Movers and Shakers

People on the Move: Tony Hodge, TSYS (February 2013)

February 2013 TSYS has promoted Tony Hodge to executive vice president of application systems for its North America segment. A 30-year TSYS veteran, Hodge has held numerous IT leadership positions, and currently is responsible for more than 1,000 IT professionals. During his tenure at TSYS, he has received numerous leadership awards, including the James H. […]

People on the Move: Steering Committee, Smart Card Alliance Payments Council (February 2013)

February 2013 Smart Card Alliance Payments Council has announced its committee members for 2013-2014. The council is managed by a steering committee composed of financial payments industry and smart chip technology vendors. Steering committee officers include: Jack Jania, Gemalto, and Oliver Manahan, MasterCard, co-chairs; Troy Bernard, Discover Financial Services, vice chair; and Deborah Baxley, Capgemini, secretary. […]

People on the Move: Robert Seward, North American Bancard (February 2013)

February 2013 North American Bancard, a Troy, Mich.-based provider of the PayAnywhere mobile POS payment solution, announced that Robert Seward has joined the company as vice president of product management. He oversees the company’s product strategy, planning, management and the delivery technology solutions to merchant customers. Seward joins NAB after leading ACI Worldwide’s merchant retail […]

People on the Move: Dana Vento, (February 2013)

February 2013, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Wolfe LLC, has hired Dana Vento, aka “Pittsburgh Frugal Mom” and founder of, as social media manager. She will be part of a growing team responsible for broadening the company’s social media platform. Vento spent the last several years creating a successful consumer education blog, focusing on […]

People on the Move: Jon Leibowitz, Federal Trade Commission (February 2013)

February 2013 Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down Feb. 15, 2013, to pursue work in the private sector. He has served as chairman since March 2009, and as a commissioner since September 2004. While the FTC regulates anticompetitive, deceptive and unfair practices in general, Leibowitz’s tenure has been recognized for aggressive consumer and […]

People on the Move: Chris Cresswell, Oliver Smith, Renata Burdon, Alexis Wilson and Andy Ireland, Contis Group (February 2013)

February 2013 Contis Group, a U.K.-based provider of online banking and prepaid card technologies and services, has enhanced its domestic and international capabilities with the addition of five hires. Chris Cresswell joins Contis as sales and business development director. Formerly with LaSer UK, Cresswell has experience in the cards and loyalty sector and will be […]

People on the Move: Steve Antonakes, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (February 2013)

February 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that Steve Antonakes will serve as acting deputy director while the agency searches for a replacement for Raj Date. As Antonakes assumes this temporary role, he will maintain responsibility for his current duties as associate director for supervision, enforcement and fair lending, which he began […]

Panopticon poaches QlikTech sales head

Nadeem Chowdhry, formerly sales director of financial services for QlikTech, the makers of the QlikView business intelligence system, has joined data visualisation specialist Panopticon as senior vice president in the UK.

Singapore CLTX poaches Langley from UBS

Singapore’s Cleartrade Exchange has appointed Mark Langley as its new Asia business development director as it seeks to expand its presence in commodity futures.

People on the Move: Nick Millar, Jim Wadsworth and Phil Harrison, VocaLink (February 2013)

February 2013 VocaLink, a London-based international payment provider, recently announced three senior hires. Nick Millar joins as strategy and customer insight director, Jim Wadsworth as product development director and Phil Harrison as commercial director, alternative payments. They report to Paul Stoddart, managing director of strategy and business development. Millar joins VocaLink from Visa Europe, where […]

People on the Move: Robert W. Matschullat, Visa Board of Directors (February 2013)

February 2013 Visa Inc. recently announced that the company’s board of directors has elected Robert W. Matschullat as Visa’s nonexecutive, independent chair. The appointment is effective April 1, following the retirement of executive chair Joseph W. Saunders. Matschullat has been a Visa director since October 2007. He has served as chairman and interim CEO of […]

People on the Move: Kevin Taylor, Keith McKenzie and Ryan Deslippe, SelectCore Ltd. (February 2013)

February 2013 SelectCore Ltd., a Toronto-based prepaid solutions provider, recently announced a strategic restructuring of its executive management team to better position the company to fully capitalize on new contracts and significant growth opportunities that are expected to develop in the near term. Kevin Taylor, director of the corporation, assumes the role of CEO. Keith […]

People on the Move: Mohammad Hashemi, Payza (February 2013)

February 2013 Payza, an online payment platform, has promoted Mohammad Hashemi to the newly created position of vice president of strategy. He will be responsible for implementing Payza’s overall business strategy and global expansion by spearheading its partner acquisition efforts. As Payza’s director of product strategy, Hashemi managed the life cycle of the company’s products, […]

People on the Move: Gerhard Falb, paysafecard group (February 2013)

February 2013 Austria-based  paysafecard group has appointed Gerhard Falb as chief marketing officer. He is responsible for the management of all marketing activities, nationally and internationally. Falb has extensive experience in leadership and marketing, which he gained at mobile operator ONE (now Orange), bwin and Michelin Austria, among others. Before joining the company, Falb worked […]

People on the Move: Steve Bacastow and Charlie Wiggs, Mozido LLC (February 2013)

February 2013 Mozido LLC, a startup that focuses on cloud-based, white-label mobile payments services for banks and merchants, has appointed Steve Bacastow and Charlie Wiggs to its management team. As senior vice president of operations, Bacastow is responsible for leading all company operations functions with a focus on maximizing growth and profitability and meeting compliance […]

People on the Move: Ed Labry, First Data (February 2013)

February 2013 First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor, announced that its board of directors has named Ed Labry interim CEO while it conducts a selection process. In early January, the company announced that Jon Judge planned to retire as CEO for health reasons and would serve until a transition was effected. Labry has spent […]

People on the Move: Lanny Byers and Howard Hall, Consult Hyperion (February 2013)

February 2013 Consult Hyperion, a London-based IT consultancy that specializes in secure electronic transactions, has opened a U.S. office in New York City. Lanny Byers and Howard Hall have been chosen to lead the U.S. headquarters, and they will serve as co-managing directors and report to CEO Neil McEvoy. Byers has more than 20 years of […]

People on the Move: Andy Nicholas, Citi (February 2013)

February 2013 Citi recently appointed Andy Nicholas head of commercial and prepaid card sales and account management EMEA to lead an experienced team charged with ensuring success and client satisfaction. Nicholas, who is based in the U.K., has been with Citi for 20 years, and has been responsible for commercial card sales and account management […]

People on the Move: Jerry Garcia and Mike McCarthy, Cardtronics Inc. (February 2013)

February 2013 Retail ATM network Cardtronics Inc. has announced that Jerry Garcia is transitioning from his role as chief information officer to the newly created position of chief information security officer. Garcia, who spent the last 10 years designing and developing the information technology systems Cardtronics uses to run its business, now will focus exclusively […]

Information Mosaic makes Kunz chairman

Post-trade software company Information Mosaic has appointed Ulrich Kunz as non-executive chairman to help drive its ambitions to expand into analytics.

VocaLink boosts strategy and business development with new trio

VocaLink, the international payment provider, has made three senior appointments in its strategy & business development division. Nick Millar joins as strategy and customer insight director, Jim Wadsworth as product development director and Phil Harrison as commercial director, alternative payments.

People on the Move: Jonathan J. Judge, First Data (January 2013)

Jan. 14, 2013 First Data Corp.’s CEO Jonathan J. Judge plans to step down from the company for health reasons, the company said. First Data will conduct a search for a new CEO and Judge will maintain his positions as CEO and board member until a replacement is found, but no later than March 31, […]

People on the Move: Dan Åkhagen, Payair (January 2013)

January 2013 Payair, a Swedish mobile commerce company, has hired Dan Åkhagen as human resources director. He will be responsible for the recruitment of new staff and the development of existing employees. Åkhagen has extensive experience with human resources issues in both public and private sectors. Before joining Payair, he was employed by game developer […]

People on the Move: Yunsok Chang, Ari Sarker and TV Seshadri, MasterCard Worldwide (January 2013)

January 2013 MasterCard Worldwide has announced three new appointments to bolster its Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) leadership teams. TV Seshadri is moving from India to Singapore as group executive, global products and solutions (GP&S) for APMEA. Seshadri will assume responsibilities for developing, driving and implementing product strategies and solutions for MasterCard to maximize the […]

NY opening for Consult Hyperion

Electronic transaction specialist Consult Hyperion has opened a New York office. Lanny Byers and Howard Hall will serve as co-managing directors, reporting to chief executive Neil McEvoy.

People on the Move: Joseph Dwyer, Virtual Piggy Inc. (December 2012)

December 2012 Virtual Piggy Inc., a Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based provider of e-commerce solutions enabling children to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment, has appointed Joseph Dwyer chief financial officer. He has more than 20 years of experience at the executive level for public and private companies, including OpenLink Financial, Energy Solutions International, Capstone […]

People on the Move: Alex Chung, Smart Packaging Solutions (December 2012)

December 2012 Smart Packaging Solutions, a smart card technology provider based in France, has appointed Alex Chung chief representative, greater China and South East Asia. Chung, who has experience within the smart card industry, will be in charge of expanding SPS business in the Chinese market and ensuring SPS local presence in Southeast Asia. Most […]

People on the Move: Shawn Creedon, Patton Boggs LLP (December 2012)

December 2012 Shawn Creedon, a corporate finance lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience in principal investing, bankruptcy and restructuring, has joined Washington, D.C.-based law firm Patton Boggs LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate finance practice group in its New York City office. He joins Patton Boggs from Silver Point Capital L.P., where […]

People on the Move: Jeffrey Green, Mercator Advisory Group (December 2012)

December 2012 Mercator Advisory Group has hired Jeffrey Green to lead the company’s emerging technologies service. Green, who has 16 years of payments industry editorial experience, most recently served as editorial director of the payments group at SourceMedia, where he managed the payments group and coordinated coverage with multiple publications and departments.   Send Us […]

People on the Move: GlobalPlatform, Board of Directors (December 2012)

December 2012 GlobalPlatform, a nonprofit organization that standardizes managing applications on secure chip technology, has announced its board of directors for fiscal year 2013, following elections for six of its 11 seats: Marc Kekicheff, senior business leader of chip innovation, Visa Inc.; Uwe Wittig, group vice president, head of business line payment, transit and authentication, […]

People on the Move: Chris Flink, Fiserv Inc. Board of Directors (December 2012)

December 2012 Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wis.-based financial system and service provider, has appointed Chris Flink to its board of directors. He is a partner at IDEO, an innovation and design firm, and a consulting associate professor at Stanford University. At IDEO, Flink has held a variety of roles, from heading the firm’s consumer experience […]