U.S. Faster Payments Council Announces 2020 Board of Directors

May 28, 2020 – The U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), a membership organization devoted to advancing faster payments in the United States, today released the results of the 2020 election for its Board of Directors. In this year’s election, FPC members voted in new directors to a Board that benefits both from continuity and fresh perspectives. 

Newly elected and re-elected members of the FPC’s Board of Directors include John Drechny, Merchant Advisory Group; Stuart Dwyer, Microsoft; Tom Feltner, Center for Responsible Lending; Kim Ford, Fiserv; Matt Howarter, Walmart Inc.; Steve Ledford, The Clearing House; Robert Palmer, Community Bankers Association of Ohio; Carl Slabicki, BNY Mellon; Peter Tapling, PTap Advisory, LLC; and Pat Thelen, Ripple.

“We’re pleased to welcome our new directors to the Board at this exciting and important next stage of the FPC’s evolution,” said FPC Board Chair Michael Bilski. “They bring decades of leadership in key areas, such as strategy implementation and payments industry expertise, that are vital to the success and growth of the organization. In addition to welcoming these new directors, I’d like to thank the group of directors who will be stepping off the Board, each of whom has contributed to the vitality and success of the FPC. I know their dedication to our mission will continue to help us move forward.”

The FPC Board is accountable to the members for setting the organization’s strategic direction and ensuring processes, activities, and recommendations are consistent with its fundamental principles. In addition, the Board is responsible for ensuring the views of all segments are heard during deliberations at the Board, committee, and work group levels. 

“We’re thrilled at the addition of this dynamic group of directors from across the full spectrum of the payments ecosystem. They will complement our existing Board of Directors’ skills and experiences, and we’re confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy and enhance the FPC member experience,” said FPC Executive Director Reed Luhtanen. “A key strength of the FPC is our ability to bring together diverse stakeholders to develop tools and guidelines that solve for real-world needs, facilitating the adoption and usability of faster payments. And we're just getting started.”  

As a principles-based organization, the FPC’s structure, operations, and activities are designed to adhere to the fundamental values of inclusiveness and fairness; flexibility and responsiveness; and transparency in decision-making. “All of our board members embody the FPC’s core values and play an integral role in our mission of advancing the adoption and usage of faster payments in the United States,” remarked Bilski.

U.S. Faster Payments Council Board of Directors 2020-2021

Business End Users
  • Stuart Dwyer, Microsoft (term ends 2023)
  • Matt Howarter, Walmart Inc. (term ends 2022)
  • Perry Starr, Target Corporation (term ends 2021)
Consumer Organizations
  • Tom Feltner, Center for Responsible Lending (term ends 2023)
  • Cathy Lesser Mansfield, National Consumer Law Center (term ends 2021)
Financial Institutions
  • Robert Palmer, Community Bankers Association of Ohio (term ends 2023)
  • Michael Bilski, North American Banking Company (term ends 2022)
  • Mark Keeling, The Bankers Bank (term ends 2021)
  • Carl Slabicki, BNY Mellon (term ends 2021)
  • John Drechny, Merchant Advisory Group (term ends 2023)
  • Susan Doyle, EPCOR (term ends 2022)
  • Steve Kenneally, American Bankers Association (term ends 2021)
  • Peter Tapling, PTap Advisory, LLC (term ends 2021)
Payment Network Operators
  • Steve Ledford, The Clearing House (term ends 2023)
  • Matt Friend, Visa (term ends 2022)
  • Andrea Gilman, Mastercard (term ends 2021)
Technology Providers
  • Kim Ford, Fiserv (term ends 2023)
  • Deborah Phillips, ICBA Bancard (term ends 2022)
  • Kevin Christensen, SHAZAM (term ends 2021)
  • Pat Thelen, Ripple (term ends 2021)

Elizabeth Grice    
U.S. Faster Payments Council              

About the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC)
The FPC is an industry-led membership organization whose mission is to facilitate a world class payment system where Americans can safely and securely pay anyone, anywhere, at any time and with near-immediate funds availability. By design, the FPC encourages a diverse range of perspectives and is open to all stakeholders in the U.S. payment system. Guided by principles of fairness, inclusiveness, flexibility and transparency, the FPC will use collaborative, problem-solving approaches to resolve the issues that are inhibiting broad faster payments adoption in this country. For more information, please visit FasterPaymentsCouncil.org. 
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