Rik Goslinga leaves Kearney for Strategy role at PayPal

14 January 2020 Consultancy.eu 2 min. read
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Payments provider PayPal has hired Rik Goslinga as its Corporate Strategy Director for Europe. 

The Dutchman joins the financial services company with more than fifteen years of consulting experience under his belt. Previously, he was a Principal at Kearney, formerly A.T. Kearney, in the firm’s Amsterdam office. Goslinga served Kearney for nine years, and before that worked for Quintel Strategy Consulting, a Dutch consultancy which in 2011 was acquired by the US strategy and operations consulting giant. 

Goslinga has gained extensive experience advising clients on strategy, business transformation, cost optimisation, digitisation and innovation, with a focus on the banking sector. As a subject matter expert, he was involved with a number of banking sector research initiatives conducted by Kearney, including its ‘Open Banking’ and annual ‘European Retail Banking Radar’ series.Rik Goslinga leaves Kearney for Strategy role at PayPalAt the turn of the new decade, Goslinga has now embarked on a fresh challenge at PayPal, one of the globe’s largest providers of payment solutions. The company’s platform enables more than 250 million people from 100-plus countries to send, receive, and hold funds in 25 currencies worldwide. Founded in 1998 by among others Tesla founder Elon Musk, PayPal today generates revenues of over $15 billion. 

Goslinga has been appointed Director of Corporate Strategy for Europe, responsible for among others strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, prioritisation of business opportunities and entry into new markets for the region. 

Commenting on his move, he wrote on LinkedIn; “Joining PayPal, 2020 has started well for me. I am very excited to help reimagine money and shape the future of payments across Europe. Unlocking the power of the network with close to 300 million active accounts, with many opportunities in part driven by recent acquisitions like Honey, Simility, Hyperwallet and iZettle.”

The European Strategy head will work closely with among others former McKinsey & Company partners Jonathan Auerbach (Chief Strategy, Growth and Data Officer Officer) and Alfonso Villanueva (Global Head Strategy), as well as Singapore-based former Boston Consulting Group Principal Nadia Lokenvitz (Head of International Strategy).