Monday November 18 ,2013 : CHAIRMAN OF OPTIMAL PAYMENTS TO STEP DOWN
 
Change of guard for payment services provider
 
Group Chairman of Optimal Payments plc, Dale Johnson, will step down as of November 20, 2013.
 
The parent group of Neteller and Netbanx made the announcement Monday saying Johnson would also leave the board of directors due to a change in personal circumstances.
 
Johnson, who was appointed chairman of the board in 2007, said “It has been a privilege to serve the group over the last six years, and I am especially grateful for the strong support that I have received from both my Board colleagues and the executive team. I’ve been particularly proud of the work that Joel and his team have done over the last three years to create a high-growth leader in the online and mobile payments sector.”
 
“On behalf of the Board and employees, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dale for his enormous commitment to the company over many years, and for his wise, thoughtful leadership and guidance, which have been an essential part of creating a successful, innovative and diversified international company," added Joel Leonoff, president and chief executive officer of Optimal Payments.  "We wish him well for the future.”
 
Until a permanent replacement is found, Jonathan Comerford will assume Johnson's role.  Comerford has served on the Board of Directors for over four years, and brings a deep knowledge of the company and extensive governance experience to his role.