Mollie appoints new chair and board member

New Mollie chair Leenaars is currently vice-chairman of global wealth management at UBS, and will step down from position role at UBS on 31st May.

Leenaars was on the board of ING Bank for more than a decade prior to joining UBS in 2015, and has also been a member of the board at Capital One since 2019.

Meanwhile, new board member Ashraf is a principal at TCV, a leader of Mollie’s €90 million Series B funding round, which took place in late 2020.

Ashraf has been with TCV for more than five years, overseeing investments in companies such as Klarna, Mambu and Spryker.

The new arrivals to the boardroom at Mollie follow closely on from that of Shane Happach, former WorldPay exec, who joined as CEO last month.

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“I am very excited to be supporting the future development of Mollie,” said new Mollie chair, Leenaars.

“Founded by Adriaan Mol and with an uncompromising focus on driving innovation in online payments, Mollie enables merchants to grow faster and offers consumers seamless check-out experiences.

“This has been recognised by smart investors like TCV, world-class talent like Shane Happach and more than 110,000 merchants. I am proud to be on this team.”

Shane Happach, CEO of Mollie, commented: “Mollie’s supervisory board includes some incredible fintech talent, and that’s critical as we scale across Europe.

“In Eli, we have a truly accomplished board member who has overseen incredible growth at some notable companies.

“Muz brings an astounding fintech pedigree, which will serve Mollie well as we evolve our product offering.

“We’re building a stellar leadership team which will not only support Mollie’s growth, but the growth of our 110,000+ merchant customers.”

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Aaron Hurst

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