Written by Scott Thompson
Phillip Dunkelberger is to become a non-executive director on the board of myPINPad, the first company aiming to deliver multi-channel and multi-factor authentication via the cardholder PIN on unsecured devices.
In 2013 Dunkelberger became CEO of Nok Nok Labs, a founding member of The FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium supported by Google, Intel, MasterCard, Microsoft, PayPal, Samsung and Visa. He was also the co-founder and CEO of PGP Corporation, which was acquired by Symantec in 2010, and previously ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ at Doll Capital Management, as well as CEO of Embark and COO of Vantive Corporation.
myPINpad executive chairman and CEO, Philip King, said: “We are delighted to welcome Phil to the board of myPINpad – his relationships, knowledge and expertise in security, identity management and authentication will assist us in driving our vision forward. We are working on continuing to strengthen our board of directors from a technology development, sales, payments and financial services perspective.”
Omnichannel solution provider iVend Retail has announced the appointment of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) ex-head of technology, Raouf Balabaki, as its European channel services director, and Simon Bohr, previously of Molton Brown, as technical director.
“Combining big brand expertise and experience working with some of the largest international retailers, Raouf is well placed to drive our channel services offer forward, while Simon’s in-depth technological skill-set will underpin our strategy for innovation as we grow in Europe,” says Richard Kolodynski, senior vice president European operations at iVend Retail. "We have built our team around technology experts with backgrounds working in-house for major brands and retailers in order to deliver value to our clients at every stage.”
Ian Caminsky is the new CEO at parcel locker service, InPost UK. He was most recently at Tesco where, as director of partnerships and business development, he launched a third party retailer marketplace on Tesco Direct and managed the development of the grocery giant's partners programme. Prior to that, Caminsky acted as head of business development at Google where he spearheaded the company’s business in Canada.
InPost has also enlisted the support of David Spottiswood, former director of global operations at DHL Express, as its non-executive chairman. A new InPost Advisory Council will also be comprised of: Peter Somers, former executive committee member for bpost; Neil Sachdev, non-executive director, intu and former property director at both Sainsbury’s and Tesco; Peter Williams, chairman at boohoo.com and former non-executive director of ASOS; and John Acton, managing partner of DPI Europe and former executive vice president and board member of the DPD Group.
Caminsky says: “InPost is at a very exciting time in its development in the UK as both the retail and delivery industries look to innovative technology to ease growing customer demand for convenience. As such, I am looking forward to working alongside the InPost Advisory Council to cement and grow its position as a revolutionary e-commerce solution.”
Mobile commerce outfit Proxama has confirmed that John Kennedy will be interim CEO, alongside his role as CFO, until a successor is found for Neil Garner who announced his intention to step down from the CEO role in May. Garner will remain on the Board and will lead the strategic development of new technologies, products and partnerships.
David Bailey, chairman at Proxama, says: “As a Board we are very pleased that John has stepped in to take on the CEO role during what is a very important period for the company when both the proximity marketing and payment divisions are securing new commercial contracts. John and the executive team have had a positive influence on the business since the turn of the year, particularly in driving the process of integration and commercialisation of our products across the business. John’s appointment is a natural extension of the activity he has already been undertaking. Neil has been the inspiration behind the business and we are fortunate, that he has been instrumental in making these management changes for the greater good of the company and that he will continue to play a key role in the future development of the business.”
The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has appointed Ruth Evans as the chair of the Payments Strategy Forum, which will bring together the payments industry and representatives of all those that use payment systems (banks and other large financial firms, consumers, small and medium sized businesses, technology providers, and many more) to work in partnership and drive collaborative innovation in the sector.
Evans, currently chair of The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), the independent co-regulator for the editorial content of UK video on demand services, says: “The world of payments is at a critical juncture. There are lots of good examples of innovation that have already made our day to day lives easier - but equally, consumers could receive a better deal if industry acts together to promote their interests. The Forum will establish which areas require collective action on innovation, then develop and agree strategies to take them forward and bring to market. It’s a big ask, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Deputy Editor Michelle Stevens highlights the upcoming Payments Conference hosted by Retail Systems and FStech