Spencer Hanlon

Global Head of Travel Payments
Nium Inc.

2023 Phocuswright Europe speaker

Spencer Hanlon Global Head of Travel Payments
Spencer Hanlon is the Global Head of Travel Payments at Nium. Based out of London, Spencer is responsible for growing Nium’s scale and depth in the travel and transport vertical globally by consolidating its’ position as one of Europe’s earliest issuers of Virtual Cards at scale. Prior to joining Nium, Spencer held various leadership positions in British Airways over the course of a decade, during which he experienced working and living in several markets including UK, Taiwan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Israel and Turkey. He furthered his career in travel payments with almost two decades at Lufthansa’s AirPlus International where he led teams in sales, marketing, processing, operations, and customer services – culminating in a stint as Managing Director of AirPlus International based out of their headquarters in Frankfurt Germany. He joined Nium directly from Ixaris Group in 2021 where he was Chairman at the time of the acquisition. Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, is a qualified CIMA Management Accountant and certified GTD Coach.


Tuesday, June 13, 2023
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CET

Breakout: Travel FinTech: Have We Only Just Seen The Beginning?

For decades, the travel industry has relied upon large scale institutional clearing houses in numerous geographies to pay each other and get paid. However, as globalisation has continued at pace, coupled with the ever-accelerating rise of digitalisation, these legacy solutions of the past are no longer keeping pace with the increasingly cross border, digital and global commerce needs of the industry. Step forward FinTech to help the industry merchandise their wares, access new markets and bring buyers and suppliers closer than ever before. So, have we seen the full potential of FinTech in Travel yet or is there much, much more to come? Our panellists will share their views on the potential FinTech in travel offers and the challenges in making sure that this potential is realised rapidly, effectively and securely.

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