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Friday, 04 July 2014 09:14
New chair for Mobey Forum
Caixa m-payments boss appointed

Mobey Forum, the bank industry mobile financial services association, has elected Caixa Bank’s head of m-payments Jordi Guaus to serve as chair of its board.

He has served on the Mobey Forum Board of Directors since 2009 and is also chair of the association's business workgroup, which works to create a common understanding of business opportunities, trends and challenges within the mobile financial services (MFS) landscape. The group is currently working on the impact of host card emulation (HCE) for banks.

Mobey Forum executive director Sirpa Nordlund commented: "Within his role at CaixaBank, Jordi is responsible for developing mobile payment services. He also project managed Mobile Shopping Sitges, which was the first NFC trial in Spain. Jordi's experience in mobile financial services, combined with CaixaBank's reputation as a driving force in the mobile payments evolution, means he is perfectly positioned to steer the direction of Mobey Forum."

In addition to Guaus, three new members were also elected to the Mobey Forum Board:
• Kevin Faragher, director, mobile banking strategy and planning, CIBC eChannels
• Oriol Pons, innovation strategist, BeeOne (the digital innovation enterprise of Erste Group Bank)
• Andreas Schauer, senior manager secure devices division, Giesecke & Devrient

Kevin Faragher will also lead the association's North American activities in his newly appointed role as chair of Mobey Forum's North American roundtable.

"I believe 2014 will be a landmark year for banks taking a lead in money management," said Guaus. "Already we have seen a number of developments in the mobile money industry, most notably the discussions around HCE as a route to market for bank-led mobile payment solutions. This is a key topic for Mobey Forum over the next 12 months and is an area we are already addressing within the Business Workgroup."
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