SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2016) - Spindle, Inc., (
Schwartz is a payments industry veteran with a 27 year proven track record of leadership and transformational capabilities focused on solution delivery. During his career Schwartz has held numerous executive roles where he was responsible for vision and strategy creation, creatively solving complex functional and technical problems, building high-performing teams, and managing and leveraging capital wisely. Schwartz's prior roles have leveraged his detailed knowledge and understanding of Credit Card processing, the Merchant Acquiring industry, Billing Solutions, Core Banking, High-Volume Transaction Processing, and High-Availability Systems. In addition, Schwartz has extensive international/multi-culture experience and is well-versed in all aspects of Information Technology and Operations Excellence.
Newly appointed Spindle Chairman of the Board, following Mr. Clark's resignation, Frank Knuettel II commented, "We are very pleased to have named Michael Schwartz as the Company's Interim CEO. I've personally worked with Michael in the past and his resume speaks for itself. It's extremely rare that a still small but growing company like Spindle is able to secure such a high caliber executive with such a well-documented track record of value creation in our exact space. We believe that in light of recent fundamental progress with our business, now was the opportune time to bring in an executive of Michael's caliber."
Knuettel concluded, "On behalf of the Company's Board of Directors, I want to thank out-going CEO Bill Clark for his long standing and unwavering commitment to the Company."
Prior to joining Spindle, Schwartz was Chief Technology Officer, International Group of Fiserv, a leading global provider of information management and electronic commerce systems for the financial services industry. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer, Biller Solutions of Fiserv.
From 2009 - 2012, Schwartz was Chief Operating Officer for IP Commerce. While there, he was responsible for products and delivery resulting in revenue growth of greater than 60x over a 30-month period. His efforts lead to 45x transaction growth over a 30-month period while improving overall system availability and reducing merchant impacts resulting from system and product-related issues. Early in his career, he was Senior VP, International Technology and Chief Technology Officer for TSYS Acquiring, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE traded TSS, a leading third-party card processor in North America and the number one third-party processor of non-domestic accounts.
He attended and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Michael J. Schwartz, Spindle Interim CEO commented, "I'm very excited at the opportunity to lead Spindle at what I believe to be a very opportunistic time. I've spent the majority of the last three decades, the majority of my professional career, in the payments space, and I look forward to using my experience, knowledge, and relationships to further build upon recent impressive momentum and accomplishments driven by my predecessor."
Schwartz continued, "As part of my hiring, it was imperative that my goals and the goals of our shareholders were properly aligned. It's for this reason that I have opted for a compensation package heavily laden in equity, as opposed to cash, as I strongly believe in Spindle's current and future strategy and capabilities. I look forward to working diligently towards creating shareholder value on our collective behalves."
Spindle is an innovator of unified commerce solutions for consumer-facing merchants of all sizes. It is focused on pioneering new ways for businesses to rapidly integrate mission critical business services, payment acceptance, and mobile marketing services-while empowering location-based merchant discovery, fulfillment and frictionless consumer engagement. Spindle is dedicated to offering cutting-edge solutions that surpass traditional boundaries and allow clients, partners, merchants and consumers to take full advantage of the rapidly emerging mobile economy. Spindle's extensive proprietary intellectual property portfolio-which includes patents pending-encompasses networks, mobile payments, and security. For more information, visit www.spindle.com.
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