Viewpoint: Loyalty, Not Payments, Is the Real Mobile Opportunity (Spring 2013)

By Jai Holtz, Sears Financial Services (Member of MCX) There’s no denying that years of hype around mobile payments is beginning to translate into real interest and action from retailers, but the trend has a lot less to do with the actual act of paying than is widely assumed. There are numerous benefits to being […]

People on the Move: Martin Wong and Marcella Butler, Think Finance (May 2013 )

Think Finance, a Fort Worth, Texas-based developer of financial products for underbanked consumers, has named Martin Wong as the company’s first chief integrity officer. He will oversee the company’s compliance with all state and federal laws and will be responsible for ensuring Think Finance offers clear, transparent and fair products in the industry. Wong joins […]

People on the Move: Alex Petrov, Square Inc. (May 2013)

Square Inc., a San Francisco-based mobile payments company, has hired Alex Petrov as vice president of partnerships. His extensive background in retail, consumer products and payments will help drive strategic business development and customer acquisition, according to the company. He has served as vice president of consumer brands at Safeway, and as vice president of […]

People on the Move: Kim Petry, SpendSmart (May 2013)

Paybefore Award-winning SpendSmart (formerly BillMyParents), a San Diego-based provider of payment solutions targeted to teens, young adults and their parents, has appointed Kim Petry chief financial officer. Previously, Petry was vice president and chief financial officer, global corporate/commercial card, at American Express. Prior to American Express, she served as a vice president at TIAA-CREF Life […]

People on the Move: Roland Schaar, Skrill Group (May 2013)

Skrill Group, one of Europe’s largest payment providers, has appointed Roland Schaar senior vice president of technology. He has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry and 13 years in the financial payments sector. He recently joined the company following Skrill’s acquisition of paysafecard, the Austrian prepaid payments business, where he was, […]

People on the Move: Ian Horsted, R&P Group (May 2013)

R&P Group, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based payments industry recruiting firm, has announced that Ian Horsted, vice president of recruiting, has earned the U.S. Recruiting Network Top Producer Award for Q1 2013. In the past three years, Horsted has received this distinction more times than any other recruiter in the region, according to the company. He leads the […]

People on the Move: Alan Safahi, OpenCoin Advisory Board (May 2013)

Alan Safahi, founder and CEO of ZipZap Inc., a San Francisco-based cash payment network for online financial services and e-commerce transactions, has been named to the advisory board of OpenCoin, creator of the open-source currency platform Ripple. With nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in the IT, telecommunications and financial services industries, Safahi has created […]

People on the Move: Andrew Buckley, MasterCard (May 2013)

MasterCard has appointed Andrew Buckley head of commercial products for Europe. Based in London, he will be responsible for leading the commercial team in Europe and delivering advanced commercial payments solutions to small businesses and large corporations and their employees. Prior to joining MasterCard, Buckley served as vice president for global corporate card product management at American Express, […]

People on the Move: Frank Bisignano and Ed Labry, First Data Corp. (May 2013)

The board of directors of First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor, has named Frank Bisignano CEO. He also joins the First Data board of directors. Bisignano most recently served as co-chief operating officer of JPMorgan Chase, where his responsibilities included overseeing global technology, real estate, operations, procurement, compliance, regulatory control and oversight, resiliency, security […]

People on the Move: Andrew Dodge, eGifter (May 2013)

Social and mobile gifting company eGifter, has hired Andrew Dodge as vice president of sales. He will focus on driving demand among retailers and payment channel partners for the eGifter platform, which enables retailers to add social gifting, group gifting and mobile delivery of e-gift cards to their own Websites, fan pages and mobile apps. Dodge […]

People on the Move: Rob von Behren, Braintree Inc. (May 2013)

Braintree Inc., a Chicago-based e-commerce payments processor, has announced that Rob von Behren has joined the company as lead engineer for its San Francisco office. He will help to advance Braintree’s position in mobile commerce, including its one-touch mobile payment solution Venmo. A long-time systems engineer, von Behren has deep experience in distributed computation, high-performance […]

MCX Ranks Swell with Southwest, More Chains (May 9, 2013)

Momentum continues to build for U.S. merchant consortium MCX, which today announced another batch of diverse merchants joining its mobile commerce effort. Southwest Airlines and Chili’s Grill & Bar are the latest to join MCX, along with other recently added companies, including DICK’S Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., Meijer and convenience store chains QuikTrip […]

i2c Passes $1 Billion in Latin America, Caribbean Processing (May 9, 2013)

Payment processor i2c Inc. has processed more than $1 billion in payments on cards issued by partner banks in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past year, the company said this week. “We started focusing on [the region] just over two years ago and our $1 billion milestone is evidence of the momentum our […]

Google Wallet Chief Exits Company (May 9, 2013)

Google Inc.’s vice president of payments and wallet has left the company to pursue outside interests, Google confirms. Osama Bedier, who joined Google in 2011 after eight years at PayPal, played a key role in Google Wallet’s recent milestones as well as announcing Google’s purchase of TxVia about a year ago. “We can confirm that Osama […]

Consumers Union Cautions Municipalities about Prepaid Card Fees (May 9, 2013)

As municipalities continue to explore and, in at least one case, implement programs involving government-issued identification that doubles as a prepaid card, Consumers Union this week urged city leaders to be cautious of prepaid cards that might come with “high fees and weak consumer protections.” In letters sent to the National League of Cities, an advocacy group […]

Fed Group Report Cites Collaboration, Tech Advances in M-Payments (May 9, 2013)

Over the past two years, the mobile retail payments landscape has been marked by collaboration across diverse industry players, increased channel and technological convergence, market entry by nonbank entities, and technological innovation and experimentation. Those were among the findings of a new white paper issued by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Boston, which […]

Blog: Faster Pussycat! Why Payments Need to Be Faster than a Speeding Laptop

By Nick Holland, Javelin Strategy & Research I bought a new laptop the other day. I won’t bore you with the details of its specifications, but suffice to say, as a professional nerd, I get pretty excited about these things. In fact, I got so excited that I actually bought it as an impulse purchase […]

CFPB: Gift Card Issuers Must Honor Cards after Funds Escheat to State (May 2013)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a final determination regarding whether the unclaimed property laws of Maine and Tennessee relating to unredeemed gift cards are inconsistent with and preempted by the gift card provisions of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Regulation E. In its ruling, the CFPB determined that Maine’s unclaimed property […]