Niall Wass

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Niall Wass
Born1969
NationalityBritish
OccupationSenior vice president, Uber (EMEA and Asia Pacific regions)

Niall Fraser Wass (born 1969) is the senior vice president of Uber's Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions. He is also a director of Uber B.V., Uber's international presence in the Netherlands, and the former Chief Executive[1] of the British payday loan company Wonga.com. Before Wonga, Wass was chief commercial officer at Betfair. Wass has an MBA from INSEAD.[2]

Early career[edit]

During Wass' early career, he was a deal executive at Brait Private Equity and spent six years consulting at Accenture.[3]

Wonga.com[edit]

Wass joined Wonga as Chief Operating Officer in 2012 after failing to secure the Chief Executive job at Betfair where he had been Chief Commercial Officer[4] He left in May 2014 after only six months in that particular position,[5] for eight years. He became Chief Executive for Wonga in November 2013 but he left the company in May 2014 after only six months in that position.[6] As Chief Operating Officer (COO), he was responsible for the company’s move into new products, like business loans,[7] as well as its international expansion.[8]

Wass was one of the Wonga executives believed to be based in Geneva in connection with the use of the Swiss registered firm WDFC SA to process credit applications on behalf of Wonga.[9][10]

Uber[edit]

In 2014, Wass moved to Switzerland to join Uber as senior vice president for the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions.[3] He is tasked with aiding the company's international expansion,[3] and directing Uber BV, the company's headquarters in the Netherlands.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wonga founder in the hot seat" by Toby Green, London Evening Standard, 12 November 2013, p. 46.
  2. ^ Mica Schneider (2009). "France's INSEAD tops the list in BUSINESS WEEK's first ranking of European and Canadian business schools". Business Week. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Becky Pritchard (25 June 2014). "Uber Appoints Former Wonga CEO to Senior Role". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ UPDATE 1-Key Betfair director set to leave and join Wonga by Matt Scuffham, reuters.com, 18 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Wonga co-founder is the latest to exit payday lender" in The Times, 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Payday lender Wonga's boss Niall Wass quits". BBC News. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  7. ^ Damelin now Wonga chair in board reshuffle, by Tim Wallace, Cityam.com, 13 November 2013
  8. ^ Wonga goes international and defies its critics, by Ian Pollock, BBC, 28 January 2013.
  9. ^ Wonga in tax avoidance strategy, claims Corporate Watch by Calum Fuller, Accountancy Age, 14 October 2013.
  10. ^ Wonga shifts part of business to tax haven Switzerland despite not offering loans there Nick Sommerlad, mirror.co.uk, 10 October 2013.
  11. ^ Geoffrey Smith (Geoffrey Smith). "Uber hires CEO of UK lender Wonga to drive foreign growth". Fortune. Retrieved 13 July 2015. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Shashidhar (13 July 2015). "Uber resumes credit card payments in India". Medianama. Retrieved 13 July 2015.