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Leadership biographies

Get to know the leaders of Wave.

Kirk Simpson
Co-founder & CEO

Kirk is the co-founder and CEO of Wave. He’s a serial entrepreneur having started multiple businesses before launching Wave in 2010. Kirk has led Wave to be an internationally disruptive fintech, raising nearly $100 million in funding, and building a team of more than 200 people. Kirk has also served as an advisor to Next 36, and provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs and startup visionaries.

Paul Marshall
Chief Operating Officer

Paul is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for driving operational outcomes and revenue for Wave. He has previously held several senior operational and financial leadership roles in the tech industry, including CFO and SVP Operations roles at Influitive. He was also the CEO at Ivara, where he led its successful acquisition.

Les Whiting
Chief Financial Services Officer

Les is the Senior Vice President, Financial Services. He is one of North America's leading payments experts with over 25 years of financial services experience, previously holding key roles at First Data and TD Bank. Les created Wave's financial services strategy, including industry-leading proprietary financial, risk and fraud detection platforms. Les is also an active investor and advisor to fintech startups.

Ashira Gobrin
SVP, People & Culture

Ashira is the Senior Vice President of People & Culture. She has spent the last 22 years as a thought leader and expert, building high-performance teams in global, fast-growing tech companies. Previous roles include leading global operations at Vision Critical, Delvinia and Grey Worldwide, where Ashira combined hands-on operational experience with her ability to turn great potential into measurable results.

Ideshini Naidoo
SVP, Engineering

Ideshini is the Senior Vice President, Engineering. Previously she headed corporate electronic banking across Africa at Barclays Bank and was the Chief Information Officer at Rand Merchant Bank's Corporate Bank. Ideshini brings deep financial technology experience as she leads Wave's 50+ engineers.

Mani Fazeli
SVP, Product

Mani is the Senior Vice President, Product. A former engineer with a passion for customer empathy, Mani leads the development of product and design at Wave. He also previously co-founded three successful companies including ContextLogic and Betterez.

Peter Carrescia
SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development

Peter is the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development. He has spent over 25 years at the intersection of technology, finance and innovation, previously serving as the President of NEXT Canada; and he has held senior roles at leading Canadian venture capital and technology firms including OMERS Ventures, Microsoft and IBM. Today, Peter leads strategy, corporate and business development at Wave.