Braintree, the fastest growing payments platform for online and mobile commerce, has announced that Rob von Behren has joined the company as lead engineer for its San Francisco office. Widely considered a pioneer in the mobile payments space, von Behren was co-founder of Google Wallet and most recently an engineer at Square. In his new role, von Behren will help to advance Braintree's leading position in mobile commerce, including its one-touch mobile payment solution Venmo.
von Behren entered the payments world four years ago when he and co-founder Jon Wall conceived, founded and successfully launched Google's groundbreaking Google Wallet mobile payment system.
"Rob is among a handful of the very best engineers in mobile and he will help us to continue leading the way in mobile commerce innovation," said Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree. "The best online and mobile commerce experiences run on Braintree because we have exceptional engineers like Rob building the payments tools they'd want to use for their own applications."
"Joining Braintree gives me the opportunity to solve real problems companies and people face when transacting online and on mobile devices," said Rob von Behren , lead engineer, Braintree. "Braintree's approach to mobile is spot-on with the vision I have imagined for the future of payments. It's exciting to be part of realizing the potential."
Braintree has nearly tripled the company's headcount in the last year and has attracted top talent from many of the world's best technology companies, including Google, Square, Yahoo, Groupon and several well-known start-ups. In addition, Twitter's Senior Vice President of Engineering Chris Fry joined Braintree's board of directors in March. The company expects to continue hiring the very best engineers and entrepreneurs across its offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago.
Fiserv, a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, has announced that Jim Tobin has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Solutions, Digital Channels.
In this role, Tobin will be responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of the market-leading Mobiliti™ mobile banking and payments solution from Fiserv. Mobiliti currently supports mobile banking, alerting and payments services for more than 1,000 financial institutions and millions of consumers in North America, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.
Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in leading innovation within both large and entrepreneurial company settings. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Software and Services at Blackberry, formerly Research in Motion, where his responsibilities included work on mobile payments initiatives in collaboration with banks and telecommunications companies around the world. He also contributed significantly to Canada’s 2010-11 Task Force for the National Payments Systems Review.
Previously, Tobin held executive positions at Comcast, AOL, Time Warner and Bell Canada. He founded and chaired Canadian transaction processor Emergis, now part of Telus, and spent several years at McKinsey & Company working with financial institution clients.“The mobile banking and payments market is undergoing rapid change, and financial institutions are seeking trusted partners who can help them deliver up-to-date mobile services and a superior user experience,” said Erich Litch, division president, Digital Channels, Fiserv. “Fiserv has shown consistent leadership in the ever-changing mobile banking and payments market, and Jim has the strategic experience to ensure our solutions continue to set the standard, exceeding the needs and expectations of our clients and the consumers who use our solutions.”
Tobin will report directly to Litch in his new role.
On-Line Strategies Announces the Addition of Billy J. Terrell to Its Leadership TeamOn-Line Strategies [OLS] recently announced that industry professional, Billy Terrell, has joined the company as Sales Director. In this role, Mr. Terrell will be responsible for global direct sales initiatives as well as opportunities brought by its partners and parent company, Incomm.
Terry Richards, Founder and President of On-Line Strategies, remarked, “Billy brings a wealth of industry experience to OLS, along with a finely-tuned blend of technical and strategic planning skills, coupled with demonstrated consultative sales ability. I’ve never known of a customer or prospect that didn’t enjoy and benefit from Billy’s passion for bringing sound business judgment and vision to functional reality through best-in-class business processes and technologies.”
“As OLS has grown and my experiences have expanded over the years, joining their team seemed like an excellent fit,” added Terrell. “I’m excited to be with OLS and am looking forward to bringing their proven payments ecosystem products to even more merchants and businesses around the world.”
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