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.
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
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.
Diane E. Offereins was named executive vice president, payment services in 2008 with responsibility for Discover Network, PULSE and Diners Club International. She was executive vice president and chief technology officer from 1998 to 2008. She has overseen the PULSE Network since 2006. From 1993 to 1998, Diane was at MBNA America Bank, most recently as senior executive vice president. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Loyola University.
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.
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.
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).
Bruce Lowthers is the 2018 P20 conference chairman and co-chief operating officer at FIS, a global leader in financial services technology. 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.
As the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Rob is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key industry channel partners. Before joining Fiserv, Rob was the Senior Vice President of Client Development for Citi Cards from 2007 to 2009. His responsibilities incorporated the full scope of general management for Specialty Retail portfolios within the partnership group. This encompassed both co-brand and private label products for P&L, marketing, risk management, pricing, customer service and partnership relationships for the portfolios. Customers included Staples, Dell, The Children’s Place, J.Jill, and Fred Meyer. From 2004 to 2007, Rob served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Co-brand relationships for U.S. Bank—the fourth largest bank in the nation—and was responsible for the end-to-end management of the Co-Brand Division. This included P&L accountability, product management, marketing and partner relationships. Partners included Northwest Airlines, Harley-Davidson, Gymboree, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) and Korean Airlines. The division represented $400 million in Customer Net Revenue, approximately $25 billion in purchase volume, and $3.5 billion in assets. Prior to his role at U.S. Bank, Rob held a variety of senior management positions at American Express, Bank of America, MasterCard, and Infospace. Rob holds a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
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.
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 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.
Jacques Guérin was appointed EVP Strategy & Performance in January 2018. He was acting EVP North America in 2017. He had joined Ingenico Group in 2012 as EVP Chief Solutions Officer. From January 2015 to February 2017 he was the head of the Group’s Smart Terminals & Mobile Solutions division. He began his career with Air France, where he held various positions in Air Inter and Servair. In 1998, he joined Amaury as General Manager of the French newspaper Le Parisien before becoming the company’s CEO. He also acquired specific skills in the field of software development through the launch of Corail Software in 2008. Jacques Guérin holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile.
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.
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.
Gaylon Jowers is senior executive vice president and president of Issuer Solutions at TSYS. Since 1991, Jowers has held several key management positions, including leadership roles in which he was responsible for the company’s international, debit, prepaid, loyalty, debt management, e-commerce, global sales, corporate strategy and marketing initiatives. Jowers serves on the board of directors for China UnionPay Data Services, Ltd. (CUP Data), TSYS’ joint venture with China UnionPay (CUP) in China. Jowers holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in management from Troy State University.
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.
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.