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

Skrill Group Appoints New CMO

Skrill Group appointed Neil Ward as Group Chief Product and Marketing Officer (CPMO). This new position has been created in order to deliver insight-driven customer value via an aligned product and marketing strategy. Neil will be based at Skrill Group’s global headquarters in London. Ward joins Skrill Group from Skype, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Operations, overseeing the delivery of user experience and operational delivery in more than 140 countries. Prior to joining Skype, Neil was General Manager of Business to Business Services at BT Group plc and he previously worked in a range of senior sales, marketing and operations positions with organisations including Affinity Cards, Virgin Media, Havas Advertising and Adidas.