Tink strengthens UK & Ireland team with former Stripe head of EMEA banking

Open banking platform Tink has bolstered its UK and Ireland team with the addition of Stripe’s former head of banking for Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA), Rafael Plantier, as country manager.

Acting as part of the company’s plans to provide the “best-in-class” solutions for financial institutions, Tink says the growing demand from the UK and Ireland market is evident.

The appointment will see Plantier “lead and grow” Tink’s division as the region continues to develop and engage with customer-centric solutions post PSD2.

Daniel Kjellén, co-founder and CEO, Tink, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rafael to our team and look forward to working side by side to cement our market leading position in the UK and Ireland. 

“Over the next 12 months, we want to prove our value within these markets as a strategic partner for banks, helping them embrace the exciting open banking opportunities ahead.”

Launched in Sweden 2012, Tink is available through one API and enables customers to access aggregated financial data, initiate payments, enrich transactions and build personal finance management tools. 

With more than 250 employees globally, the firm can connect to more than 2,500 banks in 14 markets including the UK, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Plantier previously held the role of head of banking for EMEA at Stripe. In the new role, he will utilise his previous experience to establish new opportunities in the region, having already secured partnerships with NatWest, PayPal and Klarna. 

Rafael Plantier, Country Manager, UK and Ireland, Tink, said: “The UK and Ireland is charging ahead of the rest of Europe in its open banking journey. 

“It’s a brilliant launchpad for challenger banks and fintechs, and a thriving hub of investment and innovation. 

“I’m excited to be right at the heart of the open banking revolution and look forward to this new leadership challenge to turbo charge Tink’s growth in the UK and Irish market.”