Simon Keys named Head of Business Development for Pismo in Oceania

Simon Keys, Head of Business Development for Oceania at Pismo

Pismo, one of the world’s fastest-growing banking SaaS firms, has just appointed Simon Keys to spearhead the expansion in the Oceania region, including Australia and New Zealand. Simon has almost three decades of experience in financial, payment processing and travel organisations. His previous roles included almost five years as Principal at XLII Consulting.

What does Simon bring to Pismo?

Simon held multiple roles with Visa, most recently leading Visa’s processing strategy for international markets. Prior to Visa Simon worked with American Express in the Asia Pacific Region. Simon has joined Pismo to help the company expand its presence in the region.

“Banks, financial institutions, and fintechs in Australia and New Zealand are looking into ways to modernise their infrastructure and continue supporting customers with new ways of dealing with money. But reliability is key. Pismo’s all-in-one, cloud-native platform can give them the agility to innovate with the required resilience and scalability,” commented Simon.

“Pismo is a great fit for clients wanting to upgrade to next-gen tech, including new fintechs looking for an end-to-end platform. I’m very excited to bring Pismo to our local market.”

What is the market reach of Pismo?

Since its Series B led by Amazon, SoftBank and Accel, which raised $108m in October 2021, Pismo has grown exponentially. It announced offices in Europe, US, and Singapore. It also established a partnership with OneConnect, the leading technology-as-a-service (TaaS) provider and an associate of Ping An Group, to expand its operations in South-East Asia.

Vishal Dalal, Pismo CEO (North America, EMEA and APAC) says: “The Oceania banking sector is experiencing a renaissance, with clients experimenting with new forms of financial services.”

One in five Australians surveyed (18%) hold a digital bank or neobank account, according to a research study in Finder. “With our deep understanding of the pain points of financial service providers, it is the right time to expand Pismo’s presence and support players in the Oceania region with the resilience and flexibility of the cloud,” the international CEO further added.

Pismo has deep expertise developing and implementing banking SaaS solutions for financial institutions, such as Banco Itaú, Latin America’s largest bank, BTG Pactual, the largest investment bank in Latin America, and renowned German-headquartered digital bank N26.