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Gavin Young Succeeds Femi Williams as Chams Group Managing Director


Gavin Young has been named as the new as Group Managing Director (GMD) of Chams PLC.

He succeeds Femi Williams who is retiring as GMD of Chams after a successful tenure and leadership of the group in the last four years.

The information available to FINTECH AFRICA revealed that Williams has been a diligent and loyal employee of Chams in the past 30 years. He started his career as a Youth Corper in 1989 and rose to become the GMD.

Some of his achievements include the time he led the implementation of the first successful national identity card implementation in 1999 and the formation of Valucard (now UPSL), which was the first e-payment scheme in Nigeria.

He was a member of the team that delivered the first biometric Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] database and produced 53.4 million voters’ cards in less than 90 days.

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Williams also co-led the Chams’ team that delivered the biometric verification number [BVN] project for the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN] and the Nigerian banking system.

However, the incoming GMD, Young joined the Chams group 10 years ago and has worked for 20 years at First National Bank where he implemented electronic banking, card systems and infrastructure for the bank.

He also spent seven years at Visa as Head of sub-Saharan Africa where after developing the Visa CEMEA strategy for Nigeria, volunteered to reside in Nigeria.

Information also showed that Young has increased the number of Visa issuing banks in sub-Saharan Africa in 21 countries from 22 to over 120 in four years.

In 2007, Young joined United Bank for Africa [UBA] as the General Manager, Cards, and issued over five million Visa payment Chip cards in 12 months.

Since 2009, he has worked within the Chams Group as MD of ChamsSwitch and DMD of Chams Mobile amongst other roles.



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