Curtis Bauer Joins Sphere as Chief Product Officer

Payments industry veteran Bauer will guide product strategy across all Sphere platforms to shape Sphere’s ongoing initiatives around secure payment processing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 8, 2019) —Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, hired payments industry veteran, Curtis Bauer to lead the company’s product strategy, project management office, solutions engineering and client implementation teams.

“Curtis is known for his analytical vision and for solving challenging problems, by leveraging collaborative and innovative approaches,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.  “Given the complex and rapidly changing payments ecosystem we operate in today, we are confident that he will be integral in the execution of our long term growth strategy.”

“The addition of Curtis builds on the foundation of industry leading executive talent that we have assembled at Sphere,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “Curtis will contribute significantly to our operating and execution capabilities in the key integrated payments verticals that we serve. I am excited to have Curtis join our executive leadership team.”

Bauer has more than 20 years of payments experience and has held leadership roles in two of the top 10 Payment Acquirers in the United States. He brings in-depth experience in Corporate Strategy, Product Implementation, Call Center Management, Relationship Management, Inbound Sales, Project Management, Sales/Solutions Engineering and Developer Services.

“In this period of industry growth and transformation, I’m thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of the Sphere leadership team, which is comprised of experienced industry veterans, to leverage Sphere’s capabilities and technology. Sphere’s core product set has always had a strong foundation around payment card security, which has never been more vital in today’s ultra-connected commerce,” said Bauer.

Bauer’s hire comes at a pivotal point in Sphere’s expansion, which has seen significant investments across all areas of the organization.


About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce technology, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves large, complex enterprises and small local businesses across a range of vertically oriented end-markets, including healthcare, education, parking, insurance and non-profit. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.