Board & Sponsors

Our Board and Sponsors represent some of the most established voices in Payments globally. The wider community incorporates Regulators, Central Bankers and Public Officials with oversight of this industry.

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Bruce Lowthers
Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Financial Solutions, FIS Global

Bruce Lowthers serves as chief operating officer of the Integrated Financial Solutions (IFS) organization. In this role, Lowthers is responsible for developing and delivering FIS’ banking, wealth, payments and treasury offerings for financial institutions, retail, government and corporate clients in North America.

Previously, Lowthers served FIS in a number of executive positions including head of the company’s Payments business, head of Product Sales and Global Sales Operations and general manager of the Global Payments Software business. Prior to joining FIS, Lowthers held the position of senior vice president of Community Markets for eFunds, where he was responsible for the P&L for all payment and risk products for that market. He also held executive officer positions at four startup companies.

Lowthers serves on the board of P20, the new transatlantic payment experience. He also serves on the American Transaction Processors Coalition and the Armed Forces Financial Network. Lowthers was named 2017 “Maverick of the Year” by The American Business Awards and International Business Awards and “World’s Most Influential Payments Professional” by the World Payments Congress.

Lowthers holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts and began his career as a certified public accountant.

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Stefan Happ
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Global Prepaid & Alternative Payments, American Express

Stefan Happ is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Prepaid & Alternative Payments at American Express. In this role, Stefan has P&L responsibility for the digital prepaid business across international markets and in the United States, encompassing business development, client management, marketing and product development, and new digital and mobile payment capabilities and services, including Bluebird, in partnership with Walmart; Serve, the company’s next-generation payments platform; as well as the AXP single load and gift card business. He is a Board member for Karmic Labs and serves as Board advisor to Ongo Mobile Payments in Myanmar.

Stefan has been recognized as the 2016 Industry Achievement Winner by Pay Awards. He previously served as SVP and GM for the U.S. prepaid business, relaunching American Express Serve in 2013, which has won numerous industry awards and is now available in over 30,000 retail locations nationwide, as well as leading the dramatic growth of the American Express Gift Card and Reward Card franchises in the United States and Canada. He spearheaded the company’s introduction of the ground-breaking family of reloadable prepaid cards, both through the American Express e-commerce channel and through numerous distribution partnerships.

Prior to moving to the U.S., Stefan spent ten years at a number of American Express divisions and functions in the UK and Continental Europe, and served as a board member on three joint ventures. He holds a BA from University College London and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School.

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Dan Pilling
Global Payments CIO, Barclays

Dan joined Barclays from Citi in 2007. He has spent almost all his career within the Payments and Cash Management working in Operations and Technology. Since joining Barclays he has worked within the Corporate Strategy and Architecture team, led the Analysis and Design team for the Global Payments Utility programme and managed the Corporate and PCB Portfolio Management function. In June 2015, he took on the Leadership of the Payments CIO function accountable for Payments Technology Globally

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Shi WenChao
President, China UnionPay Co., Ltd

SHI Wenchao has long been engaged in managing financial markets and conducting macro-economic analysis and research. From 2007 to 2013, as Secretary-General of NAFMI, he led NAFMI to achieve leapfrog development of Chinese interbank debt market. He took the position of President of China UnionPay Co., Ltd in August 2013. Since then, he has been committed to building an open and comprehensive payments platform and a brand with global prominence to ensure robust growth of Chinese payments industry. Mr. Shi is a senior economist in China and a mentor of graduate program students. He has a doctorate degree in economics.

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Ann Ractliffe
Line of Business Finance Vice President for Payment Services, Discover Financial Services

Ann is the Line of Business Finance Vice President for Payment Services for Discover Financial Services based in Riverwoods, Illinois.  In her current role, she partners with the Payments organization to provide financial support including analysis on new deals, strategic planning, traditional financial planning and forecasting. Prior to joining Discover, Ann worked in a variety of industries, companies and locations with roles at General Motors, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Northern Trust Bank. Former assignments include corporate planning, internal consulting and investor relations. Ann has an undergraduate degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. She is also a licensed CPA. Ann lives in Glenview, IL with her husband, who is also a senior leader at a Fortune 500 company, and three young children.


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Jamie Walker
CEO, Elavon

As Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Walker is responsible for Elavon’s global acquiring business, leading more than 4,000 employees in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe. Since joining Elavon in 2001, Walker has expanded his role and responsibilities by driving the vision and setting the strategy for the company to achieve solid results. From managing complex initiatives, including acquisitions and international expansion in his role as Chief Financial Officer for Elavon, to assessing risk and opportunities for sustainable, strategic growth in his role as Chief Administrative Officer for U.S. Bank’s Payment Services division, Walker has continually set his sights on how to help Elavon and U.S. Bank succeed. Walker holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting and marketing from Emory University and remains an active member in the Atlanta community.

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Mac Schuessler
President and CEO, Evertec

Morgan M. “Mac” Schuessler, Jr. has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Evertec since April 2015. Mr. Schuessler has over 20 years of payment industry leadership experience. He has served as President of International for Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN, “Global Payments”), one of the world’s leading payment processing providers, overseeing the company’s businesses outside of the Americas since 2012. The businesses under his leadership spanned 23 countries throughout Europe and Asia, and encompassed more than 40% of the company’s employees. From 2008 to 2012, Schuessler served as Global Payments’ Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for the company’s global operations, human resources, corporate marketing and communications, real estate services and money transfer business. In this position, he led the implementation of the worldwide credit and risk function, and the creation of the company’s first global operations center in Manila, Philippines. Prior to joining Global Payments, Schuessler served in several leadership positions with American Express, Inc. including Vice President, Global Purchasing Solutions, with responsibility for managing the company’s purchasing card business globally. Additionally, he served in various sales, marketing, strategy and product management positions. Schuessler was a member of Visa’s Senior Client Council and the UnionPay International Member Council, the international division of China UnionPay (CUP). He holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Board.

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Barry McCarthy
Executive Vice President and Head of Network & Security Solutions, First Data

Barry McCarthy serves as EVP, Head of Network and Security Solutions (NSS). The $1.6 billion NSS segment includes all of the firm’s network, debit, prepaid, ACH/check, fraud, security, secure digital distribution, online and mobile banking, and government solutions. Collectively these businesses process more than $3 trillion in annual volume and support more than one billion cardholders. Previously, Barry was responsible for the turnaround of the firm’s Financial Services segment. In 18 months, he moved revenue growth from -4% to +7%. He was also a leader in the historic collaboration with Apple™ on Apple Pay™, ran the merchant business in Asia, and was responsible for creating the best-selling First Data-branded line of point-of-sale terminals, whose vertical integration strategy continues today with the firm’s Clover platform. Prior to First Data, Barry led the turnaround of the VeriSign payment business that was acquired by PayPal. He also co-founded and later sold MagnaCash, a Silicon Valley-based micropayments company, whose technology, through subsequent transactions, is currently owned by Digital River. Barry first entered the payments technology industry at Wells Fargo, where he was responsible for overseeing 14 million cards and 6,500 ATMs. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent 12 years in brand, customer marketing, and sales management roles. Barry is the chairman of a new, public-private partnership called  FinTech Atlanta. He served as the 2015 Chairman of TAG, the nation’s largest technology association with more than 30,000 members, and has twice served as Chairman of the Georgia Technology Summit (GTS).

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Devin McGranahan
Group President, Billing & Payments, Fiserv, Inc.

With Fiserv since 2016, Devin McGranahan is Group President of Billing and Payments at Fiserv, Inc. He oversees the company’s Biller, Lending, Output Solutions and Financial Risk Management Solutions businesses. McGranahan most recently served as a senior partner at McKinsey and Company, engaging with leading financial services companies on a broad range of strategy, payments and business-building opportunities. He also held a variety of management roles at the firm, including leader of the Global Insurance Practice and co-chair of the Global Senior Partner Election Committee. In addition, McGranahan served as co-leader of the North America Financial Services Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Devin worked in finance at PepsiCo and in product engineering at General Motors. McGranahan has more than 25 years of business and leadership experience.

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Emily Reid
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Over 30 years, Emily has built a reputation for delivering innovative ideas and solutions to Fintech companies and established players. She has extensive experience in the law, regulation, payment schemes and other infrastructure that apply to the fast-moving payments, consumer finance, merchant acquiring and banking industries. Emily is working increasingly on projects where technology is disrupting the traditional relationships between banks and their customers, increasing competition and creating new products and where Blockchain will drive further change, not just to crypto-currencies. She is ranked in band 1 (and as a star performer) in the Directories for payments and consumer finance. Emily has held a number of leadership roles within Hogan Lovells. She’s served two terms on the Global Board (including one term pre-combination), as a Group Manager and co-chair of Hogan Lovells Citizenship Programme and the Implementation Committee. Her focus is currently on innovation within clients and within Hogan Lovells (most recently the launch in July 2017 of Hogan Lovells Regulatory Consulting). Emily is on Business in the Community’s Community Leadership team and a governor of Westminster School.

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J Allen Maines
Executive Partner, Holland & Knight

J Allen Maines is the Executive Partner in Holland & Knight’s Atlanta office. He focuses on major commercial litigation and arbitration, including class actions, corporate investigations and M&A disputes. Mr. Maines has served as lead trial counsel to some of the world’s largest entities in controversies of major significance, including cross-border international securities and shareholder disputes, competitive disputes (non-compete agreements, antitrust and unfair competition), intellectual property claims, consumer claims including privacy, business torts including fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty actions.  Recent engagements involve the heath care, payment processing, service, financial and telecom/Internet industries.


Scott Meyerhoff
Chief Financial Officer, InComm

Scott Meyerhoff came to InComm in 2011 as CFO and has completed multiple public debt and equity offerings in that time, raising in excess of $1 billion. He has also played a key role in more than 100 mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining InComm, Mr. Meyerhoff was a consultant in executive capacities at multiple companies, including Arthur Andersen, Intercept, Infor Global Solutions and Intersect. Under his direction, Intersect was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 List in 2010. As COO and CFO, Mr Meyerhoff oversees all of InComm’s corporate infrastructure and operational teams. Mr. Meyerhoff attended Penn State University, where he earned a degree in accounting

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Eric Brier
Group CIO, Ingenico Group

Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Eric Brier started his career in the late nineties as military engineer for the French Navy. He contributed there to the development of Combat Management System for warships and submarines. Having moved to the smartcard manufacturing company Gemplus, he specialized in embedded cryptography and research. When the company merged into Gemalto, he extended his scope to applied research and business development. Eric has been with Ingenico Group for nine years as Chief Security Officer, having responsibilities over security for payment terminals and processing solutions worldwide. He is also member of the PCI SSC Board of Advisors and the Observatoire de la Sécurité des Cartes de Paiement, collaborating with French national bank.

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Mike Passilla
Vice Chairman Chase Commerce, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Mike Passilla has been Vice Chairman of Commerce Solutions at JP Morgan Chase & Co. since 2016. Before, Mr. Passilla served as CEO of Merchant Services at Chase Payment Solutions and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Passilla joined Chase in 2013 from Elavon, a payments processing firm. At Elavon, he served as President and CEO. He has more than 28 years of sales, marketing and consulting experience in building winning sales organizations and optimizing marketing relations. He has been Head of Business Intelligence Practice of Inforte Corp. and served as Executive Vice President of North America of Inforte Corp. He joined Inforte Corp in 1999 and was General Manager of its largest business unit, Media, Entertainment, Communications, & Services (MECS). Prior to Inforte, he spent time at CSC Index, Pepsi, IBM, and the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Passilla is a Graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from The J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Andrea Scerch
President of Processing Services, Mastercard Processing Services

Andrea Scerch is the President of Mastercard Processing Services, which includes three business lines: Payment Gateway Services through which Mastercard enables merchants to accept digital payments across multiple channels, brands, and markets; Payment Transaction Services – the company’s technology provider that helps issuers and acquirers process payments; and Prepaid Management Services which acts as an end-to-end program manager that delivers prepaid programs backed by Mastercard’s safety, security and acceptance. He also sits on Mastercard’s Management Committee. Prior to this role, Mr. Scerch led Mastercard Payment Gateway Services where he was instrumental in transforming the business into a successful global business with a strong growth trajectory. In this capacity, he also spearheaded the integration of multiple businesses, including Transaction Network Services which was acquired in 2014. He has also served as Mastercard’s Head of Strategy for Europe, and Division President for Central Europe markets (Italy, Alpine, Greece and Germany). Under his leadership, the company strengthened its position across the region, achieved strong growth, and successfully deployed new payment technology in the markets. Before joining Mastercard, Mr.  Scerch was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in Italy. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and has a degree in Economics and Business Administration, from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

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Joel Leonoff
President & CEO, Paysafe Group

Joel is an entrepreneurial leader and a visionary with a proven track record of managing high-growth technology companies, having served as CEO, COO and CFO of privately and publicly traded companies for nearly 20 years. In 1997, Joel founded SureFire Commerce Inc., which merged with the Optimal Group in 2003 to form Optimal Payments, now known as Paysafe Group plc.  Joel was appointed as an Executive Director and Co-CEO of the Group on 1 February 2011 and President and CEO on 1 August 2011.Prior to this, Joel created the e-commerce powerhouse BCE Emergis through the merger of Mpact Immedia Ltd with Bell Canada Enterprises. Joel also served as Group Operations Director and COO of Partygaming plc, a FTSE listed company. Joel is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (James McGill Award) and has a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy (C.D. Mellor Award) from McGill University.

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Kelly Knutson
Executive Vice President, TSYS International

Kelley has overall responsibility/accountability for the delivery of the TSYS International strategy across multiple lines of business with specific focus on market/business development, sales, client account/service management, product and partnership engagement. Prior to TSYS, Kelley was CEO/Acting Chairman of Clear Money Ltd. (Clear), a provider of Electronic Bill Management Services to UK billers and financial institutions. Before Clear, Kelley was SVP of GE Capital’s Global Consumer Finance (GCF) cards business and was responsible for developing and executing GCF’s cards strategy and driving card-based consumer finance initiatives in over 15 markets around the world. Prior to GE Capital, he was SVP, Visa International, responsible for developing/marketing Visa’s debit products and introducing e-commerce solutions (security, chip and remote banking) throughout Europe. Before joining Visa, he worked for Simpson Paper Company, TRW and General Dynamics where his focus was on product/marketing strategies, pricing and risk/portfolio management. Kelley holds a BS in Accountancy and a MBA in Finance/International Business and is an executive director of numerous TSYS entities throughout the TSYS International segment, as well as non-executive director of various TSYS partnership entities around the globe.

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Darren Parslow
Senior Vice President, Processing and Partner Solutions, Visa Inc.

Darren Parslow is Senior Vice President, Processing and Partner Solutions at Visa, Inc. In this role, Parslow manages Visa’s global acquiring and issuer processing business as well as DPS, Visa’s whollyowned issuer processor in North America. He also oversees processor and partner relationships focused on digital, prepaid and emerging products globally.

Since joining Visa in 2003, Parslow has held various leadership positions across the company, managing the global processing businesses, global commercial solutions organization, client services in North America, and Japan country management.

Prior to Visa, Parslow served as senior engagement manager for Financial Institutions Consulting, a management consulting practice focused on developing strategies in commercial banking, corporate finance and card payments. Prior to FIC, he was at Citibank in commercial business banking management.

Parslow received his Bachelor of Science and Economics in multinational management from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his family live in New York City.

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Ron Kalifa
Executive Board Director, Worldpay

Ron is an Executive Board director of Worldpay, having previously been CEO for over 10 years. Prior to this Ron held various executive roles within Financial Services across US and Europe.

Under Ron’s leadership and strategic oversight, Worldpay moved from an underinvested division of a UK bank to a FSTE 100 and more recently merged with a US entity to create a $25bn global payments company which is listed on the NYSE.

He has twice been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and in 2017 was #3 in the Financial Times’ Top 100 BAME Executives Power List for Britain and the US.

Ron was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2018 Honours List for services to financial services and technology.

Ron is a Non-Executive Director of QIWI plc and Transport for London.



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