Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Movistar & MasterCard

Movistar and MasterCard launched “Your Mobile Money” electronic money service to provide offer significant savings in their money transfers. The service is available in 20 of the country’s departments to Movistar’s 16 million plus mobile customers, allowing customers to access an electronic money account. It creates a link their telephone number to their “Your Mobile Money” card, and will be able to make financial transactions such as sending and receiving money from a cell phone. It ultimately makes card purchases at MasterCard-affiliated establishments, and replenishing the balances of their own or third-party cellphones.

NCR World HQ

NCR consumer transaction technologies signed agreement to build a new world headquarters campus in Atlanta. This will enable the company to continue to attract talent to support its hardware-enabled, software-driven business. The new campus will be located at Centergy North at Technology Square on Spring Street, and will provide NCR with a state-of-the-art presence. In addition to helping the company consolidate a number of disparate facilities into unified and contemporary work environments and will allow retail and hospitality customers from all over the world to experience NCR technology solutions.

MasterCard Prepaid Exec

MasterCard appointed Michael Fiore group executive Global Prepaid Solutions. A ten year veteran with the company, he will lead the ongoing development and execution of the company’s global prepaid strategies. These programs provide individuals, organizations and governments with tools that create more efficient, easier ways to receive, hold and activate money. Fiore replaces Ron Hynes, who recently left MasterCard to pursue a new opportunity. Most recently with Mastercard, Mike led the company’s cross-border remittance, person-to-person payment and disbursement strategies and was instrumental in the acquisition of Orbiscom.