Silvio Barzi, Board Member
Silvio Barzi is an experienced C-level executive with prior roles that include serving as Chief Executive Officer for UniCredit Consumer Finance and Partner at both Booz.Allen & Hamilton and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Barzi also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, investor and mentor in early stage startups.
Mr. Barzi has served as a director on several boards, including the boards of Mastercard Worldwide and of UniCredit Family Financing Bank. In addition to his role as a director on the board of Truata, Mr. Barzi is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Mastercard Europe.
Barry Smyth, Board Member
Barry Smyth (BSc, PhD, Hon. DTech(RGU), MRIA) is a scientist and entrepreneur. He holds the DIGITAL Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Barry’s research interests cover a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, case-based reasoning, and recommender systems. Barry also co-founded ChangingWorlds and HeyStaks, based on research from his lab, and he currently serves as a board member and/or advisor for a number of AI-related start-ups.
Kevin Butler, Board Member
As Managing Director of TMF Management (Ireland) Ltd (“TMF Ireland”), the Trust Administrator for Truata, Kevin leads a team of professionals providing several hundred clients with a range of company secretarial, accounting and payroll services.
Kevin has more than 19 years of experience in finance, accounting and management roles. Prior to joining TMF, he was Chief Finance Officer at FirstRand Ireland Plc an Irish subsidiary of the FirstRand Group in South Africa. Kevin has also held accounting, finance and regulatory roles at KPMG, Baker Tilly and IBRC.
During his career, he has held PCF (Pre-approved Controlled Function) positions in regulated institutions both by the Irish Financial Regulator and the South African Financial Regulator. He was an executive director for a regulated institution and currently is managing director of TMF Group – UK and Ireland. In addition, Kevin holds non-executive directorship positions in regulated funds, aviation entities, securitization entities and technology companies.
Kevin is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University.
Martina Hund-Mejean, Board Member
Martina Hund-Mejean was the Chief Financial Officer for Mastercard from 2007 to 2019. In this position, she was responsible for all corporate finance functions, investor relations, strategy, M&A, risk management, global supply chain, business unit and regional finance functions and the company’s shared service center. Ms. Hund-Mejean was also part of the company’s Management Committee. During her tenure, the company’s market cap increased from $25 billion to over $200 billion by growing its core business, diversifying its customers and geographies and building a suite of services. In addition to her role as a director on the Truata board, she is currently the chair of the Mastercard Impact Fund.
Prior to joining Mastercard in 2007, Ms. Hund-Mejean served as senior vice president and treasurer of Tyco International Ltd. She joined Tyco in 2002 as part of its “new” management with responsibility for all areas of treasury, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. During her tenure with Tyco, she executed $6 billion in financings in order to address Tyco’s 2002/2003 liquidity crisis. She also revamped the company’s capital structure, including debt reduction and share repurchase programs; introduced a new banking portfolio, and led major divestiture efforts including the 2007 separation of Tyco’s Healthcare and Electronics businesses.
Prior to Tyco, she was senior vice president and treasurer of Lucent Technologies Inc. (now Alcatel-Lucent). In this positon, her responsibilities included capital markets, corporate finance, banking, credit and risk management, investor relations and pension investments. She raised over $12 billion of financings for the company. From 1998 to 2000, Ms. Hund-Mejean held a series of finance positions of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corporation, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, including the assistant treasurer post. She began her corporate career as a credit analyst at Dow Chemical in Frankfurt, Germany.
Ms. Hund-Mejean has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk Management magazine three times, one of the “Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker magazine for three consecutive years, and was also named “Woman of the Year – Private Sector” by the Financial Women’s Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Virginia, Darden School Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York and a member of the Board of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Hund-Mejean received a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at The University of Virginia, USA.
Sheila FitzPatrick, Board Member
Sheila FitzPatrick is President and Founder of FitzPatrick & Associates, a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm. She has over thirty-five years’ experience in global data privacy, data protection and sovereignty compliance. Sheila is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection authorities in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and The Americas, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, issues associated with cloud computing, big data and new technologies, data breach compliance and management, and records management.
Sheila has been recognized by Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) around the world for her depth of comprehension and commitment to data protection laws. She speaks regularly at global conferences and panel discussions and publishes many articles focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing. Sheila is one of the foremost experts on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and was identified as one of the 2017 EMEA 50 recipients, an honor bestowed on the 50 most influential people in EMEA. Sheila was also honored as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2017.
Sheila holds strategic seats on “by invitation only” data privacy committees in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Prior to starting her own firm in 1995, Sheila held management positions with Oracle, Price Waterhouse, General Electric and General Dynamics.
Sheila holds degrees from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA (BA) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (LLM).
Sebastian Krause, Board Member
Sebastian Krause is General Manager for IBM Cloud in Europe. In this role, he is responsible for IBM’s cloud business and strategy in Europe. Sebastian has spearheaded numerous strategic initiatives for IBM Cloud in Europe, including the expansion of the IBM cloud footprint with the opening of new Cloud data centres and Cloud Garages to co-create with clients. He leads a team of sales, services, channel, technical and marketing professionals to deliver value to thousands of clients across the geography.
Sebastian has held various senior leadership roles in IBM. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President, Global Storage Sales in IBM’s Systems Group, based in New York (USA). In this role, he successfully transformed and led IBM’s world-wide storage sales organisation. Prior to that, Sebastian was Vice President, Software Group, Northeast Europe, based in IBM’s Zurich (Switzerland) office. Past assignments include Vice President, Software Group, Germany, and Director of Sales Operations for Software Group in Europe, Middle East, Africa out of IBM’s office in Paris (France).
Sebastian is a member of IBM’s Acceleration Team which consists of IBM’s top 300 senior executives, designed to lead growth and transformation efforts across the company. He is also a member of the supervisory board in three IBM subsidiaries.
Sebastian started his career as a student trainee at IBM in 1991 and earned a degree in Business Economics and Information Technology from the Technische Fachhochschule in Berlin (Germany). He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Henley Management College in London (United Kingdom). Sebastian is a results-oriented business leader, with extensive leadership experience in multiple business areas and a proven track record focusing on and delivering client value. He is a well-regarded speaker at industry events and functional community meetings.