Paul Hansen has joined Franchise Finance as the head of sales and marketing.
He has 25 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry including over 20 years of providing finance to SMEs and in the franchise sector.
His career began in car sales and fleet management, and he subsequently joined Key Finance Group (KFG), an independent leasing company specialising in finance for hi-tech equipment, electronic point-of-sale systems and fixtures, whose client included SMEs and corporates like Total Oil and Rolls Royce.
After 5 years with KFG, Hansen joined Key Equipment Finance (KEF), the global leasing business of Key Corp. He spent 11 years with KEF as a sales manager and was responsible for sourcing and managing a number of key relationships in the UK and Nordics including Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, NetApp and Econocom. Whilst working for KEF Hansen established a funding relationship with Franchise Finance managing director Stuart Walsh and his team.
After a successful career with KEF, Hansen held senior sales management roles within Aldermore Bank and Wesleyan Bank, where he and his team provided funding solutions to small businesses, new-start enterprises and corporates. During his time at Aldermore, Hansen re-established a successful funding relationship with Franchise Finance, providing a new source of capital for their clients.
Stuart Walsh, Franchise Finance managing director, said: “I have known Paul for 13 years and I am delighted to have secured his talents for our team. Paul’s expertise, drive and passion for franchising makes him the ideal choice to help us grow our business and to deliver our services to our growing client base”.
Hansen said: “It is very exciting to be joining the award-winning Franchise Finance team as the head of sales and marketing. I am really looking forward to working with the team and getting to know our clients.”