VA-based Transaction Network Services has ankled two high-level senior executives. George Zirkel joins TNS as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payments Strategy. John Tait takes on the role of Managing Director of TNS’ Payments Division for the Asia Pacific region.
Zirkel will be based at the company’s headquarters in Reston, USA. Tait will be based in TNS’ office in Sydney, Australia.
In his role, Mr Zirkel will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company’s Payments Division and helping to align the objectives of the global product, sales, development and operations teams with that strategy.
Mr Tait will head up TNS’ payments business across the Asia Pacific region, which includes operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India as well as Australia. TNS also serves customers in New Zealand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Prior to joining TNS, Mr Zirkel was Chief Operating Officer of TabbedOut, a mobile payment app for bars and restaurants with inbuilt CRM capabilities, and Mr Tait was an Executive Director at financial services provider Indue.
Both Mr Zirkel and Mr Tait are industry veterans with more than 20 years’ experience each within the Payments industry. Mr Zirkel has previously held several senior positions at First Data, as well as roles at SurePay and FleetBoston Financial Corporation, and a board position with AIB Merchant Services. Mr Tait has also worked in senior executive posts at First Data after beginning his career at National Australia Bank.
Since it was founded in 1990, TNS has secured a strong payments heritage and expanded to provide services in more than 60 countries across Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific regions. The organization is a Level 1 PCI DSS certified service provider and its secure network is supported 24x7x365 by TNS’ Network Operating Centers around the world.
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