The Electronic Transactions Association recently announced the addition of payments technology expert Amy Zirkle as the organization’s director of industry affairs.
“Amy’s dual experience with technology and financial services, as well as mobile payments in the developing world, enables her to provide valuable strategic insight to our members’ business goals,” ETA CEO Jason Oxman said. “Her unique background is an asset to ETA and our member companies and I’m thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
Before joining ETA, Zirkle served as a senior economist and regulatory affairs advisor at Telecommunications Management Group, Inc., where she worked on a number of issues related to technology, including the emergence of mobile payments in developing countries.
Zirkle has experience in the financial services and technology sectors, having worked for American Express and Verizon—formerly MCI Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, a senior college of the City University of New York, and a scientae magister from MIT.
“I am thrilled to join ETA and work closely with our members on the cutting edge of payments technology,” Zirkle said. “The industry is embracing innovations that expand and transform the payments marketplace, providing tremendous opportunities for ETA member companies to deploy a vast range of new products and services. It is truly an exciting time to be in the payments industry.”
Zirkle joins the trade group during a period of growth for the payments technology industry. Last year, the industry cleared approximately $5 trillion in electronic payments, and the number is expected to reach more than $7 trillion by 2017.