SOURCE: Emergent


August 20, 2015 13:16 ET

PayPal, Worldpay, Visa Executives Join Emergent Payments Team

Adding CFO, Business Development Director and VP Merchant Solutions & Strategy to Address Growth

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2015) -  Emergent Payments, a global payments company that enables digital businesses to accept over 200 secure payment methods around the world, today announced it has added executives from PayPal, Worldpay and Visa to its senior leadership. The new executives will enable Emergent Payments to address a new wave of growth, following the company's re-launch in June 2015 to focus on emerging markets. 

The new executives include CFO, Joseph Podulka, previously a veteran at eBay; Business Development Director, Rob Freedman, previously Business Development Manager at Worldpay; and Vice President Merchant Solutions & Strategy, Pawan Chawla, previously Senior Director, Merchant Integration/Technical Account Management at Visa.

"This is an exciting time for Emergent Payments as we grow the business to address the $1.7T revenue opportunity in emerging markets for our customers," said Mitch Davis, CEO, Emergent Payments. "The re-launch was very well received by both our customers and the industry. Now we are adding further international payments experience to our team with Joseph, Rob and Pawan. With over twenty years' payments and eCommerce experience between them, we are well positioned to increase our market share in the global payments space."

Joseph Podulka, CFO, Emergent Payments was previously a veteran at eBay, with roles including Head of Finance for PayPal New Ventures and PayPal Europe. Most recently Joseph was CFO, VP of Finance at HEARST, home to the San Francisco Chronicle and

Rob Freedman, Business Development Director, Emergent Payments was previously Business Development Manager at Worldpay. Rob brings a wealth of new business sales experience with digital ecommerce for enterprise customers.

Pawan Chawla, Vice President Merchant Solutions & Strategy, Emergent Payments was previously Senior Director, Merchant Integration/Technical Account Management at Visa. Pawan has extensive experience in technology integration, solutions architecture, digital commerce and global payments.

About Emergent Payments
Emergent Payments enables global enterprises to accept secure payments in emerging markets around the world, and has a premiere clientele of digital merchants including, Samsung, DayBreak Games Company and Wargaming.Net, among others. 

Emergent was formerly called Live Gamer, a company founded in 2007 to help game developers monetize their content globally. The Live Gamer team gained insights and expertise around developing and servicing the monetization needs of game publishers around the world and, in particular, in the complexities of handling payments in international markets. After Live Gamer's successful sale of its micro-transaction platform in 2014, the management team decided to build upon this expertise in global payments and refocus the company, bringing their learning from the games industry to a market that is substantially larger -- global digital e-commerce. In 2015, they launched Emergent Payments, a company dedicated to helping global digital enterprises to successfully navigate the complicated process of accepting payments in emerging markets.

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