New strength at SIX
SIX has grown in recent years – and has not only gained market share but also attracted strong leaders.
With a new SIX Payment Services CEO and its business units in Luxembourg and Austria now fully integrated, SIX has a strong future ahead of it.
The last few years have been a period of growth for SIX: 2013 saw the acquisition of Austria's PayLife Bank, while in 2015 the company raised its investment in CETREL S.A. of Luxembourg to 100%. Both foreign subsidiaries are now successfully integrated into the SIX structure, and together with new, local managers from their own ranks are strengthened by being part of the strong SIX brand.
Since 1 January 2016 the Luxembourg entity SIX Payment Services Europe S.A. has been headed by Luxembourger Luc Holper, who began working in sales and market development with the former CETREL and SIX back in 2004. Together with Armand Thomas, another long-standing colleague, he constitutes the Executive Board.
SIX Payment Services (Austria) GmbH will likewise have a new management team from 1 April 2016: Thomas Csipkó (Head Financial Industry Services Austria & CEE), Thomas Grabner (Head Sales Merchant Services Austria) and Andreas Labner (Head Financial Reporting & Accounting Austria). All three were previously in senior positions with SIX and the former PayLife.
Jürg Weber has been at the helm as Division CEO of SIX Payment Services since the autumn of 2015. He has many years of experience in the card business: At McKinsey he built up the firm's Turkish representative office before being appointed CEO of Benkar A.S., part of Boyner Holding, and founder and owner of Golden Horn Management Ltd. As an entrepreneur, he introduced various innovative credit card and rebate programs for banks and merchants in various emerging markets.
Born in Switzerland, he holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jürg Weber also studied civil engineering at the School of Engineering in Switzerland and microeconomics and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"Luxembourg occupies an important strategic position for SIX as one of Europe's major financial centers. In Austria, we are able to continue building on the comprehensive market leadership of the former PayLife in all segments
of the card payments business. Both locations
are already major pillars of our business operations and our growth in Europe," says Jürg
Weber, adding: "And with the new leadership
team we have precisely the right local market proximity for SIX to realize successful customer projects in Europe."