Board of Directors

  • Kevin Phalen
    Independent Non-Executive Chairman
    Kevin Phalen

    Kevin has over 30 years of global banking and financial services experience. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Solutions at Visa International. Prior to this, he served nine years at Bank of America as Managing Director, where he led the Commercial Card, Prepaid Card and Comprehensive Payables business for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also led the Public Sector Banking GTS coverage team and previously oversaw the Merchant business along with the trade and Supply Chain business.

    Ex: Visa, Bank of America, JPMC

  • Shelley Ruha
    Independent Non-Executive Director
    Shelley Ruha

    Shelley has extensive banking and governance experience; she chairs the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee and sits on the Remuneration & Nominations Committee. She’s held several exec team positions at Bank of New Zealand, most recently Chief Customer Officer, BNZ Partners. Her governance experience spans tech, infrastructure & payments innovation, banking, wealth management, venture capital, growth, and education for New Zealand SMBs. She’s a Director of The Icehouse, has served as a Director of Paymark, JBWere and its NZ subsidiaries, and numerous BNZ subsidiaries.​

    Ex: Bank of New Zealand, JBWere, Paymark

  • Adrian Grant
    Executive Director, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Adrian Grant

    Adrian is co-founder and chief executive of 9Spokes. He has extensive corporate management experience across international companies, including Microsoft UK, information technology company Unisys, and cloud solution provider Umbrellar. Adrian's experience in leading tech companies laid the foundations for his move into the technology sector as an entrepreneur.

    Ex: Microsoft, Telecom NZ, Unisys, Umbrellar

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