MEET THE TEAM

The passion behind the product.

Our technology and service have been built by a passionate (and quirky) bunch of people with deep backgrounds in financial services, payments and technology. We have a common goal to deliver a world-class payment solution to shoppers that is superior in all respects to traditional credit-based payment products.

Payflex is backed by ZIP, a leading Australian fintech company with over 3.5 million customers across the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

MANAGEMENT

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PAUL BEHRMANN | CEO

Paul leads the Payflex revolution and dreams that one day all payments will be interest-free. Paul has 20 years of banking experience and has held senior roles at the big banks in product development, corporate finance and risk management. He is a keen tennis enthusiast and explorer and holds a BBusSci (UCT), and an MSC Economics (LSE).

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JASON PENTON | CTO

Jason is our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and is responsible for ensuring that the Payflex technology platform delivers an awesome customer experience. Jason has held various senior technology roles over a 15-year career, including senior developer for Smile Telecoms. Jason holds an MSc Computer Science (Rhodes).

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CHRIS OLSEN | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Chris brings 30 years of banking and operational experience to the team. Having worked for a number of financial institutions locally and internationally Chris ensures that all the systems, support functions and processes here at Payflex result in a seamless customer experience.

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KENNE LOUBSER | HEAD OF MARKETING & BRAND

Logical with a dash of radical, Kenne is a marketing and technology professional with 12 years experience across various industries. His experience and expertise covers leading the marketing strategies, production processes and ongoing operations of the full marketing ecosystem of brands. Kenne holds a degree in Social Dynamics (Stellenbosch), Digital Marketing diploma, and a host of professional certifications. He also shreds the guitar like Eddie van Halen (well, almost).

SALES

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FRITS BEYER | HEAD OF SALES

Frits is heading up the sales teams at Payflex. A strategically minded professional with strong business acumen and 18 years’ experience across diverse industries. He offers expertise in developing and implementing effective strategies, collaborating across multidisciplinary divisions, and leading high-performing teams to deliver on organizational objectives. His passions outside work include a social cycle with friends with a good coffee stop.

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CHAD VAN VURREN | SALES EXECUTIVE

An accountant turned salesman. Chad has international sales experience connecting with people around the globe. Don’t let his accounting background fool you; he will speak to you about anything from finance to football to film. “If you want something done right, do it properly the first time.

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AMU HLABANO | SALES EXECUTIVE

Amu Hlabano is a UJ graduate, who is passionate about building authentic relationships and business development. She has over 7 years experience in the communication space. Amu looks forward to adding innovative solutions to your business.

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JONTY MATHEWS | SALES EXECUTIVE

Jonty is an ambitious, vibrant, adaptable and self-motivated individual, striving to make an impact in the lives of others. He applies a logical and creative approach to any task or situation that he undertakes. He also aims to find solutions that best serve the customer’s needs in order to create a mutually beneficial relationship, with growth as its focal point.

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RICHARD BAXTER | SALES EXECUTIVE

Richard has always had a passion for sales. He enjoys meeting new people and building long-term customer relationships. He has a diverse sales background with experience in the financial, industrial and tech industries. He holds a degree in Strategic Management from Varsity College. His passions outside work include boxing, golf and the outdoors.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS

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HOLLY DOHERTY | HEAD OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
Holly is our get things done trailblazer. She has a diverse background working in both non-profit & multi-national service environments. Building impactful relationships and streamlining operations is in her blood. She can be found spending her weekends outdoors with good friends and family. Holly holds a BCom Honours in Management (Rhodes University, WITS).
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EMMA SRUBIS | SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Emma is a Psychology and Gender Studies graduate (UCT) with 5 years experience in the e-commerce industry. Emma is a dedicated, customer-centric, team player with expertise in Digital Marketing, Customer Relationship Management and UX Design. Emma is passionate about people and when she’s not nurturing new and existing relationships, Emma can be found exploring mountain tops, spending time with family and friends, baking, boxing and teaching yoga part-time.

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NALEDI NJEMLA | ACCOUNT MANAGER

Naledi holds an Operations Management qualification and has mastered the ins and outs of customer communications. She’s enthusiastic about strengthening relationships and building partnerships. She spends her time brainstorming new ways to make improvements.

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MAPULENG MAHLATSI | ACCOUNT MANAGER

Mapuleng is a LLB graduate (UKZN) who has a passion for helping others and advocating for children’s rights. She’s currently enrolled for her LLM in Child Law and hopes to one day be involved with Girls not Brides towards eradicating child marriages. She is passionate about customer service as she believes great service is the key to any successful business. When she’s not busy managing relationships she’s hiking, hosting friends, and strengthening her relationship with God.

MARKETING

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KENNE LOUBSER | HEAD OF MARKETING & BRAND

Logical with a dash of radical, Kenne is a marketing and technology professional with 12 years’ experience across various industries. His experience and expertise covers leading the marketing strategies, production processes and ongoing operations of the full marketing ecosystem of brands. Kenne holds a degree in Social Dynamics (Stellenbosch), Digital Marketing diploma, and a host of professional certifications. He also shreds the guitar like Eddie van Halen (well, almost).

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MELISSA ACKERMAN | DESIGNER

Melissa is a designer with a retail-focused career. She has a strong belief in design playing an important role in the customer brand experience. Art keeps her sane.

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ROWAN EVA | MERCHANT MARKETING

Rowan has been running accounts at top advertising agencies globally for over 17 years. He even once coordinated the building of the world’s biggest Vuvuzela on Cape Town’s unfinished highway back in 2010. When not thinking up smart ideas to get brands to shine, he’s a part-time runner and full-time dad.

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ALEX MILLAR | COPY & CONTENT LEAD

A copy and content writer from the Mother City of South Africa, passionate about creating engaging, valuable content. Alex enjoys meeting new people, loves challenges, and making a difference through impactful work.

OPERATIONS

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TOM LISTER-JAMES | OPERATIONS MANAGER

Tom keeps the engine room at Payflex running smoothly, and when he’s not busy under the hood, enjoys sports, friends and building awesome businesses. Tom holds a Sports Management Diploma and a PG Dip Entrepreneurship (UCT).

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TREVOR TOMLINSON | RISK MANAGER

Trevor shares his 41 years of General Banking, Risk Management and Operational experience with the team. Having worked for a number of financial institutions locally, Trevor ensures that all the Risk Management, compliance and Due diligence processes are adhered to at Payflex and ensures that we cover all our bases from a risk perspective, providing the comfort that we pride ourselves by protecting all our Merchants’ and Customers’ interests.

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TIM VAN BLERCK | STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

The builder – Tim has over 18 years of experience in banking and payments systems and loves to take things apart to find out how they work. He has an MBA and a BSc in Computer Science and Information Systems.

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KETTY BUSO | CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Ketty understands the importance of customer service and strives to offer the most superior customer service by finding the best possible solution to customer concerns.

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SHAUN OLSEN | CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Shaun keeps a cool head under pressure and strives to give any challenge his best effort. He comes from an engineering background and currently works as a Customer Support agent and a Sales Representative. He is currently working towards a certificate in the banking industry and also assists with IT jobs and issues in the office. His biggest passions lie with technology and problem-solving.

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CHULE MAJEKE | CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Chule is passionate about marketing and customer relationship management. He has developed a great understanding of sales and the management of customers, specifically in the insurance industry. He lives by the motto: “Quality over quantity”.

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TUMI MODISE | OPERATIONS

Tumi brings 21 years of banking experience with Operations, Debt Collections and Credit experience. She has worked for various banks including Nedbank Private Bank, RMB Private Bank, Toyota Fleet and Commercial Department. She holds a National Diploma in Banking from the University of Johannesburg.

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LONDIWE ZUNGU | CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Londiwe holds an accounting qualification and is one of our dedicated customer support agents. She goes above and beyond to assist customer’s with their issues and doesn’t rest until customer queries are solved as she believes that their problems are hers.

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RICHARD BROOKS | DATA ANALYST

Richard is obsessed with data. Our BI developer and data guru has a particular interest and talent for designing, building, and automating complex and intuitive BI platforms, ensuring that all departments have instant access to critical information.

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ZININZI MTYELWA | OPERATIONS

Zininzi holds an Operations Management Qualification as well as Civil Engineering (CPUT). She is also Registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a candidate to become a Professional Engineer and hopes to build her own Black owned female company as a consultant in structures world-wide. She prides herself in keeping a healthy fit lifestyle. She is bubbly and enjoys a good company with friends while she strives to help others. She is also a firm believer in managing a good relationship with God.

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FREDDIE BAKES | SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Freddie is our Senior Software Engineer and has a passion for learning and implementing the best and latest technologies to optimize our software for customer experiences. With 14 years of experience in the military/defence and health industry backed by an Electrical Engineering Degree (BSc Eng, Stellenbosch). Freddie enjoys mountain biking with his friend and taking his dog for a run.

FINANCE

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DARREN SANDLER | FINANCE LEAD

A Chartered accountant with over 10 years post article experience primarily in wholesale industry before joining. He believes firmly in having a strong finance function in the business, to inform and enable all relevant stakeholders in setting out to achieve short and long term objectives. A sports fanatic who will not say no to a round of golf and some beers with friends.

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BRANDON SHNEIER | FINANCE

Brandon is innovative and conscientious, applying his skills in the field of finance and strategic projects. He is a Chartered Accountant that is people, detail and results-oriented, ultimately striving for scintillating outcomes. He is the ultimate team player, whether it’s in the office or on the soccer field.