Payment Processor Adds Exec

Zabaneh joins Heartland Payment Systems as CFO

Samir Zabaneh Heartland Payment Systems (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

Samir Zabaneh

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Samir Zabaneh recently joined Heartland Payment Systems Inc., one of the nation's largest payment processors and a leading provider of merchant business solutions, as chief financial officer.

Zabaneh will be responsible for providing overall strategic and operational direction of the company's finance department including reporting, treasury, taxation and corporate planning and development, as well as investor relations. As a key operating executive, Samir will also work directly with the CEO and senior management to help develop innovative business solutions and strategies to ensure corporate objectives are achieved.

"Samir has proven his outstanding skills as a financial and business leader with many organizations, most recently in our industry. Heartland is very pleased to welcome him to our company," said Robert O. Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland. "We are confident that Samir's sound financial management skills will help drive Heartland's business growth and success in the coming years."

Prior to joining Heartland, Samir served as chief financial and strategy officer as well as chief operating officer for Moneris Solutions Corp., Canada's leading payment processor, based in Toronto. Prior to joining Moneris, Samir also held various leadership roles with Fortress Investment Group, Q9 Networks Inc., CIT/Newcourt Capital Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP and Ernst & Young.

Heartland Payment Systems, the fifth largest payments processor in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, mobile commerce, e-commerce, marketing solutions, security technology, payroll solutions and related business solutions and services to more than 275,000 business and educational locations nationwide. A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit-card and debit-card processing practices.