Authors on Payments Leader

Bob Legters
Chief Product Officer
FIS Payments

For the past two decades, Bob has focused on products and services support for clients. He has spent 17 of those years in a leadership role with groups ranging from 5 to 200 employees. Bob’s unique experience allows him to efficiently operate at a level that exceeds the normal executive role of understanding and recognizing client and consumer needs in the payments space.
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Trevor Mast
Senior Vice President Financial Services Products
FIS Payments

Trevor’s expertise in product management, sales and client service; as well as team leadership; sets him apart from his peers and allows him to provide executive-level guidance to his teams and with his colleagues. At FIS, Trevor provides executive oversight of the credit, debit, ATM, software, and fraud prevention product portfolio.
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Brian O’Neill
FIS | Chief Client Officer, IFS

Brian’s extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations and client relations make him uniquely adept to face the challenges that face today’s financial industry. In addition to his other roles, Brian has played key executive leadership roles in healthcare and in the consumer packaged goods space, helping him to gain a broad business perspective.
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Bruce Lowthers
FIS | Chief Operating Officer, IFS

Beginning his career as a certified public accountant, Bruce Lowthers now serves as chief operating officer of the IFS segment at FIS. Under Bruce’s leadership, this team is responsible for developing and delivering banking, wealth, payments and treasury offerings for financial institutions, retail, government and corporate clients, primarily in North America. Additionally, he is responsible for solution strategy, development, sales, market engagement, client delivery and support.
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Jim Johnson
FIS | Head of Financial Institution Payments

Jim is a results-driven executive with 21 years of experience at FIS, successfully leading businesses and serving his client’s needs in the financial, retail, government and insurance sectors. He oversees Business Operations, Information Technology, Development, Project Management and Implementations for Financial Institution Payments. Jim is heavily focused on implementing strategic planning and execution, focusing on talent and teamwork, and relying on metrics to measure success.
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Serena Smith
FIS | Division Executive, International Payments

Serena is a skilled relationship-builder with a proven track record of creating “moments of excellence.” While previously serving as Chief Client Officer, she drove FIS’ clients’ loyalty survey scores to the highest point in company history. With more than two decades of experience in the financial industry, she serves more than 50,000 clients and specializes in customer acquisition, retention and profitability.
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Bastian Knoppers
Senior Vice President
FIS Payments

Since the founding of Cardpro Services Inc, Bastian has served as a leader in the card production business for over 20 years. Acquired by Metavante and, subsequently, FIS, Bastian has remained business leader of the CardPro™ division. Serving over 5,000 clients, FIS is a top three U.S. EMV chip card personalization provider.
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Maria Schuld
Group Executive
FIS Payments

With over 20 years of experience in the financial and payments industry, Maria is the Group Executive for debit, credit, fraud operations and business management. Previously, she was a senior management team member for Metavante before its 2009 acquisition by FIS. Other areas of expertise include implementation management, account management, and professional services management.
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Dan Brames
FIS | Head of Retail and Corporate Payments

Dan brings over 20 years of financial and payments industry experience to FIS through senior marketing and management roles. Most recently, he was a management team member at Valutec which was acquired by Metavante in 2007 and FIS in 2009.
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Esther Pigg
Senior Vice President
FIS Payments

Esther leads the Product Strategy team for the FIS Payments division that spans debit, prepaid, credit card, merchant, network and loyalty programs. With extensive experience across the banking and payments technology industry, Esther focuses her team on developing long term product strategy for U.S. and international FIS payments products to effectively engage the markets FIS serves.
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Kris Carrera
Business Line Executive, Credit
FIS Payments

With over 25 years of international payments experience, Kris was responsible for the launch of the first successful cobranded card program. A leader in risk-based pricing and target marketing using predictive data analytics, she specializes in merchant services, credit cards and home equity. Kris has received Best Travel Card, Best Cobranded Card and Best Private-Label Program awards.
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David Johnson (DJ)
Senior Vice President
FIS Payments

DJ is the Product Division Lead over Loyalty, Prepaid, EBT – Government and Merchant Products.  DJ joined FIS in 2007 and has over 20 years of payment industry experience with roles in product development, strategy, consulting and business development.  Before FIS, DJ managed Online Banking and Bill Pay for a Top 15 US bank.

DJ earned his MBA from Emory University and a degree in Finance from the University of Florida.
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Dan Peacock
Vice President of Product Strategy
FIS Payments

Dan’s a member of FIS’ Payments Product Strategy team and focuses on developing the long-term strategy for U.S. retail payment products. His background spans 19 years in financial services leading co-brand credit card programs in the retail, travel and loyalty sectors, as well as issuer-branded consumer and business card programs.
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Naveen Nukala
General Manager- Government Solutions/EBT, IFS

Naveen Nukala brings over 20 years of financial and payments industry experience to FIS through product development, implementations, operations and management roles of which most of the experience in the area of Government Benefits (EBT – SNAP, WIC, TANF, Child Care). Currently, he is responsible for Government line of business at FIS.
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Dondi Black
FIS | Vice President of Payment Strategy

Dondi brings creativity and more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to the FIS Payment Strategy team. Dondi leverages her experience in product development, portfolio management and community development to develop long term product strategies for the marketplace served by FIS. Dondi is also a passionate advocate for financial inclusion, diversity and promoting awareness on the positive impact financial service providers have on the communities they serve. To read articles written by Dondi Black, click here.

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Ernie Buday
FIS | Vice President, Product Strategy

Ernie drives growth initiatives that accelerate adoption and revenue for the FIS’ Emerging Commerce solutions, including Loyalty and Prepaid. With over 20 years of financial technology experience, Ernie joins FIS from Worldpay in Atlanta where he led brand and product marketing for their US business. Focused on optimizing their digital strategy, he launched the company’s new omni-channel payments product and new merchant onboarding experience. To read articles written by Ernie Buday, click here.

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Jennifer Gardner
FIS | Senior Vice President, Credit/Debit/Fraud

Jennifer is the Product division lead over Credit, Debit and Fraud products. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, she has held previous roles in accounting, finance, marketing and product management. She relishes in the energy provided by creatively approaching problem solving for clients and consumers and removing complexity to achieve speed to market. To read articles written by Jennifer Gardner, click here.

Mladen Vladic
FIS | General Manager, Loyalty Services

Mladen Vladic has more than 15 years of experience in the Loyalty and Payment Card Industry. He has managed and headed both the Product Strategy and Operations organizations that support over 4,500 financial institutions and retailers. Mladen is responsible for developing and implementing loyalty solutions for multidimensional complex operational problems at FIS. To read articles written by Mladen Vladic, click here.

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Sandra Blair
FIS | Vice President Product Strategy

Sandra Blair has over 25 years of operational and consulting experience in Financial Services. She specializes in leading teams that provide technology solutions to the largest companies in the Fortune 500. Her experience spans the financial technology industry– primarily electronic payment processing and banking — with extensive experience in developing systems, call centers, and back-office operations for a number of industries. To read articles written by Sandra Blair, click here.

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Leah Middlebrook
FIS | Vice President Business Development, International Payments

Leah Middlebrook is VP of Business Development for International Payments responsible for global market strategy with a focus on identifying future payments trends, FIS’ Payments Innovation Labs in Brazil, India and Thailand, partnership development and strategic opportunities across FIS’ global footprint. She joined FIS in 2003 and has over 25 years in the financial services and payments industry. In 2017, Leah was part of the award-winning CAO team receiving Gold for Women in Business Awards Management Team of the Year and Women in Payments USA Team of the Year. Leah leads the FIS Women in Payments Leadership Mentor Program team. To read articles by Leah Middlebrook, click here.

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Sri Kothur
FIS | Line of Business Executive, Merchant Services

Sri Kothur is VP of Line of Business Executive for Merchant Services at FIS and has a strong background in p&l management, product management,corporate development, integration, risk management and mitigation, entrepreneurship, accounting and sales. To read articles by Sri Kothur, click here.

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Bruce Jennings
FIS | Payments Product Director, GFS division

Bruce Jennings is currently Payments Product Director at FIS’ GFS division where he is responsible for Payments propositions in our Global markets. He has extensive knowledge in Fintech market having worked in the sector for 20+ years as consultant, client and solution provider.  Prior to FIS he held a number of senior positions at National Australia Group Europe where he oversaw IT and Business Transformation. Bruce also had a successful consulting career with Accenture and KPMG focusing on technology enabled change working with a range of Financial Institutions to help drive value from IT investment. To read articles by Bruce Jennings, click here.

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Jerry Uffner
FIS | General Manager, Line of Business Executive Prepaid

Jerry Uffner is a prepaid card industry pioneer with vast knowledge, experience and contacts in the FinTech, prepaid card, gift, electronic payments and financial services industries. To read articles by Jerry Uffner, click here.

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Barbara Morgan
FIS |Head Of Development, Division Executive 

Barbara Morgan is an accomplished information technology executive leader skilled in delivering complex solutions and driving organizational change. To read articles by Barbara Morgan, click here.

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Mike Kresse
FIS |Division Executive – Money Movement & Lending

Mike Kresse is a proven senior executive, responsible for driving both the overall business and strategic direction of FIS Money Movement & Lending Solutions including Retail & Commercial Credit Solutions, Bill Pay, P2P/Zelle, Integrated Payables, Invoice to Pay, ACH & RTP. To read articles by Mike Kresse, click here.

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Bob Woodbury
FIS | SVP and Division Executive, Payment Networks and Loyalty Solutions at FIS

Bob Woodbury is a Senior Vice President, responsible for coordinating payment networks and developing loyalty solutions. To read articles by Bob Woodbury, click here.

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