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Reetika is responsible for SVB’s payments strategy and development as well as working collaboratively with clients and partners to help deliver their solutions to market. She has been recognized by PaymentsSource as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Payments for the past three years and currently serves on Electronic Transaction Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to SVB, Reetika held senior positions at JPMorgan Chase, Clairmail (acquired by Monitise), Wells Fargo, and Sapient.
Philip leads initiatives across First Data’s Business Development and Ventures efforts. Prior to joining First Data, he worked at Morgan Stanley on the firm’s private equity funds. Philip holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.
Sophie is a senior payments strategist at Silicon Valley Bank. Sophie previously worked across Australia and Hong Kong as a banking and finance attorney, specializing in financial regulation and financial services M&A.
Joe is responsible for managing initiatives across a range of functional areas including Corporate & Business Development and M&A activity. Prior to joining First Data, he worked in the music industry which involved tenures at various recording studios. Joe holds an MS in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Sam is responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives on behalf of First Data’s Management Committee, focused on delivering innovative technology solutions for clients. Prior to First Data, Sam worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. analyzing real estate acquisition and development opportunities for the firm.
Experts from Silicon Valley Bank and First Data that provide first-hand knowledge across a diverse range of operational areas.
Basil Abifaker is Head of Product for Gift Solutions and joined First Data as part of the Transaction Wireless (TWI) acquisition in June 2015. Basil is using his entrepreneurial vision and technical background to help transform the traditional Gift Solutions processing business to a new digital distribution and marketing business. Basil holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
Chris is Chief Information Officer at First Data, leading the company’s software development, engineering, enterprise architecture, and data management. He is an integral part of accelerating strategic innovation, and transforming how First Data leverages technology to help clients grow their business. Chris is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and the New York University Stern School of Business.
Denny is the Fintech Sector Head for SVB. He partners closely with investors and companies in the fintech ecosystem to increase their probability of success.
Annette is the Director, Brand, at Silicon Valley Bank and is responsible for the development and distribution of the story of innovation only SVB can tell. She is part of a team of marketing leaders who are an essential part of SVB’s growth engine and play a vital role in strengthening SVB’s reputation in the marketplace, globally. Annette is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Chris leads strategic payment initiatives across SVB and partners with start-ups and growth companies in the payments and commerce space to help them develop and optimize payment solutions.
EJ Jackson is SVP & GM of Security and Fraud Solutions at First Data. Jackson has spent more than two decades in leadership, product strategy, business development, marketing, and sales for VC-backed and large enterprise software companies. He comes to First Data from SAP, where he served as SVP and GM of SAP Anywhere. Prior to his role at SAP, EJ was the President and Founder of Provade Inc., a leading VMS SaaS provider in the market.
Jim manages SVB’s relationships with Silicon Valley based VC firms focused on seed stage investing. Part of Jim’s role at SVB is also working with and connecting entrepreneurs to various resources within the SVB platform.
Peggy and her company help FinTech and payments companies develop strategies, build brand, enhance communication, promote products and services, and improve lead generation capabilities to grow revenue. She is a sought-after conference speaker, frequent guest columnist for popular payments publication The Green Sheet, serves on the sales and strategy committee and technology council for the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) and the ATM Industry Association’s (ATMIA) international marketing committee, and is a past board member of Women’s Network in electronic Transactions (Wnet). Prior to founding Strategic Marketing, Peggy was vice president of marketing and communication for TSYS and Vital Processing Services.
Laura works with clients in the payments space focusing on BSA/AML compliance requirements. She has worked in risk management for the past 11 years and has held positions in internal audit, fraud detection and prevention, and AML/BSA compliance and investigations
Jack Stephenson heads strategy, partnerships, and client solutions in digital commerce and mobile payments. With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate strategy, innovation, business intelligence, and mobile commerce, Jack co-founded and led McKinsey’s Payments Practice, serving banks, credit card companies, processors, telecom operators and technology companies. Prior to joining First Data he led mobile and payments innovation for PayPal and JPMorgan Chase. Jack is a recognized expert in payments, and has been a frequent speaker and author on topics related to digital commerce.
Brian is a partner at Stratis Advisory, a firm that specializes in connecting the dots between startups, banks, and investors by integrating deep regulatory risk domain expertise. He is a recognized risk management expert with more than 15 years of experience in providing startups through Fortune 500 companies with strategy intelligence, advisory services, governance, and witness testimony. At Stratis, Brian manages an international portfolio of FinTech startups, financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and entertainment companies.
Christopher Foskett is Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate & Business Development and Co-Head of Global Financial Solutions at First Data. He reports directly to Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano and is also a member of First Data’s Management Committee. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of Verisk Analytics (VRSK), an NASD firm with over $10 billion in market capitalization, and is the company’s chairman of the audit committee and serves on the finance committee.
John is the head of technology banking for Silicon Valley Bank where he is focused on delivering best-fit solutions, insights and connections for the bank’s technology and innovation clients and the groups that support them. John is constantly – and enthusiastically – making connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers.
John is a member of the advisory board of DEMO and ASTIA and serves on the boards of BUILD and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.