarkko has worked for Savantor for a number of years, bringing a Nordic/Finnish perspective, mobile payments expertise, 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.

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 guiding the launch of fast-moving new mobile payment initiatives, providing strategic advice to banks considering a change in their products or technology platforms, 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.

Geoff Durham, Executive Director of Savantor said “We are delighted that Jarkko is able to bring his extensive knowledge and experience to bear in helping more clients across Scandinavia move forward within the ever complex arena of traditional payments and alternative payments.”

Jarkko added “I continue to be excited by the developments within the payments market and look forward to growing Savantor’s presence in the Finnish and Nordic markets. Many banks and mobile operators have already gained significant value by calling upon Savantor’s specialists and we wish to enable other geographies and participants in the payments value chain to benefit from Savantor’s broad and deep expertise.”

 

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