Sam Shawki is founder and Chief Executive Officer of MagicCube, a digital transaction security start-up located in Silicon Valley. Prior to his current role, Sam was head of Visa’s Global Remote Payments business unit, where he drove the company’s global initiatives in mobile and remote payments.
Before Visa, Sam served as Chief Innovation Officer of VimpelCom, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world, with over 214 million customers in 18 countries. In this role, he was responsible for developing the group’s innovation roadmap with P&L responsibilities for all mobile financial services targeting over $600 million dollars.
His successful track record in building and growing organizations from inception to market leadership is well recognized in both start-up and large public company environments. Sam was a founding member of the executive team at Obopay, a global pioneer in mobile payments and has played key roles in launching several disruptive and successful start-up products during times of cutting edge innovation and rapid growth, including ArtBeat, Netscape Navigator, VisualPage, Siebel, and Shoretel, among others.
Sam is currently a member of Ericsson’s North America Industry Advisory Board as well as the Board of Directors at Yellow Pepper Holding Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and has co-authored multiple U.S. and international patents in his field.