Synchrony inked a multi-year extension of its private label credit card financing program with ABC Warehouse, a leading consumer electronics, appliance, furniture, and mattress retailer.
American Express Company announces two key appointments in its global Technology organization: Brian Saluzzo, as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure; and Nik Sathe, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), both reporting to Marc D. Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. The appointments were effective in late 2013. In his new role as global head of technology infrastructure, Mr. Saluzzo oversees end-to-end product management, operational support, and infrastructure risk management, including data center, cloud, and end user technologies. He has oversight for vendor management supporting infrastructure, as well as joint oversight of the company’s IT-related supplier sourcing. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves on the company’s Global Management Team. Mr. Saluzzo most recently served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure, leading data strategies for the firm, including big data, storage tiering, infrastructure risk management, mobile/bring-your-own-device and workplace infrastructure design. He began his career at NCR Corporation (then a division of AT&T). He holds dual degrees in computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York’s College at Geneseo, where he remains active on the board of the Geneseo Foundation.
Payfont announced those joining their Advisory Board. They include Professor Lachlan MacKinnon, who currently holds the role of Professor of Computing Science at the University of Greenwich and held the immediate past Chair of the UK National Committee of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing. Payfont have also brought on board Gordon Moir, an advisor on global regulatory and anti-trust issues, and he was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Lawyers. The third member of the trio, like Lachlan MacKinnon, is also from an academic background. Bill Buchanan is a Professor of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security.
Green Dot and Walmart announced have expanded the line of Walmart MoneyCard reloadable prepaid debit cards to include six new card types designed to meet the needs of their growing customer base. The Walmart prepaid debit card portfolio now includes nine cards and include Mobile Web Registration; Check Cashing Reloads Account Alerts; Gas Discounts; Pharmacy Discounts; Merchant Funded Offers; Purchase Protection / Assurance (Visa and MasterCard); and Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio.
Opus Bank announced that Romolo “Ron” Santarosa has joined Opus Bank and has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and a member of Opus Bank’s Executive Committee. As the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Santarosa is responsible for leading, managing, and directing the operational and support functions of Opus Bank, including Banking Operations, Information Technology, Project Management, Corporate Real Estate, and Vendor Management and Procurement, as well as being responsible for acquisition integration, and process improvement and efficiency management. Mr. Santarosa, a 22-year banking veteran, joins Opus Bank most recently from First California Financial Group and its bank subsidiary First California Bank (together “FCAL”), where he served as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Santarosa is a graduate cum laude of Ithaca College and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the California State Society of CPAs.
JPMorgan Chase announced that Mike Passilla has been named chief executive officer of Merchant Services to oversee Chase’s growing payments and merchant services business including Chase Paymentech, Chase’s merchant offers business, as well as Chase’s recently-announced merchant payments initiative. Passilla has been a leader in the field of payments and technology for 23 years and joins Chase from Elavon payments processing, where he most recently served as president and CEO. Meanwhile, Dan Charron was named president of Chase Paymentech, the global payment processing and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase, and will report to Passilla. Since March, Charron has been the acting head of Chase Paymentech and prior to that served as the head of Client Services.
Chase Sapphire travel rewards card from Chase, in partnership with Bon Appétit hosted the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge. Chefs Akira Back and Todd English partnered with two Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute students to reimagine a classic French dish during a live grilling competition. Todd Huelsman was awarded a $20,000 scholarship, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred, to help fund his culinary education at the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. An additional $5,000 was presented to runner-up Andrew Merfalen. The two students from the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute were selected to serve as sous chefs for Akira Back, Executive Chef of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio, and Todd English, Chef at Olives at Bellagio, through a Vine video and essay competition presented by Bon Appétit and the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.
Chase Card Services announced a new credit card for AARP members, offering cardholders 3 percent cash back on gas station and restaurant purchases, with no earning caps or points expiration and no annual fee. The card, designed to reward AARP members for their most common everyday purchases, also offers unlimited 1 percent cash back on all other purchases. By receiving 3 percent cash back on gas station and restaurant purchases and 1 percent on all other purchases, the average family can easily earn more than $250 cash back every year just by using the card. The new AARP Credit Card from Chase also offers customers a 10% discount when redeeming rewards for travel through Chase; Price, purchase, return and extended warranty protections – at no additional cost; and dedicated, personalized customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Good Technology secure enterprise mobility announced that Marc D. Gordon has been elected to its board of directors, bringing more than 25 years’ experience guiding technology companies. Gordon has served as the executive vice president and CIO of American Express since September 2012 and enterprise CIO and chief technology officer at Bank of America after joining the firm in 2004. Gordon has also held the CIO position at Best Buy and The Timberland Company, served on the U.S. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and has advised government agencies on cyber security and emergency preparedness. Gordon has an extensive background as both a consultant and global technology leader and has led the deployment of several industry-moving innovations.
PayAnywhere mPOS app and credit card reader has been selected as the mobile credit card processing solution of choice to support Girl Scouts’ product sales. Girls participating in fall product sales and cookie sales will be given the opportunity to utilize the PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader and mobile app to accept credit and debit card payments. They will be provided free training and 24/7 customer service from PayAnywhere. The PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader is a small accessory that plugs into the audio jack of smartphones and tablets, transforming them into mobile payment terminals that can swipe credit cards to securely process payments. Used together with the free PayAnywhere mobile app, the reader instantly transforms an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, most Android smartphones or tablets, or BlackBerry smartphones into a powerful mobile point of sale terminal.
American Express appointed Marc D. Gordon Executive VP, CIO and consequently a Corporate Officer upon his election by the American Express Board of Directors. He most recently served as Enterprise CIO and Chief Technology Officer at Bank of America, where he led the development of industry-leading capabilities and innovations at very large scale. Previously, he was CIO for Best Buy and The Timberland Company. Marc began his career as a consultant at Accenture, serving clients across a range of industries. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College and a master’s degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Eileen Serra has been appointed CEO, Chase Card Services. Most recently Head of Card Consumer-branded Products, Serra will oversee card customer segments for Affluent, Mass Affluent, Small Business Card, Partner Card Products, Commercial Card and business in Canada. She will also be a member of the Chase Consumer & Community Banking management team. Serra is responsible for the Mass Affluent and Affluent/High Net Worth customer segments. Previously, she served as President of the Affluent/High Net Worth business and led the brand advertising and media as well as the Chase-branded Ultimate RewardsSM program.