Paybefore CEO Says Goodbye
Seven and a half years ago, I wrote my first communication as the CEO of Paybefore, and now I’m writing my last. I’ve made the very difficult (but exciting) decision to retire from Paybefore, and I want to let you know how much I appreciate your support over the years. Your trust in Paybefore and your enthusiasm in building a community dedicated to advancing electronic payments have been immensely gratifying. And, not a day went by that I didn’t learn from you and the fabulous Paybefore staff.
In my first communication, I expressed enthusiasm for the future of payments. And, I’m even more enthusiastic today. The sea change the payments industry has undergone since Paybefore was launched in 2006 is nothing short of remarkable. When Paybefore started, we were reporting narrowly on the opportunities and innovations in prepaid—which, today, seems almost quaint. As prepaid has become foundational to the next step of payments innovation, we’ve continued our deep coverage but also broadened our scope to include the issues and players that are taking payments to the next step. Paybefore has grown in scope as the industry has changed and as your information needs and interests have evolved. And, Paybefore is committed to continuing its own evolution, while remaining a trusted industry friend and resource.
|“In my first communication, I expressed enthusiasm for the future of payments. And, I’m even more enthusiastic today. The sea change the payments industry has undergone since Paybefore was launched in 2006 is nothing short of remarkable.”|
In terms of our organization, Paybefore remains an important part of IIR’s finance portfolio. IIR, Paybefore’s parent company, will continue to support the publication strategically and financially. And, you’ll be hearing from members of the IIR team, many of whom you already know. Matt Middleton will be joining the staff as sales director, and Lindsay Tis, managing director of IIR’s Finance Division, will have overall responsibility for Paybefore as a business.
Making my departure from Paybefore considerably easier is knowing I leave the business and you in good hands. Along with Matt and Lindsay, Loraine DeBonis continues as editor-in-chief. And, she is ably supported by the editors—Bill Grabarek, Adam Perrotta and Kate Fitzgerald—and our production and marketing team—Robin Mason and Doris Kwok. I know you’ll extend them all the same support and consideration you’ve always so generously offered to me. (Please see updated contact information below.)
I’m not sure how to fully express my appreciation for the opportunity I was given to lead Paybefore, so I’ll end by saying thank you and wishing you much continued success.
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