Before I begin “blogging”, let me introduce (or re-introduce as the case might be) myself to you out there in the Payments Industry.
After five years as Senior Director of Industry Relations and Strategy for PayPal, I am striking out on my own again and re-launching RPGC Group. Those of you who have known me for a while know that I founded RPGC Group following my tenure as the head of Global Payments at Amazon.com in 2002. I led RPGC through four thriving years, consulting for companies like Google, Symantec, PayPal, Cybersource, First Data, Visa International, American Greetings, Netgiro in Sweden, and Pago in Germany. In 2006, PayPal came courting and I put my consultancy business on the back burner for a while.
Why did I leave PayPal? PayPal is a great company and I thoroughly enjoyed working for them. But, to be honest, I grew a little restless. My aim is to bring my views and ideas on how to make remote and global payments more efficient and cost-effective to a larger audience. As before, RPGC Group will continue to focus on “remote payments” or payments where the consumer is not present such as e-commerce and mobile payments. I will also continue to help companies address their international payments needs so they can take advantage of expanded markets and suppliers. For a more detailed description of all services available, please check the RPGC website at rpgc.com.
I am thrilled to have my “RPGC hat” again, and I am sure that I will be bumping into many of you at conferences soon. I will be in Austin at the NACHA Payments Conference beginning April 3; if you see me around, stop me to say hello and tell me what you think about all of the interesting developments that are happening in payments at the moment.
Now, on to this blog…
Really, the question these days is not whether to blog, but why not? For me, the idea is a very exciting one. I am glad to have this format to share information and open up a dialogue on the payments issues facing companies today. With Durbin on the horizon, mobile payments gaining strength, the SEPA deadline controversies in Europe, as well as the many other pressing topics creating buzz in the payments industry right now, there is a lot to discuss!
Please come back to check our future postings and post your own views. Or, send me a private email. I would love to hear what you have to say.