George Zirkel

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George Zirkel
SVP & Head of Global Payments Strategy, Transaction Network Services

George Zirkel joined Transaction Network Services (TNS) in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payments Strategy.

In his role, George works closely with the TNS leadership team at the organization’s headquarters in Reston, VA, as well as its in-country teams based across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. George is responsible for setting the strategy direction of the company’s Payments Division and contributing to the objectives of its product, sales, development and operations teams worldwide.

Prior to joining TNS, George was Chief Operating Officer of TabbedOut, a mobile payment app for bars and restaurants with inbuilt CRM capabilities. While in this role George was pivotal to increasing transaction volumes by 530% through sales acquisition, account management, consumer marketing and other strategies.

With more than 20 years’ experience within the Payments industry, George has also held several positions with First Data Corporation, including six years as Vice President of Innovation, Mobile and Advanced Solutions where he lead a team responsible for the creation, execution and management of mobile commerce, loyalty and personalized marketing initiatives. He also spent five years as First Data’s Vice President of International Corporate Development, which involved supporting mergers, acquisitions and strategy development.

George has also worked with SurePay and FleetBoston Financial Corporation and he also held a board position with AIB Merchant Services and supported the Atlanta Chamber.

He holds a MBA in International Finance and a BS in Accounting from St John’s University, New York.

When not at TNS, George enjoys collecting Tibetan and Himalayan art, and has amassed an enviable treasure trove of unique pieces.

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