PaymentsSource Announces 2019’s Most Influential Women in Payments

Honoring top executives at startups, investors, retailers, banks and payment networks from around the globe

NEW YORK, NY (March 14, 2019)PaymentsSource, SourceMedia’s resource for payments professionals worldwide, is proud to announce the 25 Most Influential Women in Payments of 2019. PaymentsSource honors these executives for their ability to guide complex organizations through uncertain times while creating an environment that is welcoming to new talent.

The payments industry is at the heart of innovation, but also vulnerable to disruption from outside forces — whether that means the regulatory uncertainty of Brexit or the cultural reckoning of #MeToo. This year stands to be a true test of leadership at many organizations.

“We are committed to recognizing the women who continually move their industry forward, as well as the leaders who support them,” said SourceMedia chief executive Gemma Postlethwaite.

The Most Influential Women in Payments program, now in its seventh year, recognizes leaders as dynamic and innovative as the payments industry itself, including startups, investors, retailers, banks and payment networks from around the globe.

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, including 12 years at Visa and an earlier job working under Supreme Court Associate Justice Lewis Powell. PaymentsSource recognized Richey as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Payments in 2016.

"A strong leader isn't just a good boss or a savvy technologist; she is also instrumental in shaping the culture at her organization," said Daniel Wolfe, Editor-in-Chief of PaymentsSource. "These executives lead by example through innovation as well as inclusion. Whether they work at a startup or a large global payment network, their presence inspires those around them."

The complete list can be viewed at PaymentsSource. PaymentsSource will recognize this year’s honorees in a special ceremony at the annual Card Forum event on May 21, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where over 600 professionals from across the cards and payments industry will be in attendance.

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PaymentsSource is the only independent resource providing comprehensive coverage of the ideas, trends, and developments shaping the global payments industry and dedicated to serving all global payments constituencies — financial services, retail, technology, startup, investment, and venture capital.

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