Former Mastercard executive joins Prezzee as CEO


Prezzee has appointed ex-Mastercard exec Jamie Samaha as global chief executive officer, replacing chief executive officer Tony Karp, who will be stepping down from his role with the global eGift card platform.

In his three years at the company, Karp has overseen the digital gift card merchant’s rapid growth in Australia and its expansion into North America, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Prezzee chairman Shaun Bonett lauded Tony’s tireless efforts in building Australia’s fastest-growing eGift card company:

“Tony has been at the helm of the business during an extraordinarily successful time for Prezzee. Under his leadership, Prezzee has grown strongly in Australia and expanded into new markets,” he said.

Karp joined the company as its 10th employee. Today, Prezzee employs 200 staff globally with ambitions to double its workforce in the next 12 months.

“I haven’t arrived at this decision lightly, but on balance I know this is the right move for me and my family and the right time for a new leader to step into the chief executive officer role,” said Mr Karp.

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Jamie Samaha will now step into the role following seven years with global technology company Mastercard.

“Our immediate focus is about ensuring a seamless transition so that we can maintain the strong momentum we’re experiencing at home and abroad. Australian born and bred, Jamie Samaha brings significant international fin-tech experience to Prezzee,” Bonett continued.

“As our global expansion accelerates, we anticipate an increased need for diverse, complex, multi-market teams. Jamie will be firmly focussed on taking the business to the next level and cementing our status as the world’s leading digital gifting platform.”

“For now, it’s about acknowledging the tremendous contribution Tony has made to the business and the significant role he has played in fuelling our success.”

As a result of the ecommerce boom accelerated by the pandemic, Prezzee has experienced an increased demand for its services globally.

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