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PaymentsSource Names 2013 Most Influential Women in Payments

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 28, 2013) - PaymentsSource today has honored 20 payments executives as the Most Influential Women in Payments. The women honored in this inaugural feature were selected by the editors of PaymentsSource as standouts for their significant achievements, exceptional leadership, and promotion of innovation in the payments industry.

PaymentsSource, a SourceMedia news analysis and information brand, will celebrate the accomplishments of these executives on April 9th at a luncheon and leadership panel that will be held during SourceMedia's 25th Annual Card Forum & Expo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida.

"Payments, as much as any part of financial services, is in a state of constant and rapid reinvention," said Daniel Wolfe, editor in chief of PaymentsSource. "The women on our list are leaders whose vision and dedication truly are driving that change.

"SourceMedia has a great tradition of recognizing the accomplishments and promoting the advancement of women in a broad range of financial services. When we set out to expand that tradition to payments, it quickly became clear that women hold incredible sway in just about every aspect of the payments business," Wolfe added.

The honorees represent a wide range of payments constituencies, including issuing banks, payments networks, merchant acquirers, and payments technology companies, among others.

For profiles of these executives and related content, please visit PaymentsSource.com/Women-in-Payments. Print subscribers to American Banker and attendees at Card Forum will receive a special print supplement with the April 8 issue of American Banker featuring The Most Powerful Women in Payments.

The 2013 Most Powerful Women in Payments are (in alphabetical order, with company):

  • Ann Cairns (MasterCard)
  • Ranjana Clark (PayPal/eBay)
  • Joyce Cook (International CyberTrans)
  • Donna Embry (Midwest Acquirers Association, Payment Alliance International)
  •  Janet Estep (NACHA)
  •  Kim Fitzsimmons (Cynergy Data)
  • Annmarie "Mimi" Hart (MagTek)
  • Lynn Heitman (U.S. Bancorp)
  • Julie Joseforsky (Fifth Third Bancorp)
  • Pamela Joseph (U.S. Bancorp)
  • Laura Kelly (American Express)
  • Deborah McWhinney (Citigroup)
  • Cynthia Murray (Bank of America)
  • Diane Offereins (Discover)
  • Barbara Pacheco (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)
  • Linda Perry (independent consultant)
  • Diane Reyes (HSBC)
  • Ginger Schmeltzer (Fiserv)
  • Jennifer Schulz (Visa)
  • Secil Watson (Wells Fargo)

SourceMedia's portfolio of honors and events for women include American Banker's prestigious Most Powerful Women in Banking annual ranking and gala; Traders Magazine's Wall Street Women awards; the Women Advisors Forum, a nationwide series of networking and educational events and an online community for wealth management professionals from SourceMedia's Investment Advisory Group; and the Freda Johnson Award, honoring trailblazing woman in public finance, presented at The Bond Buyer's annual Deal of the Year Gala. The common goal of these events is to honor women's achievements in traditionally male-dominated fields; to create communities of successful women that foster mentoring and professional development; and to highlight success through diversity in the financial services industry.

About PaymentsSource
PaymentsSource is the industry's leading independent content provider, delivering news and information, community resources, and tools and data to executives at banks, credit unions and merchants whose success depends on facilitating payments of all kinds. A SourceMedia brand, PaymentsSource provides subscribers with one central resource for all the payments news, trends and analysis they need to navigate the industry.

About American Banker
American Banker is the banking industry's daily source of information, news and analysis covering national and global issues, mortgages, consumer finance, legislation, investment products, card and payment systems and technology.

About SourceMedia
SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is a diversified business-to-business media company serving the financial industry and the related fields of professional services and technology. SourceMedia offers its clients and subscribers professional publications and online information services, industry-standard data applications, and in-depth seminars and conferences.