U.S. Faster Payments Council Announces 2021 Board of Directors


May 24, 2021 – The U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), a membership organization devoted to advancing safe, easy-to-use faster payments in the United States, today released the results of the 2021 election for its Board of Directors. In this year’s election, FPC members voted in new directors who bring diverse expertise and decades of leadership in key areas that are vital to the organization’s future operations and strategy.

Newly elected and re-elected members of the FPC’s Board of Directors include Kevin Christensen, SHAZAM; Charles Harkness, Corporate One Federal Credit Union; Steve Kenneally, American Bankers Association; Beverly Kennedy, JPMorgan Chase Merchant Services; Cathy Lesser Mansfield, National Consumer Law Center; Steve Mott, BetterBuyDesign; Carl Slabicki, BNY Mellon; Perry Starr, Target; and Antonia Stroeh, Mastercard.

“We’re excited to welcome our new directors to the Board during this pivotal stage in the FPC’s evolution,” said FPC Board Chair Michael Bilski. “Each of these highly accomplished members provides our board with a unique background and perspective and we look forward to their expertise and guidance as we chart the course for the future of faster payments. I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank the group of directors who will be stepping off the Board, each of whom has contributed greatly to the success of the FPC and helped advance our mission.”

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. 

“With the addition of this exceptional group of directors to our Board, we will continue to shape and achieve the FPC’s goals and ideals for the future,” said FPC Executive Director Reed Luhtanen. “Thanks to the dedication of the FPC Board and our members, a solid foundation has been set, but much more work lies ahead of us—as an individual organization and as a collective industry. I look forward to collaborating with the entire Board and forging ahead to further move the needle on faster payments.”

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. “We are proud to have a Board of Directors that is so dedicated to the FPC’s core values and mission, all of whom have distinct abilities and knowledge, and provide valuable insights to our organization,” added Bilski.

Business End Users
  • Perry Starr, Target Corporation (term ends 2024)
  • Stuart Dwyer, Microsoft (term ends 2023)
  • Matt Howarter, Walmart Inc. (term ends 2022)

Consumer Organizations
  • Cathy Lesser Mansfield, National Consumer Law Center (term ends 2024)
  • Adam Rust, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (term ends 2023)

Financial Institutions
  • Charles Harkness, Corporate One Federal Credit Union (term ends 2024)
  • Robert Palmer, Community Bankers Association of Ohio (term ends 2023)
  • Michael Bilski, North American Banking Company (term ends 2022)
  • Carl Slabicki, BNY Mellon (term ends 2022)

  • Steve Kenneally, American Bankers Association (term ends 2024)
  • John Drechny, Merchant Advisory Group (term ends 2023)
  • Susan Doyle, EPCOR (term ends 2022)
  • Steve Mott, BetterBuyDesign (term ends 2022)

Payment Network Operators
  • Antonia Stroeh, Mastercard (term ends 2024)
  • Steve Ledford, The Clearing House (term ends 2023)
  • Matt Friend, Visa (term ends 2022)

Technology Providers
  • Kevin Christensen, SHAZAM (term ends 2024)
  • Kim Ford, Fiserv (term ends 2023)
  • Deborah Matthews Phillips, ICBA Bancard (term ends 2022)
  • Beverly Kennedy, JPMorgan Chase Merchant Services (term ends 2022)

Elizabeth Grice    
U.S. Faster Payments Council              
About the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC)
The FPC is an industry-led membership organization whose vision is 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 uses 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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