Business Person of the Month September 2021: Mark Roden ensures Ding’s continued growth trajectory

Business Person of the Month, Irish News | Fri 1 Oct | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured: Mark Roden, founder and chief executive, Ding

Mark Roden is founder and chief executive of Ding, and is the Business & Finance Business Person of the Month September 2021, in association with KPMG

Mark Roden is founder and chief executive of Ding, the large and notable mobile top-up service. Recently, the group announced that it has agreed to sell a majority stake to Pollen Street Capital Private Equity (“Pollen Street”).

Pollen Street Capital, a London-based, independent, alternative investment management company, will take a majority stake in the company, in partnership with a substantial investment from Mr Roden.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Roden said: “We are delighted to announce the investment by Pollen Street Capital. The addition of a strategic investor to our company marks an important milestone for Ding and sets us up for significant growth. Sixteen years ago, we set out with a mission to solve a real problem, to simplify how people separated from their loved ones could stay connected to those back home. At that time, the process was cumbersome and inefficient and today through Ding’s platform we have transformed how people stay connected. We are proud that we are now the global leader and have earned the trust of millions of customers all over the world.”

The addition of a strategic investor to our company marks an important milestone for Ding and sets us up for significant growth

Founded in 2006 by Mark Roden, Ding is a global leader in international top-up and credit transfers, offering customers the ability to top-up online, on the Ding app, via partners through the Ding API and in over 600,000 retail stores across the globe.

Ding serves millions of customers around the world. Pollen Street’s investment is expected to support Ding continue its growth trajectory, expand its technology platform, develop new products and expand into new geographies.

Mr Roden added: “Over the years we have explored different investment partners and opportunities but we ultimately chose Pollen Street Capital due to their understanding of our vision for the business, but also due to their extensive and deep expertise in impact investing. We continue to be a socially driven company and we felt that in Pollen Street we had a partner that shared our values.”

He continued: “I would like to thank all our employees past and present who have helped build Ding to become the market leader. With 6 billion prepaid phones in the world and an ever-increasing demand for mobile data there is a significant market opportunity to offer more products and services to current and future customers.”

Ian Gascoigne, Partner at Pollen Street, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark and his team to the Pollen Street portfolio. Ding has demonstrated an impressive track record and we look forward to partnering with the team to accelerate this growth and maximising the potential of Ding’s multi-channel top-up ecosystem during our investment period. Dingexemplifies Pollen Street’s investment strategy of identifying market leading technology businesses, whose propositions can be enhanced through further investment into technology and an increasing use of data.

“Ding also represents our commitment to Invest With Impact. As a global platform that connects friends, family, and dispersed communities across the world, Ding allows its customers to send mobile credit and data through a simple, safe, and convenient top-up service. In doing so, Ding fosters closer links and community ties between its users whilst promoting financial inclusion and global connectivity through its highly accessible and easy to use platform.”

Business & Finance, Business Person of the Month

Business Person the MonthBusiness & Finance, in association with KPMG, rewards excellence in business through the ‘Business Person of the Month’ award. This award seeks to recognise noteworthy achievements in business leadership, and, particularly, those that make a telling contribution to the wider business community in Ireland.