ACI Worldwide makes executive appointments

Source: ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide (Nasdaq: ACIW), a leading international provider of electronic payment software and solutions, today announced a number of key appointments across the business to give it the strongest possible structure to take advantage of growth opportunities in the industry.

These appointments include: chief product officer, vice president global risk solutions, vice president for strategy and planning in EMEA, vice presidents of services in EMEA and Asia Pacific, and vice president of operations for Asia Pacific.

The role of chief product officer has been filled by Louis Blatt, Ph.D., who joins ACI Worldwide from CA. He brings nearly 25 years' experience in the technology industry helping software companies to develop winning strategies, efficiently bring successful product lines to market, and successfully grow market share. Louis will focus on ensuring ACI delivers the right products to the right markets at the right time.

The new vice president for global risk solutions is David Nussenbaum who will report directly to Louis and will manage ACI's risk management product line. David, who has 16 years' experience in the fraud and compliance industry, joins ACI from TransUnion where he set strategy, and managed the design and development of fraud and identity management solutions.

Bernard Delahaye joins as vice president for strategy and planning in EMEA. Following executive management roles at BIS, VeriFone and First Data, he brings 24 years' expertise in expanding global activities of financial technology companies providing banking systems and payment infrastructure to the financial services and retail sectors.

The new vice president of services for EMEA is Mike Pottinger, who previously held the role of services director for Europe at i2 Technologies Inc, where he worked for ten years. He has extensive experience in project management, delivery management and services management, and will focus on helping ACI to further develop its services capabilities across the region.

In Asia Pacific, the vice president of services is James Campbell-Grant, who joins from IBM where he was the Asia Pacific and Japan ECM services lead. Previously he has worked at FileNet Inc, EMC, Documentum and Unisys, following fifteen years in both operations and IT at Barclays Bank Plc, giving him experience working with financial services organisations and ensuring they receive the service they need.

John Northwood has taken on the role of vice president of operations for Asia Pacific with responsibilities for strategic development and operations. He joins ACI from CSC with 20 years in IT services, and the past ten years in Asia heading regional business development, operations and finance. Both John and James have extensive experience working in Asia Pacific, and understand the needs of multi-cultural businesses in the region.

Ron Totaro, chief operating officer at ACI Worldwide said, "The extensive experience of these individuals, plus their understanding of our market, will strengthen the executive team at ACI. Their combined skills and knowledge will enhance our ability to provide innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs for productivity improvements in their payments operations."

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