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“魔术师”约翰逊辞去Square董事,任职未满一年

Don Reisinger 2016年05月18日

在Square快速成长时,约翰逊突然宣布离开Square董事会。资深银行家保罗•戴顿接手。

驰骋商场的NBA传奇巨星——入选美国篮球名人堂的“魔术师”埃尔文•约翰逊离开了移动支付公司Square的董事会。

Square上周五宣布了这一消息,称约翰逊辞任的原因是手上有其他项目,精力有限。

约翰逊在声明中表示:“很遗憾,做新项目要投入大量时间,我不得不请辞。Square的董事会成员很优秀,我由衷相信Square将继续对推动世界大步前进。”

这一消息多少令人意外,因为约翰逊加盟Square董事会还未满一年。约翰逊现任魔术师约翰逊公司董事长兼首席执行官,提供多种体育产品与服务,也投资其他领域。他去年6月才刚加入Square的董事会。

Square表示,顶替约翰逊董事空缺的是保罗•戴顿勋爵。戴顿勋爵曾任英国财政部商业大臣和高盛合伙人,也曾为2012年伦敦奥运会和残奥会组委会工作,在银行业的工作经验长达27年。

戴顿在声明中表示:“投资促进企业发展,共建良好社会一直是我工作的重心。Square向来谨遵原则,业务发展也非常迅速。我希望能帮助Square早日实现愿景。”

Square去年11月上市,最近几个季度迅猛增长。以今年5月公布数据为例,今年第一季度营业收入超出分析师预期,季度收入同比增长51.4%至3.793亿美元,但当季亏损扩大,由去年同期的4800万美元增至9680万美元。亏损已经引发一些投资者担忧,受此影响Square的股价今年以来跌幅累计超过27%。

好消息是,主营移动支付处理的Square一直在潜心开拓业务。比如今年3月宣布面向已经使用该司销售终端服务的小企业,转型为传统的网络贷款机构。在此之前,Square还通过旗下产品Square Capital提供预付现金服务,目前已是业绩最好的业务之一。

戴顿将和Square多位名人董事并肩作战,其中包括联合创始人杰克•多西(目前担任首席执行官)和吉姆•麦凯维。董事里也有风险资本家和商人,如知名华尔街分析师玛丽•米克尔和前美国财长劳伦斯•萨默斯。

译者:Pessy

校对:夏林

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Hall of Fame basketball player and businessperson, has left Square’s board.

The news was announced on Friday by the mobile payments company, saying that Johnson had decided to resign from the board due to time constraints with other projects on which he is working.

“Unfortunately, due to new projects that will require significant time commitments, I regretfully have to resign,” Johnson said in a statement. “The company has an outstanding board and I truly believe that Square will continue to have an immeasurable impact on this world.”

The news was somewhat surprising, consideringJohnson served less than a year on Square’s board. In fact, Johnson, who serves as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company that delivers a wide range of products and services and invests in many others, only found his way to Square’s board last June.

In his place, Square said that it will welcome Lord Paul Deighton to its board. In his career, Deighton has served as the U.K.’s Commercial Secretary of the Treasury and as a partner at Goldman Sachs . He also worked on the committee that organized the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. He spent a total of 27 years in banking.

“Empowering and investing in businesses and communities has always been at the core my work,” Deighton in a statement. “Square has built an impressive business based on those principles, and I look forward to helping the company deliver on its purpose.”

Square, which went public in November, has been growing dramatically in recent quarters. In May, for instance, Square reported better-than-expected revenue, jumping 51.4% year-over-year to $379.3 million in the first quarter. However, the company’s loss widened from $48 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $96.8 million in the first quarter of 2016.

That loss has caused some concern among investors, who have pushed the company’s shares down more than 27% since the beginning of the year.

Still, Square, which processes mobile payments, is pushing on by expanding its business. In March, for instance, Square announced that it was becoming a traditional online lender aimed at small businesses that already use its point-of-sale services. The move came after Square had been offering cash advances through its Square Capital program, one of its best performing divisions.

Deighton will join several prominent director individuals, including co-founders Jack Dorsey (who also serves as CEO) and Jim McKelvey. The directors also include venture capitalists and businesspeople, including Mary Meeker and Larry Summers, among others.

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