Open finance data network and payments platform Plaid has appointed Ripsy Bandourian as its first head of Europe.
The appointment of Bandourian, who spent eight years at Booking.com leading teams across product, marketing and partnerships in Amsterdam, is designed to support the US-headquartered fintech’s next stage of growth as it continues to expand across continental Europe.
Bandourian will lead business strategy and operations for Plaid’s Europe arm, after her time at Booking.com as well as her roles at Apple, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs.
Plaid has appointed its first head of Europe to oversee teams in London and Amsterdam, following its launch in the UK, the release of its full-stack open banking solution to support data and payments, and expansion across continental Europe.
“With one integration, companies can now access the best of open banking across Europe and North America. This is just the first step on our mission to unlock financial freedom across the world,” explained Bandourian in a blog post announcing her appointment.
“We have a massive opportunity to enable innovators to create products and services that better suit people’s needs—just as we have since Plaid’s early days. In the coming months, I will meet with many people across Europe’s digital financial ecosystem to understand their needs and how Plaid can help.”