tappit, a cashless experience specialist for music festivals, sports and other global entertainment venues, has appointed Jason Dean as its new chief technology officer.

Dean is former CTO of Sensewhere Ltd, and joins at a time where tappit is expanding its operations across the world. He will be responsible for leading R&D, product development and engineering, as well as helping to streamline tappit’s existing cashless payments technology to enhance the fan experience.

Dean has a wealth of experience in technical design & delivery, working extensively with mobile payment security, proximity (RFiD & NFC), geospatial, big data & analytics.

With his appointment, Jason brings full life-cycle product design and development expertise to tappit’s technology team. He has previously delivered high profile software projects for Nokia, Facebook, KPMG, Accenture, Sky, Tencent , WeChat and QQ.

Dean commented: “tappit is making great strides in the live event sector and it’s a fantastic time to be joining the company, helping to drive its mission to provide the very best experience for its partners and their fans. I am very excited to play my part in tappit’s story, propelling its cashless innovation internationally – helping tappit become the world’s leading provider in the cashless event sector.”

Alongside Duco Smit, who recently joined tappit as its new chief commercial officer, and Daniel Van Eynsbergen as chief operating officer, Dean will play a pivotal role in growing tappit’s global footprint in new and developing markets.

Jason Thomas, CEO of tappit, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Jason onboard as he will play an important role in our long-term growth strategy. His extensive knowledge and experience as CTO, specifically in mobile payments, speaks volumes.

“Cashless technology is at the core of what we do, and I strongly believe Jason will take our cashless systems to the next level, further improving the live event experience for fans.”