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Elavon names former Citibank exec CEO

ATLANTA — Elavon, a leading global payments provider and wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, has promoted Simon Haslam to the position of president and CEO. Haslam succeeds Mike Passilla, who recently departed the company.

Haslam joined Elavon in 2005 and was president of Elavon International Markets. He is credited with leading Elavon’s successful expansion throughout Europe, South America and Latin America, including the company’s recently completed joint venture with Banco Santander.

“Elavon is an international company and naming a global leader solidifies our strategy of expansion into many countries and emerging ways of doing business,” said Pamela Joseph, vice chair of U.S. Bancorp payment services. “Simon’s experience and passion for growth and innovation make him the best individual to lead Elavon as we continue to extend our global reach and the value we deliver to our customers.”

"Elavon’s mission is to drive growth for our customers and partners around the world. We take this calling seriously. As an industry leader with a global presence, we see how our customers’ needs are evolving and are in a unique position to bring new solutions to them — solutions that help them grow their business. Our investment in bringing new products to market, including the establishment of our 50-person innovation lab, ‘The Grove,’ will ensure we continue to deliver on that mission and drive growth for our customers,” Haslam said.

Haslam came to Elavon from Citibank when Elavon acquired its European merchant acquiring business. Prior to his years at Citibank, he was a retail and commercial banker at Midland Bank in London, where he began his career in 1980.

Haslam is chairman of the board of Santander Elavon Merchant Services, a member of the boards of Elavon do Brasil, Visa UK and the UK Cards Association. He was elected fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers April 1996 for Services to Banking.

Haslam will move from his current base in London to Atlanta, where Elavon is headquartered.

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