Monday, 20 May 2013

Movers and Shakers in the Payments Industry w/c May 20th 2013

BitPay hires Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik

BitPay, a Payment Service Provider (PSP) specializing in eCommerce, B2B, and enterprise solutions for virtual currencies BitPay has announced that it has hired Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik.

His new role will allow him to work full-time on Bitcoin, BitPay, and related open-source projects to benefit the Bitcoin community.

 “BitPay recognizes the need for more resources and developments in the core Bitcoin protocol, especially in the areas of scalability and reliability,” says Tony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO of BitPay. “We strongly encourage other Bitcoin companies to do the same, either through crowdfunding efforts or direct contracts, grants, or scholarships.”

Jeff adds: “Bitcoin is growing up, no longer a hobby but now a professional payment network used worldwide. BitPay's contributions to the bitcoin open source software will benefit the entire community. After working on bitcoin open source software for years as a volunteer, I'm excited that BitPay is now sponsoring my work.“

Bryan Krohn appointed BitPay’s  Chief Financial Officer

Bryan previously worked as VP of Finance and Director of Finance for several Atlanta-based companies in the IT and Healthcare spaces. Bryan will report to Tony Gallippi, CEO of BitPay.

Chaz Ferguson joins BitPay as a Software Engineer

He is a junior at West Georgia College majoring in Computer Science and has begun making improvements to the BitPay workflow to better handle edge conditions. Chaz will report to Kevin McInturff, VP of Product anagement.

Helen Mason to head up Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s

Commercial cards business for EMEA

Helen Mason has been appointed head of Commercial Cards, EMEA, in the Global Transaction Services (GTS) business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Mason has responsibility for product management, new business growth and account management for the EMEA commercial cards platform. Based in London, she reports to Lesley White, head of Treasury Products, GTS EMEA and also has accountability to Kevin Phalen, head of Global Card and Comprehensive Payables, who is based in Chicago.

Mason joined the firm in 2010 and has previously held positions at Citibank, HSBC, RBS and Lloyds during which she managed all aspects of commercial cards, including operations, sales, account management and implementation.

“At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, commercial cards is an integral part of the strategies that Global Transaction Services develops to support the goals of corporate treasurers,” said White, who added that the firm’s commercial cards programme extends to 26 countries in the region.

“With 20 years of industry expertise, Helen is extremely well placed to lead Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Commercial Cards team in EMEA. Collectively, the region’s platform has more than 150 years of card experience, and with Helen’s leadership, we shall continue to drive innovative working capital solutions for our clients in the region,” she added.

The Card and Payment Jobs Team would like to wish all this week's Movers and Shakers the best of luck in their new roles.

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