IPayment ("iPayment") today announced the hiring of Mark C. Monaco as Chief Financial Officer, effective today.
Mr. Monaco brings more than 20 years of financial experience to iPayment, as well as direct experience in the payment industry. He succeeds Clay M. Whitson, iPayment's previous CFO and Treasurer, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests and who is assisting in the transition of responsibilities.
Mr. Monaco most recently served as Head of Principal Investments at Brooklyn NY Holdings, LLC, the investment organization of the Alfred Lerner Family. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Monaco was a Managing Director at Windward Capital Management, LLC, a middle market private equity firm focused on financial and business services investments. During his tenure at Windward, Mr. Monaco served as Chairman of Retriever Payment Systems, Inc., a merchant acquiring organization, from 2000 to 2004, when it was acquired by National Processing Company. Prior to joining Windward Capital, Mr. Monaco was at Credit Suisse First Boston, serving as the Director of Finance and Corporate Development after several years in the financial institutions group with the firm's investment banking department. Mr. Monaco earned his MBA in finance from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton Graduate School of Business, and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Commenting on the announcement, Carl A. Grimstad, President of iPayment, said, "We welcome Mark to iPayment, and we are pleased to be adding a person of his talent and experience to our management team. We are confident of his ability to create additional value for our company, and we look forward to working closely with him. We also thank Clay Whitson for his many contributions to the success of iPayment during his eight years as CFO of the company. We wish him every success in his future endeavors."