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

ERN Names Director, UK Merchant /Acquiring Sales

ERN appointed former Merchant Account Leader MasterCard Brian Eagle-Brown UK Merchant & Acquiring Sales Director. Eagle-Brown will manage the development and management of relationships with large retail merchants and acquirers and report to ERN’s Head of Global Sales Andrew Rush, another well-renowned name in the financial services industry. A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Eagle-Brown was also with Thomas Cook and then at foreign exchange service Travelex. ERN’s transactional big data platform, Looop, offers a PCI and ISO 27001 compliant scalable, reliable and secure big data platform to boost customer loyalty using transactional data analysis.

Former Hearltand CIO, Google Payment Brass to lead GoPago

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Steve Elefant is the new GoPago Chief Strategy Officer. Bringing with him over 25 years’ in the industry, most recently with Google Payments as a consultant and Heartland as CIO, Elefant intends to lead GoPago growth in new channels and further develop its “GoPago LIVE” all-in-one cloud POS. As a Senior…

Jack Henry Expands Core Platform Offering

The Jack Henry Banking division announced two Tennessee-based banks, Volunteer Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank of the South, selected its “CIF 20/20” core processing platform to provide enterprise-wide automation. THE “CIF 20/20” processor is automating approximately 700 growth-focused, service-oriented banks by integrating parameter-driven core functionality with more than 120 complementary products and services. This market presence makes “CIF 20/20” one of the most widely installed core banking systems in the U.S. Its flexible architecture and relational database, ability to support both in-house and outsourced operating environments, and scalable hardware platform maximize operating flexibility and seamlessly support banks’ near- and long-term technology requirements.

Mercury Exec Partakes in ETA mPayments Committee

Mercury Payments Systems announced Nick Nayfack, director of product at Mercury, accepted a seat on the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) Mobile Payments Committee. Here he will develop best practices in mobile commerce with industry peers to enable merchants and consumers to navigate technological “ease-of-use.” Mercury designs and implements a “one-stop shop” experience for payment acceptance by retail and hospitality merchants by offering a multitude of new and traditional payment products, software and services all focused on small business solutions for “Main Street.”

Fiserv Payments Network Changes Name, Logo

Fiserv inancial services technology announced its debit payments network, formerly known as ACCEL/Exchange, is now just “Accel.” Reflecting the network’s ability to accelerate funds transfers across retail, biller and social person-to-person payments, and positions the network within the Fiserv portfolio of payments capabilities to create the world’s leading real-time network, the name change is appropriate. Accel supplies infrastructure for financial institutions to give cardholders around-the-clock access to their demand deposit account funds at ATMs and the point of sale, with 55 million debit cardholders, 3,100 financial institutions, 340,000 ATMs and more than 3 million merchant locations.

Net Element Acquires Unified Payments Services

Net Elemen electronic commerce and mobile payment processing completed the acquisition of Unified Payments transaction processing services and payment-enabling technologies. Unified Payments is a socially responsible provider of payment services across the United States, processing in excess of $10 billion in volume between 2010-2013. The acquisition positions and diversifies Net Element International’s mobile payments business and creates a new platform division “TOT Group, Inc.”, with focus on global mobile payments and transaction processing markets. Net Element International has already initiated the integration and localization of Unified Payments’ products and services in Russia and other emerging markets and will now reap the benefits of Unified Payments’ market penetration in the U.S. The completion of the Unified Payments acquisition positions Net Element International’s TOT Group to maximize the benefits of a significant growth market opportunity.

PayLane Registered as Visa Europe Merchant

PayLane.com online payments has been registered on Visa Europe Merchant Agents List. Visa decreased doubts and help control the risk in online payments with its Merchant Agents List. The Merchant Agent list is a catalogue of different companies that provide payment-related services such as Payment Gateways, Payment Service Providers, Internet Payment Service Providers etc. In order to be listed in the catalogue, the company has to be compliant with PCI DSS and approved by Visa as a as a company that provides full protection to their customers.

China CITIC bank and MasterCard Ink MOU

China CITIC Bank and MasterCard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strategic cooperation in the virtual payments space within and outside China. The two parties aim to jointly develop and promote innovative products and services including Quick Response” (QR) code services, and collaborate to provide a safe and efficient payment experience for domestic and overseas cardholders and merchants. China CITIC Bank and MasterCard will leverage their core competencies and cooperate on innovations including virtual card payment technology, product development, acceptance and risk management. This alliance will enhance consumers’ e-commerce experience and provide new and innovative payment services to domestic and overseas China CITIC Bank cardholders. Tim Murphy, Chief Product Officer of MasterCard, and Zhu Xianghuang, President of China CITIC Bank attended the signing ceremony of this MOU. This collaboration with MasterCard in the virtual payments space is yet another important step for China CITIC Bank.

American Express Names New President

American Express announced the promotion of Edward P. Gilligan to president, having served as vice chairman since 2007. He was previously named head of a Business-to-Business, responsible for the company’s relationships with merchants, corporations and bank partners globally. Having joined AmEx in 1980, Gilligan has led several different American Express businesses earlier in his career. In 1995, he was named business unit president of Commercial Card and Business Travel for the United States. He was named group president in 2002, overseeing the International Consumer Card business and the company’s global portfolio of Payment and Travel Services for corporate clients.

Global Payout Announces Payment Gateway

Global Payout is launching its newly designed MoneyTrac Consolidated Payment Gateway through its licensing agreement with Intradata Solutions. Implementation allows companies to load online accounts with payroll, commissions or rebates for U.S. and international accountholders. Initially developed as a banking platform for several Fortune 500 corporations, the Payment Gateway will be able to easily access online accounts, letting users choose how to access their funds through three transfer options. First, transfers can be made to their bank account. Second, accountholders can transfer funds to any credit or debit card, worldwide. And finally, accountholders can choose to gain immediate access to funds by loading to their domestic or international prepaid card that can be ordered directly from their online account.

Accenture Enhances Software Platforms

Accenture (ACN) enhanced its Software solutions to help banks create stronger customer relationships through multichannel interactions and personalized offerings and increase internal efficiencies. Its new features on the Multichannel Platform 2.0 and Accenture Product and Fee Factory 2.0 software let banks offer customers choice in channel interactions, bring more visibility and efficiency to operational tasks and capitalize on customer relationships through personalized offerings. The Accenture Multichannel Platform 2.0 software allows banks to quickly develop and integrate new and existing customer channels, all at a reduced cost. It is designed to help banks improve customer experiences by offering integrated banking services accessible via the web and mobile devices, as well as through branches, call centers and ATMs.