Trish Burgess from Apple joins Santander as the new peer-to-peer payments executive. The announcement came directly from the Spanish bank. The purpose of the new entry will be to create an easy, simple and secure payment system for consumers.
Trish Burgess’ resume is respectable: at Apple, she led the launch of the Apple Card and helped launch Apple Pay in Europe and Asia, involving e-commerce platforms and hundreds of retailers to include Apple Pay as a means of payment. However, this is a comeback for her as she had already been part of the Spanish bank in the past.
The former Apple executive will now be part of a large team led by Chirag Patel, global director of Santander Digital Payments, which includes former executives from Google, Amazon, Paypal, Facebook and Netflix.
The hiring of Trish Burgess is part of the bank’s €20 billion investment in the technology and digital sector. In the next 4 years, Santander wants to become the best financial services platform in the world.
This project also includes Santander’s investments in crypto and blockchain. In fact, the bank has already launched the first bond on the blockchain, a bond issued on the Ethereum network which is a new experiment aimed at making the bond industry faster, more efficient and simpler.
On the crypto front, Santander has long since partnered with Ripple to develop a mobile app, One Pay FX, which uses Ripple’s xCurrent platform to send money from Latin America to the United States.
Chirag Patel, head of Santander’s digital payments industry, said:
“Trish’s appointment as head of P2P highlights our commitment to delivering best-in-class payments solutions for our customers.. We know that innovation is powered by the most talented people, and we welcome Trish’s wealth of payment experience. Her fresh thinking is invaluable to the team as we forge ahead with our ambition to responsibly serve the financial needs of one billion potential customers and businesses in Europe and the Americas.”