“Throughout the integration, our payments industry analysts have been exclusively focused on providing customers with an unparalleled level of service while delivering on our vision to build a payments consulting and leadership powerhouse. enlightened.”
SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB)
October 20, 2022
Javelin Strategy & Research is pleased to announce that it has appointed Brian Riley and James Wester as co-Heads of Payments, following the successful integration of Mercator Advisory Group and Javelin.
In March 2022, Escalent, Javelin’s parent company, acquired Mercator, a trusted research and advisory firm that serves the global payments industry, to augment Javelin’s payments practices and create a thought leadership powerhouse. Over the past seven months, the companies have worked hand-in-hand to create fully integrated, industry-leading payment advisory services to meet customers’ ever-growing payment needs. The Integrated Payments offering incorporates and maintains all Mercator and Javelin Payments practices.
Brian Riley was Director of Mercator’s Credit Counseling Department for six years. He will take on an expanded role and oversee the team leading the debit, prepaid and commercial practices. Riley has spent a quarter of a century with leading national credit card issuers at Chase, Citi, HFC and Wachovia (First Union National Bank) in general management roles in credit policy, operations and system design, with an emphasis on the application of scoring and technology solutions to acquisition, credit, collection and fraud.
James Wester is currently Director of Javelin’s Cryptocurrency Practice. He will now also oversee the team that leads the Merchant, Technology & Infrastructure (formerly Javelin Payments) and Emerging Payments practices. Wester has over two decades of research, marketing and communications experience in payments and technology, including supporting PayPal’s blockchain, crypto and digital currencies business unit, as well as global payment practices. blockchain and payment strategies from IDC Financial Insights. Wester has been widely quoted in the media, including The New York Times, Marketplace (NPR), The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Good Morning America.
“Throughout the integration, our payments industry analysts have been exclusively focused on providing their customers with an unparalleled level of service while delivering on our vision to create a payments consulting and leadership powerhouse. informed,” said Jacob Jegher, president of Javelin Strategy & Research. “Brian and James are incredibly talented. Appointing them co-heads of payments is the start of great things to come as we grow and invest in advising our clients on navigating the payments and financial services ecosystem.
The payments team has also hired Christopher Miller as a principal analyst for the Emerging Payments practice. Miller has spent the past 10+ years exploring the impact of emerging technologies on financial services, most recently with Northwestern Mutual where he was director of strategic partnerships on the corporate strategy team and led efforts to improve the payment experiences of NM customers and develop banking partnerships. Daniel Keyes has been promoted to senior analyst and will lead the merchant practice covering the technologies behind merchant payment acceptance. Keyes and Miller will report to Wester.
Meet Jegher, Wester, Keyes and several other Javelin and Mercator analysts at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, starting October 23.
About Javelin Strategy and Research
Javelin Strategy & Research, part of the Escalent family, helps clients make informed decisions in a digital financial world. It provides strategic insights to financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, brokerages, and insurers, as well as payments companies, technology providers, fintechs, and government agencies. Javelin’s independent information is the result of a rigorous research process that assesses consumers, businesses, vendors, and the transaction ecosystem. She conducts in-depth primary research studies to identify dynamic risks and opportunities in digital banking, payments, fraud and security, lending and wealth management. For more information, visit javelinstrategy.com. follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Mercator Advisory Group
Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on the payments and banking industries. He provides pragmatic and timely research and advice to help clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Its customers range from the world’s largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online banking and payments news and information portal PaymentsJournal.com.
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