On the 20th May 2011, the PCI Council announced its new Board of Advisors. More than 600 Participating Organisations elected the Board of Advisors. Participating organisations include merchants, financial institutions and processors from around the world.

The 2011-2013 PCI Board of Advisors will provide strategic and technical guidance to the PCI Security Standards Council that reflects the varied and unique industry perspectives of those across the payment chain. In addition to advising on standards development, the Board of Advisors plays a critical role in soliciting feedback and ideas, leading Special Interest Groups (SIGs); and helping the Council fulfil its mission to raise awareness and the adoption of the PCI Standards.

More than 76 organisations from across the payment industry were nominated for their direct experience and leadership in the field. The 21 seats were distributed within the categories of:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Merchants; Processors
  • Vendors,
  • Others (Industry Associations, etc)

 The new Board of Advisors is comprised of representatives from the following organisations:

  1. Barclaycard
  2. British Airways
  3. Cartes Bancaires
  4. Cielo
  5. Cisco
  6. Citi
  7. Disney
  8. European Payments Council
  9. First Data Corporation
  10. Heartland Payment Systems
  11. Ingenico
  12. International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  13. JPMorgan Chase & Co
  14. McDonald’s, PayPal
  15. RSA
  16. Tesco Stores Limited
  17. TSYS
  18. VeriFone Systems
  19. Wal Mart Stores
  20. Woolworth’s

“Industry participation is crucial to our work here at the Council. I am ecstatic to see the record number of people who were involved in this year’s election process and the breadth of experiences and perspectives that this new Board represents,” said Bob Russo, general manager, PCI Security Standards Council.

“As we continue to strengthen the standards and their adoption globally, this group will play a leading role in the protection of cardholder data against security threats worldwide.

“I am thrilled about the increase in European representation on the Board this term. It is a testimony to the excellent work and collaboration that is taking place in Europe to drive payment security forward,” said Jeremy King, European regional director, PCI Security Standards Council. “With their input, I’m confident that we can continue to make great strides in engaging European stakeholders in this important global initiative.”

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