AffiniPay Taps Two Austin Heavy Hitters to Accelerate Growth
July 3, 2019 (Austin, TX) – AffiniPay, a leader in online payments services, today announced the addition of two well-known Austin executives to its growing executive leadership team. Christian Fadel has been named Chief Financial Officer and Austin technology pioneer Greg Kattawar has been added to lead the engineering team.
Fadel has more than 20 years of experience in the payments industry. Prior to joining AffiniPay he served as CFO of Hyperwallet (later acquired by PayPal), a Primus Capital portfolio company that provides mass payout solutions to global customers that operate in more than 170 countries and territories and 150 different currencies.
Prior to that, Fadel served as EVP and CFO of SecureNet (later acquired by Worldpay), a Sterling Partners portfolio company. SecureNet provided end-to-end payment processing solutions with direct connections to Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, in-house front-end authorization and back-end settlement platforms, proprietary mobile and gateway applications, and a full suite of proprietary APIs.
“I’m thrilled to join such an amazing company, leadership team, and culture!” said Fadel. “The AffiniPay team has built an exceptional technology platform tailored for professional services industries and I could not be more excited about the future. Our finance and accounting team is expanding to support our remarkable growth and I’m thrilled about the impact our team will have on our overall strategy.”
With more than 25 years of experience in the Austin tech community, Kattawar joined AffiniPay after serving as the VP of Development and Co-Founder of Swivel. In his time there he was heavily involved in creating the initial product and building a development team to deliver Swivel’s products to market.
Greg was also a Co-Founder and VP of Development at Spiceworks for 11 years where he was responsible for product design, development, testing, and deployment of Spiceworks’ products for both IT pros and advertisers. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at Motive and Tivoli, both of which had IPOs.
“I am honored to be part of a terrific company with tremendous growth potential and a great culture,” said Kattawar. “We are developing a leading-edge tech stack and architecture. Additionally, we are building a premier development organization. This gives us a tremendous opportunity to differentiate AffiniPay’s technology from other payment providers. And best of all, it’s technically challenging and extremely fun!”
These additions are part of AffiniPay’s overall growth strategy as it continues to build on its mission of transforming the way professionals get paid. Tom West, who started with the company last summer as its first chief growth officer, was named CEO in June and has led AffiniPay to 40 percent growth over the past 12 months.
“Greg and Christian are both well-known names in the Austin tech scene, and we’re so excited that they’ve chosen to bring their talents to our team,” said West. “Both have a proven track record of developing extraordinary teams and facilitating growth. I’m confident they are going to have a remarkable impact on our company.”
AffiniPay is the market leader in professional services payments serving legal, accounting, architectural, engineering and construction firms. AffiniPay has been recognized as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies for 10 years in a row. Each of its brands leads the market it serves with solutions purpose-built by industry including LawPay, ClientPay, CPACharge, and AffiniPay for Associations. AffiniPay’s solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 professionals with more than 150 strategic partnerships and endorsements, including the American Bar Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Visit affinipay.com to learn more.