North America

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 […]

FINRA appoints di Florio to curb risk

The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has appointed Carlo di Florio as executive vice president, risk and strategy. In his new role, di Florio will lead FINRA’s office of risk, emerging regulatory issues, enterprise risk management and strategy.

Dodd-Frank 1073 amendments ease bank fears

Banks can breathe a sigh of relief following the publication of amendments to US Dodd-Frank Rule 1073 today, which should allay fears that draconian regulation was about to stifle cross-border payments.

People on the Move: Hugh Meadows, UMB Financial Corp. (May 2013)

UMB Financial Corp., a Kansas City, Mo.-based financial services holding company, has announced that Hugh Meadows has joined UMB as vice president, debit/prepaid card product manager for health care services. He is responsible for executing strategy and driving growth to UMB prepaid and debit card portfolios through new sales and expanding existing business. He also […]

People on the Move: Sunrise Banks, Best for the World List (May 2013)

B Lab’s 2013 Best for the World List, which acknowledges companies creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact, has recognized St. Paul, Minn.-based Sunrise Banks. The bank invests in projects within inner-city neighborhoods, works closely with state and federal assistance programs and supports community development, among other philanthropies. B Lab is a nonprofit […]

People on the Move: Scott Goldthwaite, ROAM (May 2013)

ROAM, a Boston-based mobile commerce platform provider and Ingenico company, has appointed Scott Goldthwaite senior vice president of operations. His duties include ensuring that the firm’s operations and business processes are aligned with the rapidly evolving needs of its customers as they deploy mobile point-of-sale solutions. Goldthwaite previously served as a senior member of the […]

Condolences: Timothy Birk, Performance Benefits Inc. (May 2013)

The prepaid and emerging payments industry recently lost a highly respected 30-year veteran. Timothy Birk, CEO at Performance Benefits Inc., died in a car accident on April 14, 2013. Birk, 56, is survived by his wife, Sheri, her children, Brandt and Aidan, and his children, Luke, Olivia and Thomas with his first wife, LaDon. Birk […]

People on the Move: Nick Nayfack, Mercury Payment Systems (May 2013)

Mercury Payment Systems, a Durango, Colo.-based prepaid card processor, has announced that Nick Nayfack, director of product, accepted a seat on the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) mobile payments committee. ETA is an international trade association for the payment processing industry. Nayfack will develop best practices in mobile commerce with industry peers to enable merchants and […]

People on the Move: Nick Holland, Javelin Strategy & Research (May 2013)

Javelin Strategy & Research has hired Nick Holland as senior analyst of payments. He has spent the last decade focusing on the intersection of payments, mobile, retail and security, according to the company. His prior work includes Mercator Advisory Group, Pyramid Research, Aite Group and, most recently, Yankee Group’s Mobile Money Strategies practice. Holland has […]

People on the Move: Nick Holland, Javelin Strategy & Research (May 2013)

May 2013 Javelin Strategy & Research has hired Nick Holland as senior analyst of payments. He has spent the last decade focusing on the intersection of payments, mobile, retail and security, according to the company. His prior work includes Mercator Advisory Group, Pyramid Research, Aite Group and, most recently, Yankee Group’s Mobile Money Strategies practice. […]

People on the Move: Steve Elefant, GoPago Inc. (May 2013)

GoPago Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of emerging mobile payments technology, has hired Steve Elefant as chief strategy officer, and he will be in charge of strategy and ISO partnerships. Elefant has more than 25 years of experience in overall company strategy, products, end-to-end encryption, mobile, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he […]

People on the Move: Mike Delagrange, Galitt (May 2013)

Galitt, a French payments and electronic transactions consultancy, has appointed Mike Delagrange senior vice president and general manager of Galitt’s U.S. operations. He will be responsible for positioning Galitt’s success in selling EMV, NFC and TSM consulting services throughout Europe to major companies in the U.S. Delagrange has more than 20 years of conventional and […]

Company on the Move: Accel, Fiserv Inc. (May 2013)

Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wis.-based provider of financial services technology, has announced that its debit payments network, formerly known as ACCEL/Exchange, has a new name: Accel. The name reflects the network’s ability to accelerate funds transfers across retail, biller and social P2P payments, and positions the network within the Fiserv portfolio of payments capabilities to […]

People on the Move: Edward P. Gilligan, American Express (May 2013)

American Express Co. has promoted Edward P. Gilligan to president. Gilligan has served as vice chairman of American Express since 2007, when he was named head of a B2B group responsible for the company’s global relationships with merchants, corporations and bank partners. He joined the company in 1980, and he was named business unit president […]

People on the Move: Steve Paradine, Allied Payment Network (May 2013)

Allied Payment Network, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based provider of online bill payment services to the financial industry, has announced that Steve Paradine, a financial industry sales veteran with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the company as its senior vice president of sales. His previous experience includes Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), where […]

US regulators seek huge budget increases to keep up with industry

It’s not just the banks that are struggling with the costs of regulation – so are the regulators. In the US. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested a 52% budget hike to $315 million dollars – described by one of its own commissioners as “improbable and unsustainable”.

People on the Move: Karl Mehta, Menlo Ventures (April 2013)

Menlo Ventures, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital investing firm, has announced that  Karl Mehta has joined the company as venture partner. Mehta will focus on sourcing investments and serving as an adviser in the financial services, mobile payments, e-commerce and gaming spaces. He developed his expertise in these areas as founder and CEO of […]

People on the Move: Darron Dunn, Georgann Smith and Karen Postma, The Members Group (April 2013)

The Members Group (TMG), a Des Moines, Iowa-based card processing and payment solutions provider, has promoted three of its senior-level staff members. In their new roles, Georgann Smith, Darron Dunn and Karen Postma will focus on serving TMG’s growing list of clients. Smith has moved from director of marketing and communications to vice president of marketing. She will provide […]

People on the Move: James B. Stallings Jr., FIS Board (April 2013)

FIS, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based banking and payment technology provider, has named James B. Stallings Jr. to its board. Prior to his retirement in January from IBM after 23 years, Stallings served in a variety of management roles, including general manager of enterprise systems. He also has worked at GE Company and ROLM Corp.; is managing […]

People on the Move: Chris Fry, Braintree Inc. Board (April 2013)

Braintree Inc., a Chicago-based e-commerce payments processor, has announced that Chris Fry, senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, has joined Braintree’s board of directors. With his experience in building world-class developer platforms, Fry will advise on the continued development of Braintree’s payment platform. His expertise will support Braintree as it continues to make it […]

People on the Move: Gary Daniel, Allied Payment Network (April 2013)

Allied Payment Network, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based provider of online bill payment services to the financial industry, has announced that Gary Daniel has joined the company as executive vice president and board member, bringing more than 45 years of experience to the firm. Daniel has held management and executive positions at several companies providing data […]

Nasdaq OMX acqusition targets US bond market

Nasdaq OMX Group is to acquire bond platform eSpeed from BCG for $750 million in a move that highlights the increasing tendency for large stock exchanges to diversify as capital markets revenues from equity trading continue to decrease.

Oakland ID/Prepaid Card Fills Dual Needs for Underserved (March 2013)

By Adam Perrotta, Assistant Editor Oakland, Calif., residents who lack bank accounts and U.S. government-issued photo IDs now have an option for electronic payments and identification. While several U.S. cities issue identification cards for residents who need an ID, the program’s backers say the Oakland City ID Prepaid MasterCard is the first to also act […]

2013 Paybefore Awards Continuing Coverage (March 2013)

In this installment of our Paybefore Awards coverage, get to know each of the winning programs in the following categories: Industry Achievement Winner: Brooks Smith Industry Achievement Winner: Roy Sosa Best Network Branded Gift Card Program  Most Effective Closed-Loop or RAN Prepaid Card Program  Best General Purpose Reloadable Card Program-U.S. Solutions  Best General Purpose Reloadable […]

M-Payments’ Next Chapter: Get Ready for ‘Wallet Wars’ (March 2013)

By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor  The proliferation of mobile wallet concepts enabling consumers to make payments with smartphones and tablets already may seem daunting, but get ready for more. Experts say it’s still quite early in the cycle as card-based payments morph into new, mobile forms with countless approaches to enriching the shopping process […]

Viewpoint: Early Days for NFC (March 2013)

By Lori Breitzke, E&S Consulting LLC In the initial installment of this article, we addressed how trends in EMV will impact the prepaid sector. But developments in near field communication (NFC) merit an equally close watch, as they, too, should have bearing on the prepaid market and how it plays out moving forward. Let’s start […]

People on the Move: Shay Artzi and Gal Steinberg, Zappix (March 2013)

Zappix, a Boston-based mobile portal and customer service app company, has announced the hiring of two executives. Shay Artzi, Ph.D, joins Zappix as chief technical officer and Gal Steinberg as vice president of marketing. Artzi previously served as senior software engineer for IBM, where he was a key member of a software group leading the […]

People on the Move: Neil Steinhardt, Skrill USA (March 2013)

Skrill, one of Europe’s largest payment providers, has appointed Neil Steinhardt, currently managing director of USA Inc., to the position of CEO at Skrill USA Inc. He will be responsible for the management and continued growth of Skrill and paysafecard USA, including shaping the evolution of e-wallets in the United States. Steinhardt brings payment processing […]

People on the Move: John Park, Matthew Francis and Robert Pinataro, Alegeus Technologies (March 2013)

Alegeus Technologies, a Waltham, Mass.-based health care and benefit payments solutions provider, has appointed John Park chief strategy officer, Matthew Francis chief sales officer and Robert Pinataro chief service officer. Park will lead corporate strategy and corporate development for Alegeus. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior leader at CIGNA Healthcare, responsible for […]

Cease & Desist: Ill. Gets Tough with Square and ‘Unlicensed Money Transmitters’ (March 2013)

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation recently released five cease and desist orders from January 2013 against six entities for unlicensed activities under the state’s Transmitters of Money Act. These six entities offer a variety of services in Illinois, including domestic and international money transfer, bill payment services and prepaid cards.  One of […]

Fed’s Interchange and Routing FAQs Throw Prepaid in a Tizzy (March 2013)

The Federal Reserve Board (Fed) quietly released changes to its FAQs on Reg. II’s restrictions on debit card interchange fees and routing. Five new FAQs were added and one existing FAQ was revised. Changes in two areas directly affect prepaid cards: the exemption for “general use prepaid cards” and the requirement for adding a second […]

Paybefore Honors Innovation in Orlando (March 2013)

March 2013   Expanding the Boundaries of PrepaidLeft to right: Lisa Breitengross and Kevin Boglarsky, Discover On March 4, Paybefore celebrated 72 programs in 23 categories, naming for the first time Best-in-Category honorees at the 7th Annual Paybefore Awards Ceremony, which capped off the first day of Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla. This year—for […]

Boosting Gift Card Sales in the U.S. and Abroad (March 2013)

March 2013   By Bill Grabarek and Loraine DeBonis      Though much of the payments buzz at last week’s Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., revolved around mobile and GPR products, closed-loop cards—whether it’s B2B or consumer gift cards—shouldn’t be ignored, according to several panelists who shared methods of maximizing sales, as well as challenges and […]

People on the Move: Ray Iglesias, Ubiquity Global Services (March 2013)

March 2013 Ubiquity Global Services recently announced that Ray Iglesias has joined the New York City-based business process outsourcing organization as CEO. Iglesias has a recognized track record in growing a number of successful companies. Most recently he helped manage the integration of payments technology company TxVia into Google. Prior to Google, Iglesias served as […]

People on the Move: Kevin Spector and Christian Krejcik, payvia Inc. (March 2013)

March 2013 payvia Inc., a Los Angeles-based mobile payments provider, has appointed Kevin Spector  senior vice president, global payments, and Christian Krejcik director of strategic sales. Spector previously served as CEO of Mobile First, an international mobile payments network acquired by payvia, and he has more than 18 years of digital media, finance and international […]