Transaction Network Services (TNS), a provider of data communications and solutions for the payments and financial markets industries, has fortified its payments business with two new hires, adding George Zirkel and John Tait with immediate effect, according to a TNS statement.
Both George Zirkel and John Tait land at TNS with plans to kindle additional growth plans at the group, ranging from the US to Australia. Mr. Zirkel joins TNS as its Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payments Strategy, based out of the US. In this capacity, Mr. Zirkel will be tasked with overseeing the strategic direction of the group’s Payments Division, whereby assisting in its global product and sales development.
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Conversely, Mr. Tait will be appointed as the Managing Director of TNS’ Payments Division for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and will be based out of TNS’ office in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Tait will be playing an integral role in TNS’ payments business across the APAC region, which includes areas of operation in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, and Australia, among others.
According to Lisa Shipley, Executive Vice President (VP) and Managing Director of TNS Payment Network Solutions, in a recent statement on the appointments, “I’m excited that George and John have joined our growing business. Their broad experience will be an asset to TNS as we cement our market leading position and build on our success.
“It is an exciting time for the payments industry as eCommerce continues its rapid global expansion, alternative networks and payment adjacent products gain market share, and legacy network connectivity infrastructure services consolidate. TNS is in a strong position with its secure, scalable, global, yet easy to access network to support current services and accelerate innovation in the payments industry,” she added.