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Kuda, a money application for Africans has appointed Pavel Khristolubov and Elena Lavezzi as its new chief operating officer and chief strategy officer, respectively at the company’s group level.

The board of directors of Kuda Technologies Limited disclosed this in a statement.

It stated that the recruitment process was aimed at acquiring fit-for-purpose candidates to help in driving the vision and mission of the financial institution.

Khristolubov joined Kuda Technologies from the Tinkoff Bank, a commercial bank in Eastern Europe, where he was responsible for managing efficiency of the workforce, both on product development teams and operational platforms.

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During his tenure as COO, the bank’s client base grew from seven million to 22 million active clients.

His focus was to keep quality and cost levels under control and implementation of required processes and approaches, and to scale product and operations teams to meet the challenges of growth.

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Prior to his work at Tinkoff Bank, he served as a member of the executive team of DXC Luxoft, a software development company, supporting the company’s growth from the very start to when it became a global player with 20,000 engineers working across 20 countries and locations of the world.

The statement added that Lavezzi, brough with her, a vast experience garnered over the years from reputable fintech companies including Circle, a global firm that is at the forefront of digital currency innovation, where she rose to the position of director, Go-To-Market Retail Europe.

Lavezzi led the Southern European region at Revolut for three years, overseeing growth, business development and marketing. She had earlier worked at Uber where she served as marketing manager for four years. She helped Uber launch in the Italian market before moving on to support the growth of the Indian market.

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