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Payments Council

The Smart Card Alliance Payments Council focuses on facilitating the adoption of chip-enabled payments and payment applications in the U.S. through education programs for consumers, merchants, issuers, acquirers/processors, government regulators, mobile telecommunications providers and payments service providers. The group is bringing together payments industry stakeholders, including payments industry leaders, merchants and suppliers, and is working on projects related to implementing EMV, contactless payments, NFC-enabled payments and applications, mobile payments, and chip-enabled e-commerce. The Council’s primary goal is to inform and educate the market about the value of chip-enabled payments in improving the security of the payments infrastructure and in enhancing the value of payments and payment-related applications for industry stakeholders.

The Payments Council’s projects include web seminars and conference workshops, as well as research projects, white papers, case studies and other educational resources.

Payments Council Resources


Mobile / NFC

Contactless Payments

U.S. Payments Industry


Council Management

The Council is managed by a steering committee composed of a cross section of the financial payments industry and smart chip technology vendors. Council officers are:

  • Co-chairs: Jack Jania, Gemalto, and Oliver Manahan, MasterCard
  • Vice chair: Troy Bernard, Discover Financial Services
  • Secretary: Deborah Baxley, Capgemini

Current steering committee members are:

  • Philip Andreae, Oberthur Technologies
  • Deborah Baxley, Capgemini
  • Mary Blair, Accenture
  • Deana Cook, Chase Card Services
  • Jose Correa, NXP Semiconductors
  • Troy Bernard, Discover Financial Services
  • Terry Dooley, SHAZAM
  • Michael English, Heartland Payment Systems
  • Greg Garback, WMATA
  • Simon Hurry, Visa, Inc.
  • Jack Jania, Gemalto
  • Bastian Knoppers, FIS
  • Paul Legacki, Infineon Technologies
  • Oliver Manahan, MasterCard Worldwide
  • Nick Pisarev, G&D
  • JC Raynon, VeriFone Systems
  • John Smith, First Data Corporation
  • TBD, American Express

Council Membership

The Payments Council is one of several Smart Card Alliance Technology and Industry Councils, a new type of focused group within the overall structure of the Alliance. Council participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

The Smart Card Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.

Merchants and issuers are invited to participate in the Council’s Merchant and Issuer Advisory Groups.

Smart Card Alliance members who are active in the Payments Council include:

  • ABnote Group
  • Accenture LLP
  • American Express
  • Apriva
  • Bell Identification B.V.
  • Blackboard Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capgemini USA Inc.
  • Capital One
  • Chase Card Services
  • Clear2Pay
  • CorFire
  • CPI Card Group
  • CSC
  • Cubic Transportation Systems Inc.
  • Datacard Group
  • DeviceFidelity, Inc.
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Double Diamond Group
  • Exponent, Inc.
  • First Data Corporation
  • FIS
  • Fiserv
  • Gemalto
  • Giesecke & Devrient
  • Heartland Payment Systems
  • HP Enterprise Services
  • Identive
  • InComm
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Ingenico, North America
  • INSIDE Secure
  • Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation
  • JCB International Credit Card Co., Ltd.
  • Lenel Systems International
  • LTK Engineering Services
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Morpho
  • MTA New York City Transit
  • Multos International
  • NACHA – The Electronic Payment Association
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • OTI America
  • Quadagno & Associates
  • Ready Credit Corporation
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Thales
  • TSYS
  • Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
  • United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  • Unwire US, Inc.
  • Valid USA
  • Vantiv
  • VeriFone
  • Visa, Inc.
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xerox

For more information about the Payments Council or for more information on becoming a member of the Alliance, please contact the Alliance office via email at or via telephone at (800) 556-6828.


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