Powering Global Payments | Currencycloud
Mike Laven
Chief Executive Officer

With more than 25 years’ experience at the helm of a number of high growth fintech and technology businesses, Mike is well-known for his ability to build venture-backed organisations and lead them to profitable growth. Having originally spent six years working for the United Nations, Mike has since gained a glowing reputation for fintech expertise, with executive roles at Infinity Financial Technology, Cohera, Coronet and Traiana.

Mike joined Currencycloud in 2011, and as CEO is influential in growing the firm to become the world’s most trusted payment platform. Under his leadership, Currencycloud has established itself as a leading force in the digital financial services revolution and has raised $61m in funding (as of March 2017).

Todd Latham
Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Product

With extensive experience in marketing leadership roles across the technology and financial services industry, Todd loves to make the most of new innovations to provide a first-class customer experience. Before joining Currencycloud, he delivered international marketing, product and customer satisfaction strategies for some of the world’s best-known brands, including American Express and Microsoft.

These skills, together with Todd’s interest in how technology is changing the way we interact with money, ensure Currencycloud’s clients get the best possible experience with the next generation of business payment innovations.

Fiona Tee
Chief Financial Officer

Fiona joined Currencycloud in April 2016 with a wealth of experience in leading influential finance and technology companies. Fiona has held senior positions at large corporates such as Mastercard and KPMG, right through to start-ups and VC backed businesses such as Omnico Group and Mondex International. This experience means that Fiona has become the go-to woman for driving high growth in innovative technology start-ups.

As well as being in charge of all aspects of finance and operations at Currencycloud, Fiona is also responsible for the company’s most important asset: its people. Things that bring together the strategic and commercial talents of Currencycloud are Fiona’s forte. She is also passionate about providing more “real” models, not role models, for women in finance and technology.

Ed Addario
Chief Technology Officer

Ed has been passionate about technology from the moment he laid eyes on his first computer, and has since built up over 25 years’ experience in leading innovative international organisations across the financial services, telecoms and retail sectors. He joined Currencycloud from a position as Global Head of Architecture and Integration at banking software giant Misys, and he has also held director level roles at Monitise, ACS and OpenBet.

Ed leads Currencycloud’s team of over 45 technologists, and is the driving force behind the next generation API at the heart of the business. He plays a key role in developing the world-class services Currencycloud provides, and is determined to maintain the company’s strong reputation within the new digital economy.

Tanya Ziv
Chief Compliance Officer

Tanya is the newest member of the Currencycloud executive team. But she’s certainly no novice when it comes to compliance. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer, over the past 12 years Tanya has been responsible for leading the compliance drive for a number of leading finance, technology and telecommunications firms, acting as Head of Compliance for Lebara, eToro and Cornercard.

Tanya is in charge of Currencycloud’s compliance program and further developing the company’s strong culture of integrity as it expands into new international markets. She’s also helping to deliver continuous payment innovations to Currencycloud’s clients by injecting creativity back into the compliance process.

Richard Arundel
General Manager North America

As one of Currencycloud’s founders, Richard has played an important role in the company’s rapid growth. Having started his career at HiFX – one of the largest foreign exchange market brokers in the UK –  Richard has a deep understanding of the finance and payments sector. Prior to becoming GM of Currencycloud’s North America business, Richard has held successive positions as Sales Director, Client Relationship Director and VP Client Services at Currencycloud, helping the company increase revenue, size and scope.

Having left London for New York in 2017, Richard is now responsible for performance across the US, including directing sales development programmes and go-to market strategies. His experience in creating high performing teams, as well as building and maintaining partnerships in the world of fintech, is the driving force behind Currencycloud’s US strategy.

Our purpose - why we do what we do

We want to create a better tomorrow. And we’ll do it by re-imagining the way money flows through the digital economy. We started our journey in 2012 with this thought and it’s helped us set our sights on our destination: creating a fairer, freer flow of wealth worldwide, challenging the status quo that has slowed and suppressed economies and entrepreneurship in the past.

At the same time, we know that our role is not to reinvent but to improve, to enable, to make the movement of money easier and seamless. That’s why we focus on removing any friction in the process, with the goal of inspiring more fluid and agile trade – based firmly on the values of simplicity, transparency and fairness.

Our mission - think big, act bold

We pride ourselves on being big picture thinkers. That’s not to say that we keep our heads in the cloud. Instead we mix the strategic with the tactical, the specialized knowledge with the practical insights needed to conceive and build the world’s most trusted Payments Engine.

That’s why we place such an emphasis on integration, and ensuring our Payments Engine fits neatly with the way our clients want to do business – rather than the other way around. What’s more, we know this is what the market has been waiting for. Capabilities that stimulate not just the free flow of currency across the globe, but also the next generation of successful payments companies.

Our vision - the journey is the destination

As for our company’s vision, we want to be audacious – to embrace the spirit of adventure. That’s why we’ve set ourselves the goal of positively impacting the lives of millions and millions of people. We achieve this with our Payment Engine that’s powering the new digital economy.

It’s about creating a better tomorrow for all, where money and commerce move fast and efficiently – supported by innovation and a greater level of transactional dynamism. To this we add our knowledge, tools and a practical approach to delivery that our clients already rely on to help scale and amplify their own business activities.

Our leadership team

Mike Laven
Chief Executive Officer
Todd Latham
Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Product
Fiona Tee
Chief Financial Officer
Ed Addario
Chief Technology Officer
Tanya Ziv
Chief Compliance Officer
Richard Arundel
General Manager North America

Built on solid foundations

Our story starts with FX Capital Group, a brokerage firm founded by Nigel Verdon that believed there was a fundamental problem in the way international payments were made.

FX Capital Group realized that the future of international payments lay in technology, and clients were consistently being underserved by traditional providers. It knew, too, that transparency mattered. It was out of this change of thinking that Currencycloud was born in 2011. In January 2012 Michael Laven was named Chief Executive Officer to lead the company.

Currencycloud is backed by Sapphire Ventures, Rakuten, Anthemis, Notion Capital and GV - and has raised $61m in funding as of March 2017.

Since launch, we’ve grown dramatically and we’re now helping billions of pounds flow in payments every year. Hundreds of platform clients have signed up with us, serving hundreds of thousands of end-customers and impacting millions.