By: 31 January 2023

Koen Köppen joined Mollie as chief technology officer last May. Previously, he worked as Klarna’s CTO for five years

Paytech Mollie promotes Koen Köppen to CEO

Mollie, a payments platform founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2004, is set to appoint Koen Köppen as its new chief executive officer.  

The appointment is conditional to the approval by the Dutch Central Bank and on the advice of Mollie’s works council. 

In his new role, Köppen will work on Mollie’s mission to simplify complex financial services and level the playing field for small- and medium-sized enterprises. 

Koen Köppen

Koen Köppen

Köppen joined Mollie as chief technology officer last May. Previously, he worked as Klarna’s chief technology officer for five years.  

He will replace current chief executive officer Shane Happach, who is leaving the company to take up a leadership role in Asia.  

Köppen helped to launch Mollie Capital, a way for its customers to access funding, in September 2022. 

The launch was part of Mollie’s move into new areas of financial services and a way for it to improve access to cash for SMEs. 

As chief executive officer, Köppen’s will take an even more central role in developing and launching innovative products such as Capital at speed. 

Eli Leenaars, chair of Mollie, commented: “We’ve been very impressed by Koen’s achievements and drive over the last eight months.  

“His promotion is richly deserved and we are confident in his ability to lead Mollie’s further growth and evolution.” 

On Happach’s departure, he added: “Shane can be proud of the company he leaves behind, leading our Series C funding round and our move into financial services.” 

Mollie raised $800m in a series C funding round in 2021, taking the fintech’s total funding raised to more than $940 million.  

Image: Mollie  

Josh Poyser
Josh Poyser is an editor at FinTech Intel. He has written about fintech for several years and appeared at FinTech Connect 2023 on the 'Unlocking Success: The Art of Fintech PR' panel.