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AFS appoints industry heavyweight as Chief Operating Officer

Arab Financial Services Company BSC (c) (AFS), the region's leading provider of electronic-payments and consumer finance outsourcing services has appointed industry veteran Mr Keyka Pourkarimi as Chief Operating Officer.

Shankar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very excited to have Keyka at AFS, he was the perfect fit for this key role given his broad-based experience in the retail payment industry, in-depth knowledge of the technology that underpins our business and proven management experience.

To build on our market leadership position, we need to strengthen our day to day operations further and ensure that we have the right technology and resources in place to meet the increasing demands of our customer base. I have no doubt that Keyka has the skills required to help AFS realise these goals.”

A well respected payment industry expert, Keyka has held a number of senior management positions including Vice President of IT Business Solutions at First Data International and Senior Business Technology Manager at Standard Chartered Bank.

“In Keyka, we have an individual who not only understands payment card processing and the underlying technology behind the scenes, but he also has the ability to implement the processes and procedures that will take AFS to the next level in operational excellence.” said Shankar Sharma, CEO.

In the role of COO, Keyka will spearhead new technology initiatives and manage the technical resources to ensure that new services are made available in a seamless manner.”

“It is not every day that you get the chance to join an ambitious company that is so well positioned for growth,” said Keyka Pourkarimi.

“AFS has a clear directive from its board to invest in emerging technologies and attract skilled people that will provide the highest level of service. I’m really excited about being tasked with the challenge of putting the infrastructure and operational governance in place to achieve the companies’ aggressive expansion plans.”