Işık Uman and Onur Ergüney have been appointed to the roles of vice president of global partnerships in Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa and vice president of gaming and e-sports, respectively

TPAY MOBILE boosts senior leadership team

TPAY MOBILE, the full-service digital payments platform for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, has made senior leadership appointments for two newly created positions.

The appointments capitalise on its recent acquisition of Payguru and build on its commitment to simplify the complex processes that underpin cross-border mobile payment acceptance across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Işık Uman has been appointed to the role of vice president of global partnerships in Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa.

A founding partner and chairman of Payguru prior to its acquisition, Uman brings with him a wealth of experience working with mobile network operators.

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 company granted a payment licence by the Turkish financial regulator.

Under his chairmanship, Payguru became the leading alternative payment provider in Turkey, processing approximately $60 million a year through its direct carrier billing and bank transfer services.

In addition, Payguru senior executive Onur Ergüney has been appointed to the role of vice president of gaming and e-sports at TPAY MOBILE.

Ergüney brings more than 10 years of managerial experience across the gaming, digital entertainment, and telecoms sectors, specialising in payment systems, monetisation, 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.

Sahar Salama, chief executive officer of TPAY MOBILE, comments: “The appointment of Işık and Onur in these roles underscores our commitment to accelerating our ambitious growth strategy. 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.”

Uman says: “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.” 

Ergüney 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.”