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US Payments Forum Elects 2019 Steering Committee

February 26, 2019

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Payments Forum and its leadership are instrumental in its mission to support the introduction and implementation of payments technologies that help protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for, payment transactions within the U.S. To continue its success into the new year, the U.S. Payments Forum announced today its 2019 Steering Committee and officers.

The Steering Committee members elected as officers in 2019-2020 are:

-- Kristy Cook, Target – Chair -- Scott Haney, Woodforest National Bank – Vice Chair -- Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM – Secretary -- Steven Cole, Worldpay – Treasurer

The full U.S. Payments Forum Steering Committee is:

-- Berke Baydu, Mastercard -- Jesse Lee, Wells Fargo -- William Bondar, PNC Bank -- Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies -- Roberto Cárdenas, TSYS -- Girish Menon, Discover Financial Services -- Steven Cole, Worldpay -- Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM -- Kristy Cook, Target -- Jesse Pamperin, McDonald’s -- Kara Gunderson, CITGO Petroleum -- Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security -- Scott Haney, Woodforest National Bank -- Tom Pouliot, Unionpay -- Kathy Hanna, Kroger -- Itai Sela, B2 Payment Solutions -- Art Harper, PSCU -- Robin Trickel, American Express -- Linda Horwath, JCB -- Joseph Vasterling, Best Buy -- Simon Hurry, Visa -- Patty Walters, PAX Technology -- Kara Kazazean, Walmart -- Bob Woodbury, FIS/NYCE

The Steering Committee manages the Forum and guides the priorities and plans of the organization and its working committees – ATM; Card-Not-Present Fraud; Communication and Education; Mobile and Contactless Payments; Petroleum; Testing and Certification; and Transit Contactless Open Payments. Some of the key working committee activities that the Steering Committee oversees include identifying and providing guidance on issues, developing best practices for implementation of payments technologies, providing market education, and creating deliverables such as white papers and webinars for industry stakeholders.

“The U.S. Payments Forum is a body dependent on cooperation and coordination between all segments of the industry – our active members and committees are the drivers of that participation,” said Randy Vanderhoof, director of the U.S. Payments Forum. “The strong cross-industry leadership we’ve seen in past years – and in this upcoming year – is integral to the success the Forum achieves in supporting implementation of new and emerging payments technologies in the U.S.”

For more information about the Steering Committee and its members, visit http://www.uspaymentsforum.org/about/forum-management/.

For membership details, visit http://www.uspaymentsforum.org/membership/membership-benefits/.

About the U.S. Payments Forum The U.S. Payments Forum is a cross-industry body focused on supporting the introduction and implementation of new and emerging technologies that protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for payment transactions within the U.S. The Forum is the only non-profit organization whose membership includes the whole payments ecosystem, ensuring that all stakeholders have the opportunity to coordinate, cooperate on, and have a voice in the future of the U.S. payments industry.

Contact:Adrian LothMegan ShamasMontner Tech PR203-226-9290 aloth@montner.commshamas@montner.com