Transaction Network Services (TNS) is pleased to announce that George Zirkel has been appointed as Senior Vice President, North America, for the Payment Markets. In this newly formed role, George will lead the North America market and continue to have responsibility for leading South America.  

George joined TNS in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payments Strategy. In 2019, following the successful acquisition of Link Solutions in Brazil, he also assumed the responsibilities of General Manager for the South America region. Over the past five years, George has driven significant growth and development in the Brazilian market, positioning TNS as a key player in the region’s competitive and innovative payments landscape.  

With more than 20 years of experience in the payments industry, George has held several prominent positions at First Data Corporation. His roles included six years as Vice President of Innovation, Mobile, and Advanced Solutions, where he led a team responsible for mobile commerce, loyalty, and personalized marketing initiatives. He also spent five years as Vice President of International Corporate Development, supporting mergers, acquisitions, and strategy development. 

In his expanded role at TNS, George will work closely with the team to drive TNS’ growth strategy in both North America and South America and support customers at an executive level.  

“We’re happy to have George take on this expanded role,” said John Tait, Global Managing Director for TNS’ Payment Markets. “His expertise and deep understanding of the industry will be critical as we continue to grow in the Americas. I look forward to working with George to deliver exceptional value to our customers.” 

George holds an MBA in International Finance and a BS in Accounting from St John’s University, New York.  

TNS is a global leader in providing full-stack, modern and secure payment and network solutions. As a leading provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions with more than 30 years’ experience, TNS has been offering managed service solutions to more than 1,400 organizations in over 50 countries. TNS’ comprehensive portfolio spans from cutting-edge unattended and in-store payment terminals, online solutions to secure global network connectivity and seamless payment processing through its cloud native payment orchestration platform. With TNS’ portfolio of industry leading services, customers can reduce the complexities of fragmented payments and connectivity with just one trusted managed service partner.