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2Checkout appoints Shawn Budde as CEO

Global online payments provider 2Checkout announced on Wednesday the appointment of Shawn Budde as the company’s CEO after a months-long search for potential candidates. Buddge, who has more than 25 years of experience in finance, has held executive roles at Citibank and Capital One. He also has experience in data analytics, and he is the... Read More...

CFPB appoints Bostic, Stephens to academic research council

The CFPB announced earlier this week that it has appointed two new members—Ralph Bostic and Melvin Stephens—to its academic research council, which was established to guide the agency in matters of research and strategic planning. Bostic serves as the chairman of governance and public enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at... Read More...

Barclays names Felder, McGrath, Taylor to investment bank

Barclays announced last week that it has named Eric Felder, Joe McGrath and Richard Taylor to its investment bank, where they will report to Eric Bommensath and Tom King, the co-CEOs of corporate and investment banking. “Eric, Joe and Richard are recognized leaders with extensive investment banking knowledge,” Bommensath and King said.... Read More...

PAI’s Donna Embry named one of most influential women in payments

Payment Alliance International announced on Monday that Donna Embry, the senior vice president of strategic development, has been named by PaymentsSource as one of the most influential women in payments for the second consecutive year. “I am thrilled to be recognized again for this prestigious award and honored to be a part of the amazing... Read More...

MasterCard nominates two individuals for board director positions

MasterCard’s board of directors recently nominated two individuals for election as independent directors—if elected, Julius Genachowski and Merit Janow will increase the number of board members to 13. “The world continues to get smaller and technology opens new doors every day,” MasterCard Board Chairman Richard Haythornthwaite said.... Read More...

SWACHA CEO Dennis Simmons receives service award at PAYMENTS conference

Longtime CEO of Texas-based SWACHA Dennis Simmons was awarded last week for his service and dedication to the support of the U.S. ACH payment network. Simmons received the Distinguished Service Award at the chairman’s leadership reception at the 2014 PAYMENTS conference in Florida, hosted by NACHA—The Electronic Payments... Read More...

Square takes on Amazon’s Alyssa Henry as head of engineering

Square announced on Monday that Alyssa Henry, the former vice president of Amazon Web Services Storage Services, will join the company as head of engineering, where she will lead operations for Square’s infrastructure and payments platform. “Making technology simple is a fun challenge because it requires tackling massive complexity,”... Read More...

Visa names Kelly Mahon Tullier as executive VP, deputy general counsel

Visa announced last week that former PepsiCo executive Kelly Mahon Tullier will join the company as executive vice president and deputy general counsel, as well as a member of the company’s executive committee. Tullier began her career at PepsiCo in 2004, when she joined the company as vice president and general counsel of Frito-Lay. From... Read More...

Heartland Payment Systems names new chief financial officer

Heartland Payment Systems recently named Samir Zabaneh as its chief financial officer. Zabaneh will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction for Heartland's finance department, including reporting, treasury, taxation, and corporate planning and development, as well as investor relations. Additionally, Zabaneh will... Read More...

Former AOL tech executive Michael Manos joins First Data as CTO

First Data announced last week the appointment of former AOL technology executive Michael Manos as the company’s new CTO, where he will be responsible for global technology infrastructure. As CTO at AOL, Manos was responsible for the company’s global technology and development platforms for its subscription businesses, as well as industry,... Read More...

Jane Thompson named VeriFone director, replacing Richard McGinn

Payment technology provider VeriFone announced on Wednesday that consumer financial services expert Jane J. Thompson will replace Richard A. McGinn as board director. McGinn previously served as the interim CEO from March 2013 to September 2013, after former CEO Douglas Bergeron resigned amid reports that a VeriFone distributor had allegedly... Read More...

Gareth Gaston to head U.S. Bank’s mobile, internet banking division

U.S. Bank named Gareth Gaston on Wednesday as the executive vice president of its virtual banking division, where he will lead the bank’s mobile, internet and 24-hour banking operations. “Aligning and growing our mobile, internet, ATM and traditional phone banking channels will allow us to better serve customers who are moving their banking... Read More...

Daniel Pinto to become sole CEO of JPMorgan Chase’s investment bank

JPMorgan Chase announced on Tuesday that Daniel Pinto, the current co-CEO of the company’s investment bank, will become the sole CEO with the departure of co-CEO Mike Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh, who has spent more than 20 years at JPMorgan, will leave the bank to become co-president and co-COO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset... Read More...

Pam Galligan joins Mercury Payment Systems as head of compliance

Mercury Payment Systems announced last week the addition of Pamela Galligan as the company’s chief compliance officer and head of industry relations, where she will lead Mercury’s compliance efforts and manage its relationships with partners in the payments industry. “Pam’s extensive payment industry experience and compliance expertise... Read More...

Former FHFA acting director Edward DeMarco to leave agency

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Monday that former acting director Edward DeMarco will leave the agency at the end of April, though he has not made an announcement regarding his future plans. DeMarco joined the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight—the FHFA’s predecessor—in 2006 as the COO and deputy director. In... Read More...

MasterCard appoints Anna Yip to head Hong Kong, Macau markets

MasterCard announced on Monday the appointment of Anna Yip as the head of its Hong Kong and Macau divisions, where she will be responsible for company performance across the two markets. Yip, a Hong Kong native, joined the company last year as head of Greater China at MasterCard Advisors, where she led the business’ operation and growth in... Read More...

Tyfone names Impelsys co-founder Nizar Jamal as CTO

Secure mobile ID and transaction solutions provider Tyfone announced on Monday that it has chosen Nizar Jamal, UBS’ former head of client-facing technologies, to head the company’s technology division. Last year, Oregon-based Tyfone launched the Connected Smart Card, which seeks to address cybersecurity concerns by storing identity-related... Read More...

CMG Financial head Chris George receives Hall of Honor award

The Mortgage Bankers Association and Wingspan Gives Back recently presented CMG Financial head Chris George with the Hall of Honor Award, which recognizes companies and leaders who have dedicated support to the military community. “I am honored and humbled to present this award to Chris George,” E.J. Burke, the chairman, executive vice... Read More...

Idaho Credit Union League names longtime employee Kathy Thomson CEO

Kathy Thomson, a longtime employee and interim leader at the Idaho Credit Union League, was recently named the president and CEO of the organization, following the departure of Chris Johnson last month. “Kathy is a capable, devoted and hard-working professional,” Shane Berger, the league board chairman and president and CEO of Beehive... Read More...

Ramon Martin tapped to head Visa’s merchant sales, solutions division

Ramon Martin was recently appointed by Visa to head the company’s merchant sales and solutions division, where he will be responsible for merchant strategy and providing merchants with products and services to help them reach their business goals. “Since Visa’s inception the company’s success has been dependent on the strength of our... Read More...

PCUA to present Pennsylvania CU professionals with achievement awards

Retired AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union CEO Kipp Stecher and Charles Lantz, a board member at Pennsylvania-based Hidden River Federal Credit Union, were named winners of lifetime achievement awards by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. Stecher, who retired from AmeriChoice in 2013 after more than 30 years in the credit union industry,... Read More...

CFPB appoints three to leadership in research, financial offices

The CFPB announced the appointment of three individuals to its leadership team in the Office of Research, Office of Financial Empowerment and Office of Installment and Liquidity Lending Markets. Christopher D. Carroll, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University and a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, was named... Read More...

CUNA promotes Pat Keefe to senior VP of communications

The Credit Union National Association announced on Wednesday the promotion of Pat Keefe to the position of senior vice president of communications. Keefe, who has been with CUNA since 2000, most recently served as the vice president of communications. He was promoted following the consideration of nearly 90 applicants from across the... Read More...

Marc Pereira joins FreedomPay as VP of technology

Cloud-based payments solution provider FreedomPay announced on Monday the addition of Marc Pereira as the company’s vice president of technology. Pereira brings nearly 20 years of e-commerce and technology experience to the company. Prior to joining FreedomPay, Pereira served nearly 12 years in executive roles at eBay, most recently as the... Read More...

MBA promotes three directors to associate vice presidents

The Mortgage Bankers Association announced last week that it has promoted three of its current directors to associate vice presidents, effective March 1. Brad Cheney joined the MBA in 2009 from the office of Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), where he worked as chief of staff. Previously, he has served as the senior government relations associate... Read More...

Former JPMorgan exec Dennis Bassett to oversee Indiana’s banks

Late last month, Indiana Governor Mike Pence named former JPMorgan Chase Indiana Chairman Dennis Bassett as head of the state’s Department of Financial Institutions. Bassett, who retired from his position at JPMorgan last year, has held a number of leadership roles at several financial institutions in the Midwest, including Bank One,... Read More...

San Francisco Fed announces leadership changes to advisory councils

The San Francisco Federal Reserve announced last week a number of membership and leadership changes to its advisory councils. David Doss, the president and CEO of Phoenix-based Arizona State Credit Union, was appointed to the San Francisco Fed’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, where he will serve alongside two other credit... Read More...

NCUA board nominee Mark McWatters to testify before Senate committee

NCUA board nominee Mark McWatters will testify before the Senate Banking Committee next week on his nomination to succeed Fryzel, whose term ended in August. The Senate committee will hold the hearing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4. McWatters will appear along with several other nominees, including Federal Reserve board nominees Stanley... Read More...

Wells Fargo appoints A. Charles Thomas as chief data officer

Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday the appointment of former USAA executive A. Charles Thomas as the company’s new chief data officer, where he will be responsible for data strategy, governance and improving risk management. Thomas formerly served as the chief data and analytics officer at USAA, before which he ran the research and analytics... Read More...

Jim Seifert presented with CU Builder Award through MnCUF

Earlier this month, Jim Seifert was presented the Credit Union Builder Award from Hiway Federal CU through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation for his contributions to the credit union movement. The award recognizes individuals nominated by credit unions and other organizations in honor of or in memory of a professional who has been... Read More...

AmEx appoints Saluzzo, Sathe to key technology positions

American Express announced on Wednesday the appointment of Brian Saluzzo as the senior vice president of global infrastructure, and Nik Sathe as the senior vice president and CTO. “I am thrilled to have Brian and Nik on board,” American Express CIO and Executive Vice President Marc D. Gordon said. “They bring a wealth of leadership... Read More...

Tech executive Andrew Patterson joins Mercury Payments as CTO

Mercury Payment Systems announced on Tuesday the appointment of Andrew Patterson to the position of CTO, where he will be responsible for software engineering, technology infrastructure, quality assurance and business intelligence. “Andrew’s passion and desire to drive innovation in the payments marketplace is remarkable; as an accomplished... Read More...

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