Steering Panel

The WOA Steering Panel acts as a board: it gives advice to the management and offers guidance and support for WOA activities. The Panel is composed of volunteer representatives from Premium Members (individual, company or supporting). Chairs of Learning Labs are automatically included in the Steering Panel. 

The Steering Panel meets quarterly by video-call, collaborates by email and meets physically once per year during the WOA Community Convention. 

WOA pursues diversity in the Steering Panel (geography, gender, age, professional experience...) and favours members who show eagerness to contribute actively to the WOA activities.

The initial Steering Panel of WOA is composed of representatives from founding members and of some of the early Strategic Advisors. 

Don't hesitate to get in touch with them if you have any questions or suggestions about World of Open Account! 

  • Steve Box

    Steve Box

    CEO/ General Management
    Deputy Chair and Head of Origination, Channel Capital Advisors LLP
    Founder and Managing Director, Kata Executive Consulting.

    Steve is an Industry Expert with over 35 years of extensive experience in banking and working capital in global markets. He currently holds several Senior Strategic positions for a number of NBFI fintech companies and industry associations, including : Deputy Chair and Head of Origination at Channel Capital Advisors LLP where he also serves on Channel’s Risk Advisory Council, Chairman of Accelerated Payments Ltd, Strategic Advisor to WOA (World of Open Account), Hitachi Capital, OCI Ltd and Muse Ltd amongst others.

    Steve has previously held a variety of domestic and international roles, including: Head of Europe/UK at Falcon Group, International CEO of Europe/Asia and North America at Bibby Financial Services, Global Head of Receivables Finance at HSBC (operating across 30 countries), European Head of Trade, Supply Chain, Commodities and Receivables Finance and CEO at HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd, Trade Finance and Equipment Finance Ltd (UK).
    He was previously Chairman of Asset Based Finance Association (UK), Board and Exec Committee member of International Factors Group and Factors Chain International.
  • John Brehcist

    John Brehcist

    Service provider to Receivables Finance
    CEO/ General Management at roundwindow
    John Brehcist is an acknowledged expert in the Receivables Finance world. Previously the Head of Strategy for Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, for over twelve years he has run his successful roundwindow consultancy business working with clients (from start-ups to established leaders, from emerging to developed markets) in over twenty countries, offering impartial advice and constructive support on strategy, marketing, operations, people, risk and fraud control. He has combined this with taking a range of non-exec director roles, been Director of Advocacy at FCI and the Coordinator of the EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance, and since September 2019 a key member of the team at World of Open Account, WOA. John has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from Warwick. He is a well-known author, lecturer and conference presenter.
  • Kevin Day

    Kevin Day

    HPD Software’s CEO, Kevin Day, is committed to making the company the technology partner of choice for businesses in the global invoice discounting, supply chain finance, factoring and asset based lending markets. Kevin's history with HPD means that he truly understands the evolving issues the industry faces as well as what its clients need to grow their markets and their market share. He began his career more than 25 years ago as a software developer at HPD and has worked his way up the ranks, holding positions as a business analyst, product manager, product director, board member and COO. His first-hand experience in developing, designing and bringing HPD's software to market means that Kevin has a unique and invaluable perspective on what HPD can do to help its clients deliver better working capital finance solutions around the world. Kevin also ensures that HPD regularly works in partnership with its clients to develop new products to meet their changing needs and expectations.
  • Andy Dodd

    Andy Dodd

    CEO/ General Management
    Andy brings over twenty five years of Invoice Finance experience. Currently the Managing Director at Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance based in the UK, he began his career at Barclays Bank where he completed his banking qualifications before moving to roles at Euro Sales Finance and RBS. He was part of the management team which started Liquidity Ltd in 2004, an independent sales finance business based in the Midlands UK, and thereafter supported the transition of the business into Santander following their acquisition. A keen follower of technology, he is currently implementing a number of key projects which will bring radical change to the UK Invoice Finance market. Andy sees WOA as a great opportunity to attract, support and develop young talent into the industry.
  • Christian Faber

    Christian Faber

    CEO/ General Management
    Partner and specialized lawyer for banking law and capital markets law at the law firm Bette Westenberger Brink. Christian Faber provides legal counsel and advice to banks, factoring providers and fintech companies, including contract drafting for all receivable trade issues, digital product development, risk management, compliance issues, refinancing and litigation procedures.
  • Simon Featherstone

    Simon Featherstone

    Simon Featherstone, Strategic Advisor
    Simon is working with Blue Compass LLP on new operating and financial models for the invoice finance space, principally across the Americas and has a diverse range of experience in financial services spanning almost 30 years. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of the Business Finance division at specialist bank Shawbrook. Before joining Shawbrook, he was Global Chief Executive of Bibby Financial Services (BFS), the world’s largest non-bank invoice and trade finance business and prior to BFS, he was Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance and Network Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking.
    Simon has served as CEO and subsequently Chairman of The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) Plc and as the Deputy Chairman of the UK trade body The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), as well as on the Board of the global trade body, International Factors Group.
    He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on Bibby Distribution and Bibby Offshore Boards and currently advises a number of SME-focused businesses.
  • Steven Geerlings

    Steven Geerlings

    at Dentons
  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins

    CEO/ General Management
    Founder of Atlantic RMS Group with offices in Chicago and London.
    Expert in International Collateral Diligence, Risk Management, Strategic Consulting, Work Outs and Cross Border Field Exams. Lecturer and Presenter at various conferences in USA and Europe. Provides specialised in House Training in respect of Asset Based Lending, Risk and International Trade. Specialties : Consulting, Advisory, Cross Border Finance, Trade Finance, Training and Trouble Shooting.
  • Daniel Huszar

    Daniel Huszar

    Head of Sales, Efcom
    Coming from the business and distribution side of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr. Daniel Huszár founded his own advertising agency, then joined efcom in 2012. As Head of Sales, he supported efcom in expanding its international business, by defining a global marketing strategy. Daniel Huszár is responsible for client communication, as well as consultancy in product development. Past projects include working with Allianz Bank, KBC and Postbank. Furthermore, Mr. Huszár is a speaker at international conferences hosted by FCI, BCR and numerous European Factoring Associations.
  • Gideon Jones

    Gideon Jones

    Sales Department
    Gideon Jones studied Law before joining UK Government, Export Credit Guarantee Department. His career has focussed on risk management within the credit insurance industry including leading roles in Special Risks Underwriting, Claims, Recoveries and Collections always in an international environment. He was centrally involved in merger and acquisition activity within the current Atradius Group, established Risk offices in Asia and was the founding director of Atradius Collections in UK. Now within Atradius Collections, Gideon develops strategic partnerships globally with a special focus on Financial Institutes and is centrally involved in Atradius Group innovation and technology forums. Gideon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. He is married with two children and based in Cardiff, UK.
  • Thorsten Klindworth

    Thorsten Klindworth

    CEO/ General Management
    Founder and CEO of A.B.S. Global Factoring.
    Thorsten is working in the invoice finance space since 1996. After graduating with his studies at the University of Regensburg with focus on finance and strategic management he founded A.B.S. Global Factoring AG in Wiesbaden, Germany. Today A.B.S. Global Factoring AG is Germany’s largest non-bank invoice finance business. In 2011 Thorsten started spreading out his business activities across Europe with acquiring and building up seven more companies in the invoice finance industry in different domestic and European markets. Nowadays the A.B.S. Group is active in the German Speaking Area (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) as well as in Scandinavia and South-East Europe. Until today Thorsten is the main owner and the Head of the Group. In the Wiesbaden-area where the headquarter is located he supports a lot of social and cultural projects and on a national and European level he is very much involved in promoting the SME’s economical environment.
  • Jeff Longhurst

    Jeff Longhurst

    CEO/ General Management
    Jeff is immediate past Chair of the Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending Board of UK Finance – the industry trade association which represents 97% of invoice finance in the UK with £300bn sales purchased annually.
    He has 40 years of experience in invoice finance - over 20 years as CEO/Managing Director working in clearing bank subsidiaries, specialist asset based lenders and independent invoice finance providers. He has set up and successfully sold his own invoice finance business and currently advises a range of businesses in and around Invoice Finance and Fintech.
    Jeff is a former chairman and CEO of the Asset Based Finance Association and member of the Executive Committee of the EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance.
    Jeff has an MA in Law from Trinity Hall Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.
  • Jerry Paulson

    Jerry Paulson

    CEO/ General Management
    Jerry is a Partner at Lockton Companies, the largest privately held insurance broker globally. Half of his focus is on working capital solutions that meet client needs, often requiring the use of insurance. This focus lends itself to partnering with banks, non-banks and trade finance providers, where he spends the balance of his time.
    As Head of Bank Channel for Euler Hermes, Jerry led teams in North and South America partnering with the top ten global banks domiciled in the Americas. He delivered Basel III compliant, risk distribution solutions for banks seeking credit enhancement and capital relief. Today, Jerry is a regular speaker and panelist at trade finance conferences evangelizing the benefits of risk transfer for banks using insurance products. Jerry joined Lockton to feed his entrepreneurial appetite whilst solving problems for his clients. With access to global underwriting hubs in London, New York and Singapore, he supports clients located worldwide.
  • Andy Tananbaum

    Andy Tananbaum

    Former Executive Chairman of White Oak Commercial Finance, LLC, (fka Capital Business Credit), the company he owned and operated with Perry Capital, an investment management firm, from 2005 until its acquisition by White Oak Global Advisors in December 2016. Previously, Andrew Tananbaum was president and CEO of Century Business Credit Corporation, before selling it to Wells Fargo in 1998. Previously, he worked for the Merban Corporation, am emerging market international finance company, and as an associate for Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Mr Tananbaum also served as a law clerk to a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He was an active member of the CFA, previously sitting on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. He received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from the University of Michigan.
  • Erik Timmermans

    Erik Timmermans

    CEO/ General Management at World of Open Account (WOA)
    Managing Director of BZIX Consulting & Management, specializing in Receivables Finance and Association Management. Erik was Secretary General of IFG from 2005 till 2015 and played a key role in the merger between IFG and FCI on 31/12/15. Post-merger Erik was Deputy Secretary General of FCI till 31/12/2017. He started his career in the factoring industry with International Factors Belgium. He has been one of the founders of the EUF. In March 2018 he received both the Life Time Achievement Award at the BCR RFIx conference and the Leadership in Receivables Finance Award at the Business Money Awards Dinner. In 2018 he founded World of Open Account (WOA) together with a group of industry experts. WOA’s mission is to be the Global Collaborative Competence Centre for more, better and safer Receivables Financing.
  • Eleonore Treu

    Eleonore Treu

    Eleonore, a German lawyer, is an in-house legal counsel at ICC Austria. Her day-to-day activities include international capacity building, business development and project management in Trade Finance, Letters of Credit, Bank Guarantees and Arbitration. She is a member of the Legal Committee of the ICC Banking Commission, a member of the acceptance stream of the ICC Task Force on Digitalisation and founding member of the Regional Banking Forum CEE and Central Asia. She frequently travels to those regions to speak on ICC’s priorities, on opportunities for capacity building and on various ICC policy agendas. She also joined the working committee on Trade Law of the newly established Global Trade Professional Alliance.
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