Curve hires former payments regulator chief as advisor

Banking platform Curve has hired a former chief executive of the Payments Systems Regulator (PSR) to advise on its regulatory activities and relationships.

The FinTech, which offers consolidation of multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and app, has appointed Hannah Nixon as it looks to expand its operations in Europe and the US.

Nixon, who served as the first chief executive of the PSR between 2014 and 2019, helped to build the organisation from its inception and stepped down in January 2019.

Curve said she will help guide Curve’s regulatory strategy and framework, focused on the UK and EU, as well as advising on a range of regulatory matters important to Curve’s growth.

Prior to joining the PSR, Nixon held several senior positions within regulatory bodies across various industries, and is also currently a non-executive director of National Grid Electricity System Operator and the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority. She was also previously a Senior Partner at Ofgem, the UK's gas and electricity regulator.

Shachar Bialick, founder and chief executive of Curve, said: “Curve is continuously innovating and constantly pushing the boundaries of payments models and for that we needed someone of the highest calibre to guide our regulatory strategy as we scale our operation throughout Europe and the US.”

Nixon’s appointment comes after Curve extended its leadership team with the appointments of Eyal Goldberg as head of machine learning, Joseph-Daniel Millwood as head of growth, and Amanda Orson as head of North America.

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