TOQIO Continues to Scale with New Partnerships Team
Fintech SaaS provider Toqio has announced a new Partnerships team as part of its growth plans for 2022. The newly appointed team will be responsible for building lasting relationships with solution providers to bring integrated services for clients.
Christian Ball was appointed Head of Partnerships for the UK and Europe. The team is complemented by Henry Turpie, Partner Account Manager for the UK, and Julián Martín, Partner Account Manager for Europe. They will initially focus on the financial services space with longer term ambitions in different market segments. The appointments come as the company experiences rapid growth, having scaled its team from 17 to over 100 in the past year.
With offices in London, Madrid and Nairobi, Toqio is currently planning a phased geographic expansion across Europe. In less than two years since its launch, Toqio has launched over 60 solutions for clients in over 13 international jurisdictions with more than 15 major financial service providers already participating in its marketplace.
The new Partnerships team will enable more rapid speed to value for the company’s customers and enhanced solutions for their partners. Expanding its partnership portfolio also enables Toqio to provide solutions across an ever expanding range of use cases, providing richer and deeper relationships with customers and partners.
Ball joins Toqio after working for over 25 years in banking, software, consulting and fintechs across Europe, Asia, LatAm and the United States. Previously at Accenture, GFT Group and Capgemini Financial Services, as well as roles with Fintechs at Meniga and more recently at Yapily. His roles focused on the digital and innovation space, working with some of the world’s leading banks and fintech innovators to support discovery and delivery strategies to meet the ‘digitalisation’ and embedded finance challenges to existing operating models.
Turpie also comes from a fintech, banking, and InsurTech background and was formerly part of Nimbla and Barclays. Martín, has worked in venture capital building the bridge between fintech startups and incumbents, and previously worked for Mouro Capital and Grupo Santander.
Speaking on joining the company, Christian Ball, Head of Partnerships UK & Europe at Toqio, said, “The future of innovation in business is collaborative. Any business that wants to enhance services, launch new markets or streamline existing solutions wants to execute quickly, cost effectively and with flexibility, driving accelerated solution evolution. Toqio provides the platform to bring together an integrated range of BaaS/SaaS solutions and plug-ins and package them into deployable solutions for mobile and web. It’s this ability to drive new business models rapidly, solving the speed to market challenge in an API driven world that has me hooked.”
Henry Turpie, Partner Account Manager UK at Toqio, complemented “Angela Strange, VC at Andreessen Horowitz, famously predicted ‘every company will become a fintech’. I joined Toqio because I believe we are perfectly placed to make this a reality. With fintech in a state of fragmentation, Toqio is able to amalgamate market leading in-house solutions complemented by our partners with an unprecedented speed to market.”
Julián Martín, Partner Account Manager Europe at Toqio, said “After having spent several years in strategic partnerships for a large bank and in a fintech VC firm, I wanted to apply my skills to a fast-growing startup. Toqio has greatly demonstrated its differentiation, leadership and traction since the start and I am excited to work hand in hand with our partners to further this growth.”
Speaking on the new appointments to the team, Michael Galvin, CCO and Co-Founder of Toqio, commented, “Christian and the new Partnership team we are building at Toqio are a major part of our growth plans going forward and are key to scaling our partner channel. The demand for Toqio is increasing and the potential for strategic partnerships to provide the best possible services to our customers will only continue to scale. They are a well skilled group with fantastic industry experience that will be a huge asset to the company.”
Toqio allows any business, not just banks, to launch embedded finance solutions for their business or customers in a matter of days. It removes the need to build and manage complex software solutions through its SaaS platform and a marketplace of banking and fintech partners. Customers are based across Europe and include Crealsa, Wamo and Just Cash Flow.
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