Since joining Visa Europe in October 2013, Nicolas has embarked on a radical change strategy, driving a customer centric focus built on innovation and consumer insight. Organisational transformation has been driven through greater market focus, a more commercial approach, capitalising on opportunities from regulatory change, and being realistic about how to enable and encourage innovation. Under Nicolas’s leadership, Visa Europe has performed extremely strongly with substantial growth in transactions and revenue leading up to its acquisition by Visa Inc. in June 2016. Following the acquisition, Nicolas continues to lead Visa Europe as a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa Inc., operating as a single global company positioned to serve Visa clients with a more seamless experience as well as access to a greater range of capabilities and global innovations in payment technology, products and services.
Prior to becoming CEO of Visa Europe, Nicolas was Chief Executive of Avant in Spain and Ireland, part of the Apollo Group. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the consumer finance business for Apollo Global Management.
Nicolas has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry, including time as CEO Spain for GE Money and roles at GE Capital and Bank of America. He was also a member of the board for a number of joint-ventures with Spanish banks and a member of the board of GEC SAS (GE France Financial Entities Holding).
A true European, Nicolas speaks English and Spanish, in addition to his native French and has lived and worked in a variety of countries. He has a track record of growing businesses and building multi-cultural teams.
Nicolas leads Visa Europe's involvement with Junior Achievement Europe - Europe's largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy and a key partner in Visa Europe's CSR programme.
Nicolas holds a degree in Law and an MA in Political Science and Government, both from the University of Toulouse.