The Velo Story
Velo is the result of combining our profound understanding of payments and the systems on which they run, with our appreciation of the evolving needs of corporates driven by technology-led globalization, mobilization, new marketplace business models and regulation.
Our team is purpose-built to the task, with a hunger to change the world.
The Velo Platform reinvents corporate treasury from a vertical, local solution delivered by banks, to a global service on a modern data platform that communicates with banks and non-banks anywhere in the world.
CEO & Chairman
John Partridge serves as Velo Payments CEO and delivers strategy and vision for the company, drawing upon 40 years of Financial Services Expertise. Prior to joining Velo, John joined Corsair Capital LLC, as an operating partner with a specific focus on Payments and FinTech. Before joining Corsair, John served as the President of Visa Inc. where he managed all functions of the business, including leading the effort of transforming Visa to a publicly traded company.
Before Visa, John served in leadership roles in Inovant, UNUM Corporation, Banco de Credito del Peru in Lima and Wells Fargo Bank.
John holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Drew is the President of Velo and Executive Director, responsible for all commercial and strategic efforts for the company.
Most recently Drew was the Chief Growth Officer at Hyperwallet, responsible for driving growth and innovation initiatives. Prior to Hyperwallet, Drew was the co-founder and CEO of Sequent Software Inc, a secure mobile commerce platform. Drew was also the founder of Project 18, a product development and digital consultancy.
Drew practiced law at White & Case and Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he represented MNOs, banks, startups, payment networks, media companies and advertising agencies.
Drew also sits on the Board of Directors of privately held Arrive Capital and Cognical, next generation fintech companies.
Drew has a B.A. with honors from Brown University and a J.D. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law.
Chief Technology Officer
John is the CTO of Velo, responsible for all technology development and IT for the company.
Most recently, John was the founder of C24, which built the software libraries for 38 of the 50 largest money center banks use to make standards-based payments like SWIFT, SEPA, Fed Wire, etc.
John’s background is enterprise architecture, especially when it comes to architecture modernisation, performance and scalability. An expert in blockchain but just as comfortable coding in C and Java, from lambdas to rebuilding a Linux kernel.
John has been global chief architect at JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and was the original architect behind Visa Checkout.
John has a B.S.C. in astrophysics from University College London.
Chief Financial Officer
Elliott is the CFO of Velo and owns supply chain and business operations.
Previously, Elliott held senior executive roles at CytoSport, Inc., the parent company of Muscle Milk, and Annie’s, Inc. In these roles, Elliott was responsible for finance, strategic planning, and supply chain. At CytoSport, Elliott led the strategic alternatives process, which resulted in a sale to a strategic buyer. At Annie’s, Elliott helped scale the business from a start-up to a public company, and participated in its IPO roadshow.
Prior to his operational experience, Elliott was a private equity investment professional at Solera Capital and Aurora Capital.
Elliott received his B.A. in Chemistry, cum laude, from Amherst College and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chief Revenue Officer
Charles is the Chief Revenue Officer for Velo and is responsible for Payments, Pricing, Business Development and Sales. After spending 10 years as a Senior Executive at Capital One and Washington Mutual/Chase, Charles ran a leading Loyalty Consulting firm and spent time as the Chief Customer Officer at Hyperwallet and the EVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Product Development for Affinity Solutions.
Charles has been responsible for multiple M&A transactions, both as an advisor and an Executive, including the acquisition of a leading loyalty business for a Fortune 500 company. In his roles, Charles has managed relationships and handled multi-billion dollar partnerships and agreements with Visa, MasterCard, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and other major financial corporations.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
Vice President of Engineering
Andrew has over 20 years of delivering fault-tolerant, high availability systems, the last 15 of which have been spent developing products and services for the financial services industry. As Vice President of Engineering he is responsible for establishing and implementing Velo’s technical vision.
Before joining Velo he was the CTO at C24 Technologies, where he deployed software into the business-critical message processing systems of almost every tier-1 bank. Prior to that he ran front & middle-office development for a Mastercard-owned credit card issuer and processor. At SmartStream Technologies he managed the development of multiple award-winning components of their Transaction Lifecycle Management platform.
His earlier work includes massively parallel, distributed data mining products (subsequently acquired by Pitney Bowes) and extreme-availability/low-latency solutions, such as the call-routing component in British Telecomms' telephone network.
Andrew holds a 2:1 Honours degree in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of Edinburgh.
Head of Legal and Compliance
Tom has been a practicing business lawyer for over 25 years, with deep experience in the payments business, start-ups, and international business enterprises. Prior to law school, Tom worked at Arthur Young & Co., where he did tax and audit work for Silicon Valley businesses of all sizes. He began his legal career as an attorney with the international law firm of Graham & James LLP, one of the first U.S. firms to have an active practice in Japan.
In 1997, Tom went to work as a staff attorney at Visa International and later became General Counsel of Visa International.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, where he was made a member of the Order of the Coif.
Global Head of Financial Partnerships
Gloria joined Velo Payments as the Global Head of Financial Partnerships for Velo Payments. She leads all financial institutions, FinTech and financial infrastructure for the company globally.
Prior to Velo, Ms. Colgan served as the President of PYMNTS.com, the leading digital media player in payments innovation. Prior to her work at PYMNTS, she was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Emerging Payments at Discover Financial Services and Senior Vice President in Treasury Services at JP Morgan Chase.
Gloria also serves on the board of advisors for multiple start-up entities in the mobile money and digital payment space and is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Wnet, the national organization for women in payments. Ms. Colgan has worked at McKinsey & Co, and Sears Roebuck.
Ms. Colgan holds a MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.