As Chartwell’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Abratt oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, finances, coordinates and monitors key strategic initiatives, and maintains a productive, collaborative, and positive organizational culture and environment. In addition to his operational roles at Chartwell, Jonathan is currently active in the acquisition and maintenance of state Money Transmitter Licenses for several of Chartwell’s high-profile MSB customers as well as leads Chartwell’s Fraud Prevention and Information Security services.
In the 15 years prior to joining Chartwell, Jonathan held a number of varying roles across the financial technology, alternative payments, and gaming industries. Jonathan was Group CFO for Pariplay Limited (Isle of Man), a leading provider of Internet gaming solutions and bespoke gaming platforms. He was Senior Vice President and Group Director of Zapper (Gibraltar), a mobile payments company, where he oversaw operations and was responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, including ensuring compliance with the various local money transmission and anti-money laundering regulations. Jonathan had a number of roles for 888.com (Gibraltar and Israel), one of the world’s largest online gaming operators listed on the London Stock Exchange, including as Group Treasurer, Head of Finance Shared Services and ePayments Team Lead. He was also the first employee and Head of Operations of Wonga.com (UK), the UK’s most successful payday lending business. Jonathan started his career at Ernst & Young and performed various information technology audit, internal audit, business risk consulting, and operational functions across a number of the company’s worldwide practices.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, receiving Honors in Information Systems and a major in Economics. He has completed an intensive Kaizen management training in Japan with Toyota Production System Lean Kaizen experts and has also written articles for Chartwell’s Compass publication on current compliance topics and trends. He loves spending time and vacationing in exotic places, he is an avid pug and animal lover, a keen skier and is interested in anything to do with aviation and space exploration.