Adyen appoints former Burberry director to spearhead expansion in Manchester


Adyen, the payments platform of choice for the world’s leading companies, today announced the appointment of Colin Neil as senior vice president of business development in the UK and the opening of its new office in Manchester. Neil joins with more than nine years’ experience at luxury fashion house, Burberry, helping to create its industry-leading unified customer experience. He is charged with growing Adyen’s business in the North of the UK.

The expansion into Manchester comes off the back of a strong year of growth for Adyen in the UK, including key new clients Lush and Jack Wills. As home to some of the UK’s leading retailers and a hub for rapid growth technology companies, Manchester represents the perfect destination for Adyen’s expansion. Manchester is not just a premium shopping destination, it is the gateway for the North of the UK, which is undergoing a resurgence following significant investment from both government and enterprise. The region is home to national & regional headquarters for some of the biggest names in retail, technology and beyond.

Myles Dawson, UK country manager for Adyen, comments: “Adyen is committed to helping organisations enhance the consumer experience through providing the best payment experience; however and wherever their customers chose to pay. It doesn’t matter if you’re a retailer, professional services organisation, tech company or anything in-between, understanding how people want to interact with brands and providing an experience to match is key to success in the modern age. With a thriving economy in the North of England, expanding beyond London and opening an office in Manchester was a natural next step.

“In appointing Colin, Adyen has gained unparalleled expertise and insights to help retailers deliver the best possible experience and overcome the challenges of appealing to customers in store, online, on mobile or however else they choose to engage. His expertise helping one of the world’s leading brands develop an industry-leading unified commerce experience will be invaluable for Adyen’s clients across the UK.”

Neil comments: “After more than nine years with Burberry, the time was right to embrace a new challenge. I am extremely excited to join one of the world’s most exciting start-ups and help clients of all shapes and sizes enrich their customer experience, underpinned by the most advanced technology platform available.”