Adyen’s chief operating officer (COO) Sam Halse has joined anti-money laundering software company First AML as its new COO.
Halse will work with First AML CEO and co-founder Milan Cooper to support scaling the business through international expansion, with a focus on product development and risk management.
According to Cooper, “Sam brings a wealth of experience in the technology industry and a track record of success that will offer a tremendous competitive advantage to First AML as we expand our global footprint and work towards global growth objectives.
“We are pleased to welcome Sam to the First AML team and will benefit greatly from his leadership and expertise as we continue to execute on our aggressive expansion strategy.”
During Halse’s nine years at fintech Adyen, and his five years as global COO he was responsible for driving significant business growth, as the company jumped from 30 to 1200 employees and is now valued at approximately EUR 20 billion.
His previous experience includes working as a solicitor at Hesketh Henry, and he brings knowledge of global environments with five years of experience in Europe and four in North America.
“I am excited to join First AML and work alongside this talented leadership team during such a pivotal time for First AML,” said Halse.
“I saw the pain of needing to onboard millions of customers first hand and am excited about the vision that First AML has to create a holistic onboarding solution while facilitating the re-use of KYC information via a complex-entity KYC passport.
“I can’t wait to get started and am excited about the recent launch of the UK and for what the next 10 years holds for the business.”
First AML was founded in Auckland, New Zealand and also has an office in Sydney.
Its cloud-based proprietary technology is designed to help customers such as financial service providers, lawyers, accountants and real estate agents simplify onboarding process, and to ensure compliance with regulators.