Board of Directors

Michael J. Brown
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

MICHAEL J. BROWN is one of the co-founders of Euronet in 1994 and has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 1996 and as our President since December 2014.  He also served as our President from December 11, 2006 to June 11, 2007. Mr. Brown has been a Director of Euronet since our incorporation in December 1996 and previously served on the boards of Euronet’s predecessor companies. In 1979, Mr. Brown co-founded Innovative Software, Inc., a computer software company that was merged in 1988 with Informix. Mr. Brown served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Informix from February 1988 to January 1989. He served as President of the Workstation Products Division of Informix from January 1989 until April 1990. In 1993, Mr. Brown was a founding investor of Visual Tools, Inc. Visual Tools, Inc. was acquired by Sybase Software in 1996. Mr. Brown was formerly a director of Blue Valley Ban Corp. and Nexxus Lighting, Inc. Mr. Brown currently serves on the board of directors of Monopar Therapeutics. 

Mr. Brown received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979 and a M.S. in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1997.

Paul S. Althasen

PAUL S. ALTHASEN has served on our Board since May 2003. He joined Euronet in February 2003 in connection with Euronet’s acquisition of e-pay Limited, a UK company. Mr. Althasen served as Executive Vice President of Euronet until his resignation on April 2, 2012. Mr. Althasen is a co-founder and former CEO and Co-Managing Director of e-pay, and he was responsible for the strategic direction of e-pay from its formation in 1999 until April 2012. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Althasen was a co-founder and Managing Director of MPC Mobile Phone Center, a franchised retailer of cellular phones in the UK. Previously, Mr. Althasen worked for Chemical Bank in London where he traded financial securities. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Althasen served as a director of Evolve Telecom Ltd., a B2B provider of telecommunication services. Mr. Althasen currently serves as a director of Lodwick Homes Ltd. Since 2008, Mr. Althasen has been a director of Pier Insurance Managed Services Ltd., where he holds joint responsibility for the company's strategic direction and general management. 

Mr. Althasen has a B.A. (Honors) degree in business studies from the City of London Business School.

Sara Baack
Founding Partner at Snowhawk, LP

Ms. Baack is currently a Founding Partner at Snowhawk LP, a private investment firm that targets strategic majority investments in businesses that power the economy’s digital transition across cloud, connectivity and technology services sectors. She served as Chief Product Officer at Equinix, Inc., a global interconnection and data center company, from 2019 to 2022. Previously, she was Equinix’s Chief Marketing Officer from 2012 to 2019. Ms. Baack currently serves on the board of cloud management firm ProsperOps. She holds a B.A. from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

Michael N. Frumkin

MICHAEL N. FRUMKIN has more than 25 years of experience in technical and management leadership roles in fast-growth, high-performance technology companies, including Silicon Valley icons like NeXT and Google. He was responsible for critical engineering functions at Verity, Excite, and Google all of whom went from startup to successful IPOs during his tenure. In 1995, he joined a small 10 person startup that built one of the first full scale commercial internet search engines that eventually became Excite@Home, a multi-billion dollar public company. In his tenure at Excite, Mr. Frumkin was responsible for core company functions like web crawl and e-commerce engineering. After Excite, Mr. Frumkin spent several years as the Chief Technology Officer of Gamechange, the seed stage collaboration between Accenture Technology Ventures and Softbank Venture Capital, where he was responsible for technical due diligence and providing management guidance to portfolio companies. In 2002, pursuing a desire to go back to his more technical distributed computing roots, he joined Google where his responsibilities have ranged from managing large engineering teams responsible for most of Google’s revenue, to overseeing critical internal software infrastructure projects. At various points in time, he was responsible for the engineering teams building and operating AdWords and the initial launch of AdSense, and the building of Google’s personalization infrastructure. In 2012, Mr. Frumkin founded the Google Accelerated Science research team within Google Research. This team works with leading scientific institutions and universities around the world to increase the pace of discovery in important scientific research by bringing Google’s expertise in machine intelligence and machine perception to bear on fundamental science problems. 

Mr. Frumkin holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT. 

Mr. Frumkin is currently enjoying partial retirement while still spending time helping companies and scientific non-profits realize the full potential of applying AI to fundamental scientific research. 

Thomas A. McDonnell
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

THOMAS A. MCDONNELL has been a Director of Euronet since its incorporation in December 1996 and he previously served on the boards of Euronet’s predecessor companies. He has served as Lead Independent Director since September 2014. From October 1984 until September 12, 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of DST Systems, Inc., a former Stockholder of Euronet. From September 12, 2012 through December 31, 2012, he served as non-executive Chairman of DST Systems, Inc. From 1973 to September 1995, he served as Treasurer of DST Systems, Inc. From January 1, 2013 until his retirement on December 31, 2014, Mr. McDonnell was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Mr. McDonnell is currently a director of Kansas City Southern, where he is a member of the Audit Committee. 

Mr. McDonnell has a B.S. in Accounting from Rockhurst University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance.

Dr. Andrzej Olechowski
Retired Professor
Vistula University, Warsaw, Poland

DR. ANDRZEJ OLECHOWSKI has served on our Board since May 2002. He previously served as a Director of Euronet from its incorporation in December 1996 until May 2000. From 2005 until 2009 when he retired, Dr. Olechowski was the President of Conseil DG, a Polish consulting company. From 1995 until 2008, Dr. Olechowski served as a Senior Advisor for Central Europe Trust, Poland, a consulting firm. He has held several senior positions with the Polish government: from 1993 to 1995, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs and in 1992 he was Minister of Finance. From 1992 to 1993, and again in 1995, he served as economic advisor to President Lech Walesa. From 1991 to 1992, he was Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and from 1989 to 1991 he was Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland. From May 1998 to June 2000, Dr. Olechowski served as the Chairman of Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Poland). From 2011 to 2018, Dr. Olechowski was a Professor at Vistula University. Until April 2009, Dr. Olechowski sat on the Supervisory Board of Vivendi (France) and currently sits on the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Poland), and the board of directors of Play Communications S.A. and the boards of various charitable and educational foundations.  

He received a Ph.D. in Economics in 1979 from the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw.

Andrew B. Schmitt
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Layne Christensen Company

 ANDREW B. SCHMITT has served on our Board since September 24, 2003. Mr. Schmitt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Layne Christensen Company from October 1993 until his retirement on January 31, 2012. For approximately two years prior to joining Layne Christensen Company, Mr. Schmitt was a partner in two privately owned hydrostatic pump and motor manufacturing companies and an oil and gas service company. He served as President of the Tri-State Oil Tools Division of Baker Hughes Incorporated from February 1988 to October 1991. Currently, Mr. Schmitt serves on the board of directors of FreightCar America, Inc., where he chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Schmitt served as a director of Layne Christensen Company until his retirement in 2012. 

Mr. Schmitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business. 

M. Jeannine Strandjord
Retired Senior Vice President
Sprint Corporation

M. JEANNINE STRANDJORD, CPA, has 50 plus years of financial management experience and was employed in three different industries after starting in public accounting on the audit staff of Ernst and Whinney in 1968.  For 20 years, beginning in 1985, she held several senior financial management roles at Sprint Corporation.  She managed the successful transformation and restructuring of Sprint as Chief Integration Officer from 2003 until 2005 when she retired.  Previously, she was Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer of Global Solutions, a $9 billion division, from 1998 until 2003, and was Controller and Treasurer from 1986 to 1998.  Ms. Strandjord was a director of American Century Mutual Funds (for six registered investment companies) from 1994 to 2018; was a director of DST Systems, Inc., from 1996 to 2012; and has been a director of MGP Ingredients since 2013.  She has also been a director of JE Dunn Construction Corporation, a private company, since 2006.  Her current non-profit boards are the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Truman Library, and the KU Medical Center Advancement Board. Past non-profit boards include Rockhurst University, the Heartland Chapter of the National Association for Corporate Directors, the Kansas City Community Foundation and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. She has been a Director of the Company since 2001 and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. She also served as  Lead Independent Director from 2010 to 2014.  

Ms. Strandjord holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas. She was named "National Director of the Year" by the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2018.

Ligia Torres Fentanes
Retired Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Torres’ professional experience includes over 30 years in the financial sector across capital markets, wealth management and asset management, where she held operational, managerial and board positions covering Latin America, Asia, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The last 20 years of her professional career were within the BNP Paribas Group. From 2013 up to her retirement in 2021, she worked in the asset management division where she first led the emerging market activities to subsequently become Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong. 

At present, she is a director of the Union de Banque Privee ( UBP) in Switzerland and Alfred Berg AM (Norway).

Ms. Torres has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Teconologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and postgraduate degrees in International Finance and Derivatives from HEC (Paris) and from the University of Paris Dauphine IX.  She has followed the Oxford University program on Corporate Sustainability Leadership and the Non-executive Director program of the FT, focused on Corporate Governance. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. 
The Board considers as particularly valuable Ms. Torre’s prior board work contributing to the definition and implementation of growth strategies, the reinforcement of governance and risk control frameworks and on the elaboration of strategy in sustainability.