TPAY MOBILE FZ-LLC (TPAY MOBILE, www.tpaymobile.com), the full-service digital payments platform for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, today announces senior leadership appointments for two newly created positions, capitalizing on its recent acquisition of Payguru and building on its commitment to simplify the complex processes that underpin cross-border mobile payment acceptance across MEA and Turkey.
Işık Uman has been appointed Vice President of Global Partnerships, Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). A founding partner and the Chairman of Payguru prior to its acquisition, Işık brings with him a wealth of experience working with mobile network operators (MNOs). He led the buy-out of Neomobile’s Turkish mobile payment business, which, under the Payguru brand in 2016, became the first Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) company granted a payment license by the Turkish Financial Regulator. Under his Chairmanship, Payguru became the leading alternative payment provider in Turkey, processing ₺500 million a year through its DCB and Bank Transfer services.
In addition, Payguru senior executive Onur Ergüney has been appointed Vice President of Gaming & E-sports at TPAY MOBILE. Onur brings with him over 10 years’ managerial experience across the gaming, digital entertainment, and telco sectors, specialising in payment systems, monetization, distribution network establishment, and product development. At Payguru he was in charge of business development strategies, international merchant relations and compliance. Prior to that, he worked with international companies including Game Sultan, Paytogo and MOL Turkey.
“The appointment of Işık and Onur in these roles underscores our commitment to accelerating our ambitious growth strategy,” comments Sahar Salama, CEO of TPAY MOBILE. “Işık and Onur are both proven entrepreneurs, having built and scaled Payguru, and bring with them unrivalled telco, gaming, and E-sports expertise. As we look to further scale TPAY MOBILE and our offering across MEA and Turkey, we are delighted to welcome them to our leadership team and look forward to leveraging their experience across our business.”
Işık Uman, VP of Global Partnerships, Turkey and SSA, comments: “After building a highly successful fintech business at Payguru, which I am very proud of, I am excited to join TPAY MOBILE as we embark on this next chapter together. TPAY MOBILE provides an incredible opportunity for the Payguru team to expand our innovative technology to the wider MEA region, where TPAY MOBILE has proven itself the leading player in the mobile payment space.”
Onur Ergüney, VP of Gaming & E-sports, TPAY MOBILE, adds: “Following the acquisition of Payguru I am thrilled to be joining the TPAY MOBILE leadership team. The opportunity to bring our experience of the gaming and E-sports sector in Turkey and introduce it to the wider MEA region, where TPAY MOBILE has established its presence, is incredibly exciting, and will bring new opportunities for both global and local developers to publish and monetise their games.”
About TPAY MOBILE
TPAY MOBILE provides a full service, end-to-end payment solution that makes it easy for digital service providers to access and accept payments from consumers in 27 countries in MEA and Turkey region.
Through a single API integration, local and global merchants can reach and accept payments from more than 600 million customers. By focusing on mobile payments, TPAY MOBILE offers merchants, operators, developers, and ePayment processors, a payment option that caters to the majority of the population in its markets, including those without a bank account or a payment card, thus also fostering financial inclusion.
TPAY MOBILE is headquartered in the UAE and its services are currently used by over 14 million monthly active users. TPAY MOBILE’s shareholders include Helios Investment Partners, the leading Africa-focused private investment firm, and A15, the Middle East’s leading tech-focused VC fund.