Payment Source's annual issue of Most Influential Women in Payments features Ingenico Group, North America's Jennifer Miles and other women who are creating change and opportunities in the payments industry.
Our annual Most Influential Women in Payments feature, now in its seventh year, highlights the women who are creating change and opportunities in the payments industry. They represent startups, investors, retailers, banks and payment networks from across the globe.
For many, their path to success wasn't a straight line, and they credit their mentors with setting a clear example.
Payments executives from all backgrounds can draw lessons from the diverse initiatives spearheaded by these leaders. BillingTree’s Christine Lee, for example, is bringing her digital acumen to bear on the still often archaic world of healthcare payments while Walmart’s Karla Allen is steering the retail giant toward a completely new approach to mobile payments. And in a reflection of the global nature of the payments community, list newcomer Kikelomo Lawal, who was born in Nigeria and earned her law degree in the U.S., is driving a seismic shift at leading Canadian payments firm Interac.
For the first time, the editors of PaymentsSource have also recognized one woman for lifetime achievement: Ellen Richey, Visa Inc.'s chief enterprise risk officer, who plans to retire after a 40-year career in law and risk management.
As you read below, please follow the links to our full profiles of each of this year's honorees (presented in alphabetical order).
Merchant terminals—the longtime bedrock technology of the payments industry—are rapidly evolving, and few people have a better view than Jennifer Miles, executive vice president of North America for France-based payment terminal maker Ingenico.
In a 20-year career spanning top roles at two of the world’s biggest terminal companies, Miles has navigated fierce competitive pressure, shifting regulations and requirements and the rise of an increasingly global merchant base, placing her among PaymentsSource’s Most Influential Women in Payments for 2019.
Miles spent 16 years at payment terminal giant Verifone—where she rose to president—before moving to Ingenico in 2017, where she’s charged with expanding the company’s North American business at a time when startups are chipping away at incumbents and new technology is creating opportunities for all players.
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