October 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1251 6th Ave
New York, NY 10020
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What’s Next for the Networks in a World of Faster Payments?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1251 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

MasterCard’s planned purchase of Vocalink, both networks partnering with PayPal – what do these recent moves by the global card networks portend in terms of their strategic approaches?  Are their strategies diverging? Is MasterCard is becoming more of a payments processor?  Is Visa is concentrating on network expansion?

  • What is the overall direction of the networks?
  • What do these and other recent moves imply about each network’s attempts to grow and differentiate?
  • Are these moves all in anticipation of real-time payments launching in the US?
  • Will real-time payment disrupt the networks’ traditional business and growth – or will the networks leverage this shift to expand further?

Joining us for a lively and insightful discussion as well as networking with industry peers!

Meet the Panel

Dan Gonzalez

Dan Gonzalez

Vice President, Payment Industry Relations for the Federal Reserve’s Customer Relations and Support Office

Dan is responsible for collaborating and engaging with the industry to define and prioritize payments system improvements that advance the speed, efficiency and security of payments from end to end. His accounts include the top 25 financial institutions in the country, as well as payment networks and alternative payment providers. Dan has spent the last several years working closely with financial institutions on their efforts to migrate payments to electronics and improve the efficiency of the payment system. He has over 20 year’s experience in payments, sales, marketing and management in the financial services industry

Craig Maurer

Craig Maurer

Partner, Payments & Financial Technology, Autonomous Research

Craig joined Autonomous in September 2014 following nearly 8 years at CLSA Americas. Craig currently covers the Speciality Finance and Payments sector, and has been on Wall Street since 1997. He began his career at Neuberger Berman as a portfolio analyst before moving to the sell-side in 1999. Craig’s coverage of the payment processing and speciality finance industries began in 2003, prior to which he covered mid-cap banks. In 2006 and 2008, Craig was named to the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” ranking, and the Financial Times ranking in 2008 and 2013.

He earned a BS from Syracuse University.

Anand Ramakrishnan

Anand Ramakrishnan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Opus Consulting Solutions

Anand Ramakrishnan, CEO of Opus Consulting, is a senior business professional with an experience of over 22 years in sales, technology and business transformation with an in-depth knowledge of the banking and payments industry. Prior to joining Opus, Anand was Senior Vice President, Banking Business Unit at Capgemini Financial Services USA, Inc. with overall sales responsibility for the North America division. He joined Kanbay International, Inc. with the founding members of that company in 1995, and he was a member of the senior management team at Kanbay until it was acquired by Capgemini in 2006.

In 2016, he was named in the top Fintech influencers list for the US published by Let’s Talk Payments.

Anand earned his B.Tech degree from COE, Trivandrum and an MBA (Finance & Strategy) from Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Steve Ledford

Steve Ledford

Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy, The Clearing House

Steve Ledford is a well-known and highly regarded thought leader in the payments industry. At The Clearing House, he works with payments leaders on strategic issues facing our banks today and leads initiatives to address them.

Mr. Ledford has advised leading banks, financial services firms and payment organizations in the US and globally for more than 30 years. His work has focused on payments, advising clients on business strategy, product development, IT and infrastructure planning, operations and the deployment of new payment systems.

Prior to joining The Clearing House, Mr. Ledford was a partner with Novantas, a financial services consulting firm. Before that he was a leader in McKinsey’s global payments practice, and was President of Global Concepts, a consulting and research firm specializing in payments and cash management.

Mr. Ledford is a graduate of Wofford College with a BA in Economics.

Deborah Baxley

Deborah Baxley

Partner, PayGility Advisors & Board Member NYPAY

Deborah Baxley is an international mobile/cards payment consultant, recognized expert in the industry, creator of growth strategies for new and existing markets with more than 20 years’ experience consulting to cards and payment companies. She specializes in retail financial services, mobile payments, credit cards, technology strategy and business model development.

Through her work in fifteen countries, she has advised issuers, acquirers, networks and processors on product direction and competitive positioning, delivering millions of dollars in new revenue or operating cost savings. As board member of Smart Card Alliance, member US Federal Reserve Faster Payments Taskforce, co-founder of NYPAY and through frequent keynote speaking and writing, she is recognized for insights on the future of retail payments.

Some of her most recent articles include “Blockchain’s Disruption of Banking Has Already Begun,” in PaymentSource, and “Apple Pay, a catalyst for the contactless industry” in TechRadar. She is a featured expert on NPR Marketplace.

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