London -- Keith Butcher of Optimal Payments Plc (AIM: OPAY) (" Optimal Payments "), a leading global online payments provider, was named as the winner of the prestigious Grant Thornton Quoted Company award for Finance Director of the Year. This award recognises the achievements of finance directors across the small-cap sector in 2013 who have been instrumental in driving growth, cutting costs and reshaping the business. Under Keith's tenure, the company has met or exceeded market expectations and, the share price has risen from 40p in Sept 2011 to above 400p in January 2014 achieving a market capitalisation of $1 billion . Optimal Payments now ranks as one of the best performing AIM listed stocks on the London Stock Exchange and was recognised as 'International Company of the Year' on this market in 2013. Keith Butcher said: "I am delighted to receive this award which is the culmination of four years' work in transforming the business to achieve the strong financial performance and recognition that we now have from the investor community. My role has been a small part of that process and could not have been achieved without strong leadership from Joel and the management team and the efforts of our employees worldwide." For further information contact: Optimal Payments Plc , Investor Relations: Jessica Stalley Optimal Payments Plc email@example.com Media Contacts -- United Kingdom : Caroline Merrell / Shelly Chadda Citigate Dewe Rogerson + 44 207 638 9571 About Optimal Payments Plc Optimal Payments is a global provider of online payment solutions. Trusted by businesses and consumers in over 200 countries and dependencies to move and manage billions of dollars each year, merchants use the NETBANX processing service to simplify how they accept and settle credit card, direct-from-bank, and cash payments; and the NETELLER payment service to increase margins, capture new customers and increase their lifetime value. Being an independent provider has allowed the company to support tens-of-thousands merchants around the globe across a wide range of industries. Optimal Payments Plc . is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market, with a ticker symbol of OPAY. Subsidiary company Optimal Payments Ltd is authorised and regulated as an e-money issuer by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA, FRN: 900015). For more information on Optimal Payments visit www.optimalpayments.com or subscribe at www.optimalpayments.com/feed or follow us on Twitter @optimalpayments . Media and Investor Contacts Optimal Payments' media relations team can be contacted through the Media Relations Contact page . Relations with the investor and analyst community are managed by Citigate Dewe Rogerson who can be contacted through the Investor Relations Contact page . .
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