Caitriona Whelan, currently MD and Chief Strategy Officer for Payen, an award-winning technology company servicing the B2B sector by providing innovative solutions for payments and cross-border requirements. She is a UK and Ireland qualified lawyer working in Financial Services for the past 25 years spanning a number of sectors to include Fintech, Payments, Technology and Derivatives and Capital Markets.
Prior to joining Payen, Caitriona worked for RBS as Payments Head of Compliance and Control and was a member of Payments EXCO. She has worked in a number of payment environments including Senior Counsel for MasterCard; Counsel at McClure Naismith (a London based law firm) where she established a practice dedicated to providing legal services to the payments industry. She held a global role while working as General Counsel for Monex Financial Services (a technology company servicing the payments industry), supporting the business in Asia Pacific, US, and EMEA whilst reporting directly to the Board.
Ms Whelan qualified in house while working for Credit Suisse First Boston where she played a pivotal role in developing the legal department’s expertise in capital markets. Her introduction to investment banking came about whilst working as a post grad for a recruitment company where she recruited herself in to a position as budget controller for Salomon Brothers in London.
In conjunction with her husband Ms Whelan has started several independent businesses in the construction, hospitality and retail sectors. She has worked as a volunteer for St Vincent De Paul in Ireland and was instrumental in setting up Youth Clubs in Ireland.
She currently resides in Essex with her husband and cat (Zebo). She is a big rugby fan (coming from the home of rugby i.e. Munster) and in her spare time likes to sail.