Paul Hansen has joined the team at 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 financial solutions to SME’s and more importantly the franchise sector.
His career began in the motor industry working in sales and fleet management before moving into the Asset Finance arena in 1998 when he joined Key Finance Group (KFG), an independent leasing company specialising in the provision of financial solutions for Hi Tech equipment, EPOS systems and fixtures and fittings to SME’s, corporate clients and large multinational organisations including Total Oil and Rolls Royce. It was during Paul’s time at KFG that he funded his first franchise transaction.
After 5 years with KFG, Paul joined Key Equipment Finance (KEF), the global leasing business of Key Corp. Paul 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 Paul established a funding relationship with Stuart Walsh and the team at Franchise Finance and continued providing financial solutions to the franchise sector.
After a successful career with KEF, Paul 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 corporate clients. During his time at Aldermore Bank, Paul re-established a successful funding relationship Franchise Finance, providing a new source of capital to support their client base.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart Walsh, Managing Director of Franchise Finance 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”.
Paul commented: “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.”