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Network International appoints new CEO, Simon Haslam to retire

Nandan Mer, currently MasterCard strategy head - International Markets will serve as the new CEO and will join the group from February 1

Network International, a Dubai-based payment solutions provider will appoint a new CEO next month as the current group CEO Simon Haslam has decided to retire after serving 40 years in the financial services segment.

It is reported that Nandan Mer, currently MasterCard strategy head – International Markets will serve as the new CEO and will join the group from February 1. Furthermore, Mr Simon Haslam will serve his six-month notice period in accordance to the company’s policies.

Mr Nandan Mer has been working in the financial space for over 30 years. He has worked with companies such as American Express, Citigroup, United Bank for Africa (UBA) including MasterCard.

Ron Kalifa, chairman, Network International, told the media, “I would like to thank Simon for his invaluable contribution as CEO and wish him well in his retirement. During his tenure, Simon has led the company’s transformation into the largest payment solutions provider in the UAE and the leading enabler of digital commerce throughout the Middle East and Africa, and delivered significant growth across all our markets. He leaves behind a strong business and a legacy of success.

I am also delighted to announce Nandan’s appointment. He has a wide breadth of experience across the consumer credit and payment industries in several international markets, including within the Middle East and Africa. Nandan’s strong track record of success with Mastercard and strong sector expertise make him an excellent appointment to lead Network through the next stage of our ambitious strategic growth plans.”

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