People on the Move: Eric Thiegs, National Gift Card Corp. (July 2013)

July 2013 National Gift Card Corp. (NGC)—an Elgin, Ill.-based marketer and supplier of gift cards for use in loyalty, incentive and rewards programs—has appointed Eric Thiegs senior vice president, business development. He is a 15-year veteran of the partnership marketing, member benefits, loyalty and rewards arenas, and he will be responsible for leading the company’s […]

People on the Move: Laura Patterson, LifeWork Search (July 2013)

July 2013 LifeWork Search, a staffing firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida, recently announced that Laura Patterson has joined the company’s executive search team, leading the compliance, fraud and risk department. Patterson has more than 15 years of experience in technical sales and account cultivation. Her merchant services career started in 2002 with American Express, […]

1 + 1 = $1 Trillion in Card Payments: The Gold Rush for Micro and Small Business (July 2013)

The surge in new mPOS tools and e-commerce options for micro and small businesses represents a significant growth opportunity to a diverse array of payments industry players. By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor  Local dog-sitters, dry cleaners and doughnut shops could become as important as gold nuggets to payments industry providers that recognize their potential […]

People on the Move: Guy Chiarello, First Data Corp. (July 2013)

July 2013 First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor, has appointed Guy Chiarello president. He will serve as a member of the management committee, and he will focus on innovation, product development and technological systems. Chiarello also will engage with customers and business leaders to create and enhance the many new solutions First Data plans […]

Companies on the Move: ecoPayz, formerly ecoCard (July 2013)

July 2013 ecoCard, a U.K.-based global payment solutions provider, has been rebranded ecoPayz to reflect the scope of its diverse range of payment solutions, according to the company. “Over the last few years we have significantly grown and extended our range of payment solutions to incorporate a range of virtual payment mechanisms, not just physical cards, so […]

Companies on the Move: CPI Card Group, ICMA Élan Awards (July 2013)

July 2013 CPI Card Group, a Littleton, Colo.-based card producer, recently received several Élan Awards at the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The Élan Awards recognize innovative card designs, technologies and other criteria that establish the global vanguard for card manufacturing. CPI received the top honor in two categories: “Best Financial […]

People on the Move: Norman Miller, DFC Global Corp. (July 2013)

July 2013 DFC Global Corp., a Berwyn, Pa.-based financial services company serving primarily unbanked and underbanked consumers, has promoted Norman Miller president and chief operating officer. He has served as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2007. Previously, Miller was employed by ARAMARK Inc., where he was group president of sports […]

People on the Move: Michael Boustridge, Contact Solutions (July 2013)

July 2013 Contact Solutions, a Reston, Va.-based provider of cloud-based customer self-service solutions, has appointed Michael Boustridge CEO. His focus will be to continue building on the strong market momentum Contact Solutions has built over the last 11 years and accelerate the company’s growth trajectory, including evolving partner relationships, sustaining operational excellence and expanding into commercial […]

People on the Move: Sartaj Alag, Christopher D’Angelo, Nora Dowd Eisenhower and Laurie Maggiano, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (July 2013)

July 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently has added several members to senior positions within the bureau. Sartaj Alag is returning to the CFPB and will serve as chief operating officer. In his previous role at the bureau, Alag was in charge of starting up and managing the Office of Consumer Response. Previously, […]

People on the Move: Peter J. Quadagno, Bank Solutions Group LLC (July 2013)

July 2013 Bank Solutions Group LLC, an Atlanta-based  management consulting firm, has hired Peter J. Quadagno as a partner in its payments practice. He has more than 30 years of payments industry experience as an executive, business owner and consultant, most of it focused on prepaid cards. He founded several firms, including Maverick Network Solutions and […]

People on the Move: Jennifer Boussuge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (July 2013)

July 2013 Bank of America Merrill Lynch has named Jennifer Boussuge head of global transaction services (GTS) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She has been with the company for more than 19 years, during which time she has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as head of global sales for GTS. […]

Companies on the Move: Consumer Financial Services Practice, Ballard Spahr LLP (July 2013)

July 2013 Ballard Spahr LLC recently announced the opening of its 14th office—this one in New York City—that will expand the firm’s capabilities in representing banks and other financial institutions in a wide range of consumer financial services regulatory matters, litigation and government investigations, according to the firm. The New York office operates under the […]

ICMA Honors Card Design and Innovation (July 2013)

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) continues to honor innovators in card manufacturing through its Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence, and many prepaid programs were recognized as finalists and winners this year. The awards were presented last month during the association’s Annual Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO in Washington, D.C. “The graphics on many […]

OU Blazes Trail with Tuition Gift Card (July 2013)

By Bill Grabarek, Senior Editor True to the pioneering spirit of the University of Oklahoma’s moniker, the Sooners (a nickname for settlers during the land rush of the late 1800s), OU is traversing a path seemingly untrodden by other colleges and universities. OU’s Office of the Bursar recently launched the OU Gift Card, enabling friends […]

China UnionPay Debuts NFC Payment App (July 16, 2013)

July 16, 2013 Shanghai-based payment card network UnionPay continues to expand its NFC-based mobile payment offerings, launching a new smartphone app for contactless payments last week. Dubbed simply Wallet, the app enables users to link card accounts from eight participating Chinese banks to NFC-enabled smartphones from China Mobile and make purchases at POS terminals via […]

i2c, Heartland Kick Off Processing Pact with Payroll Card (July 16, 2013)

July 16, 2013 Cloud-based payment processor i2c Inc. has signed a deal to provide prepaid card processing services to Heartland Payment Systems. The collaboration will kick off with i2c taking over processing duties for Heartland’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Edge payroll card program, which enables restaurant employees to load their paychecks and outside funds onto […]

Ukash Deal Gives Brazilians More Online Shopping Options (July 16, 2013)

July 16, 2013 Consumers in Brazil soon will be able to purchase Ukash vouchers in Brazilian currency at participating Petrobas and other independent stores across the country, and spend those vouchers at 3,500 e-commerce and digital entertainment Websites. Ukash, a London-based prepaid voucher provider and Paybefore Award winner, yesterday announced an agreement with Now Prepay Servicos […]