Chairman of the Board, Secure Technology Alliance Board of Directors
Jack Jania, Chairman, Secure Technology Alliance
Jack Jania is Vice President of Product Management and Innovation at CPI Group. He consults with the financial industry on best business strategies to employ mobile payment, smart card payment and data security solutions. In addition to supporting CPI’s innovation and security objectives, Jack is committed to consumer education and digital security advocacy. In addition to his position as co-chair of the Alliance, Jack has chaired the Payments Council for several years.
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Jason Bohrer has served as the Executive Director for the Secure Technology Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum since December 2020. Prior to joining the Alliance and the Forum, Mr. Bohrer cultivated a successful 27-year career in domestic and global roles focused on sales, operations and product innovation at companies such as: CPI Card Group, HID Global and Motorola, Inc. He has been actively involved with several key technology transitions across multiple industries including the contact and contactless EMV transitions in the U.S. payments industry and the adoption of smart card and mobile technologies in the global access and identity market. He has a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and was also an inaugural member of the University of Chicago Executive Institute.
Board of Directors
- Chairman: Jack Jania, CPI Card Group
- Treasurer: Brent Bowen, G&D Mobile Security
- Assistant Treasurer: David Dekozan, Cubic Transportation Systems
- Secretary: Megan Heinze, IDEMIA
- Assistant Secretary: Elinor Smith, Discover Financial Services
- Technology Vice Chair: Thomas Lockwood, NextgenID
Reena Abraham, Gemalto
Ryan Ahern, Ingenico
Tim Baldridge, U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Manpower Data Center
Brent Bowen, Giesecke+Devrient
Brent Bowen is a Senior Vice President managing the payments business for G+D ePayments America, Inc in North America. Brent believes in the importance of the sustainable transformation for the card industry. An industry professional with over 36 years payment experience, Brent has both issuing, acquiring, technology and digital payments experience. Brent has a BS in Decision Sciences from Indiana University.
Soumya Chakrabarty, JCB International
Soumya Chakrabarty is the Head of Emerging Technologies and New Products for JCB International which is responsible for developing and implementing innovative payment solutions.
Soumya is an experienced Global Technology Innovator & Emerging Products Leader with a 20 year track record of launching and scaling new payment processing technologies. He began his journey as a technology consultant with Capgemini and then continued his journey as an emerging products leader as the Head of Innovation at Discover Global Network. He has been a leader in the industry in the development and deployment of key payment technologies such as EMV, contactless and mobile payments.
David Dekozan, Cubic Transportation Systems
David is Vice President, Business Development at Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. In that role he works proactively with transit authorities to develop fare system and mobility growth initiatives throughout the western United States and Latin America. Over more than 30 years, David has held a range of management positions at Cubic, having at various times, led marketing, proposal development, research and development, and strategic planning. He has been at the forefront of the company’s contactless and mobile initiatives representing Cubic on various industry standardization and trade groups. David also sits on the board of two non-profits the Secure Technology Alliance and Circulate San Diego. David holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.
Megan Heinze, IDEMIA
Megan Heinze is President of IDEMIA’s Payment Services Business Unit. Leveraging her experience in banking, technology and payments, Megan is responsible for growing IDEMIA’s business within the Payment Ecosystem and Financial Institutions. As President, she manages the P&L and directs the identification and implementation of projects that deliver innovation, efficiency, and profit.
A veteran of more than 25 years in the banking and finance sectors, Megan is known as a thought leader and advocate for breakthrough ideas. Prior to joining IDEMIA, she held senior management positions with several of the country’s largest banking and processing institutions, and led programs in sales and marketing, enterprise transformation, and business strategy.
Since she joined IDEMIA in 2017, Megan has been championing the transition from the physical world of payment cards and identification to the digital world, which includes the use of biometrics for payments, physical and logical access control, digital payment provisioning, digital identity and tokenization. She has appeared on the stage at Money 2020 USA, and has spoken at influential venues such as ETA TRANSACT, Fintech South, Smart Cities Barcelona and the Payments Summit. Beyond speaking, she has been published and quoted in articles regarding Banking, Cards, Fintechs and Biometrics In 2020, she co-launched Women in IDEMIA Network (WIN), an employee resource group, to foster diversity, provide leadership training, develop mentorship programs and motivate all colleagues to take charge of their futures. Megan is an active Executive Board Member of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as well as Secretary & Board Member of the Secure Technology Alliance. In 2022 and 2023, she has been the co-host for the Georgia Technology Summit, which is the largest technology leader event in Georgia.
Megan holds a BA from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Simon Hurry, Visa Inc.
Simon Hurry is a Vice President at Visa Inc., responsible for U.S. contactless and contact chip card programs and leading Visa’s contactless rollout in the USA. Simon has over 22 years of experience in the payments industry with a specialized focus on smart card and contactless payments.
Prior to joining Visa, Simon architected smart card clearing and settlement systems at Nedcor Bank in South Africa. He is an active member of the U.S. Payments Forum steering committee and serves on the board of the Secure Technology Alliance.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Pretoria.
Preeti Kanwal, American Express
Preeti Kanwal is a Director of Industry Engagement at American Express. In this role, she leads the strategy and engagement for industry bodies such as the STA, USPF and Payment Card Industry (PCI).
Preeti joined American Express in 2008 and has led across large/complex platforms and business solutions across a variety of lines of businesses, such as technology, fraud, risk, and global commercial services. Prior to this time, she held various positions surrounding technology and security within the Canadian Federal government in agencies such as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Preeti holds multiple degrees from the University of Toronto and Charter Oak State College, as well as a Master’s Degree in Management and Cybersecurity from Webster University.
Thomas Lockwood, NextgenID, Inc.
Arnaud Moser, Infineon Technologies
Arnaud Moser is the Senior Director of Marketing for Digital Security and Identity at Infineon Technologies, responsible for managing Infineon’s security chips business and strategy (Payment, Identity, IoT and Device Authentication) in America. Prior to this, Arnaud held General Management, Marketing and Sales leadership roles at Bourns, Volterra, Infineon and NXP. Arnaud holds a degree in Physics and a MSEE from University of Paris Sorbonne.
Brin Owen, Jacobs CH2M
Elinor Smith, Discover Financial Services
Ellie Smith is a 23-year payments industry veteran who has been with Discover since 2011. Her current role is Global Head of Digital Acceptance, where she is responsible for maximizing strategic partnerships with digital payment enablers across eCommerce, In-App, and in-store payment channels. Previously, as Global Head of Discover’s Global Chip Center of Excellence, Ellie led a team in charge of developing and deploying contact and contactless EMV technology worldwide.
Ellie is active in the payments industry, having represented Discover on the EMVCo Executive Committee, the US Payments Forum (USPF) Steering Committee, the Secure Technology Alliance Board of Directors, and the Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council.
Prior to joining Discover, Ellie held several payments consulting roles, and worked for nearly 10 years at American Express, where she spent significant time focused on emerging payments and on commercial card.
Ellie has lived in several states across the midwestern US, but now calls Phoenix, Arizona home. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and going to brunch!
Seckin Yilgoren, Mastercard
Seckin Yilgoren is the Senior Vice President of Cyber & Intelligence Solutions at Mastercard. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of Cyber & Intelligence products and services, addressing fraud, cyber security, identity, crypto, account and network solutions for Mastercard’s North American Markets. Prior to this, he led the development of global and regional commercialization strategies for Mastercard’s Global Identity Solutions.
From 2015-2018, Seckin led Mastercard’s Digital Payments & Labs’ product specialist team covering North American Markets, where he was responsible for advancing Mastercard’s digital products and services priorities for the region.
Seckin joined Mastercard’s High Growth & Central European Markets team in 2010, relocating to Mastercard’s North American HQ in Purchase in 2014. Prior to Mastercard, he spent several years as a management consultant in a number of international markets, focused on financial institutions, telecommunication and retail industries. He holds an Economics degree from Pierre Mendes University in Grenoble, France and an MBA from University of Illinois, USA.
Mike Yu, Director Business Development, UnionPay International
Mike Yu is Director Business Development at UnionPay International. Before joining UnionPay International, Yu had been in the banking and payment industry for 16 years and worked most of of his payment industry years on the acquiring side.
At UnionPay, his primary responsibilities are relationship management with financial institutions, acquirers/processors, and ISV and POS companies. Yu represents Unionpay International within U.S Payments Forum and other organizations. Interestingly, Yu is trilingual and speaks English, Korean, and Chinese.
Devon Rohrer, Managing Director, U.S. Payments Forum and Associate Director, Secure Technology Alliance
Devon Rohrer is Managing Director for the U.S. Payments Forum and Associate Director for the Secure Technology Alliance. In these roles, she provides overall management for the U.S. Payments Forum activities, including events, Steering Committee projects, working committees and deliverables, and provides support for Board strategic programs. Devon has over 20 years of experience in association management, including consulting engagements or positions with GlobalPlatform, EMVCo, California ISO and Intermountain Health Care.
Deb Ferril, Director of Membership & Marketing, Managing Director of Identity & Access Forum
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Debra (Deb) Ferril has served as Director of Membership and Marketing for the Secure Technology Alliance since June 1, 2021 and Managing Director of the Identity & Access Forum since January 2023. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Ferril built a successful 40-year career in sales, product management, marketing, and operations. Beginning in the computer industry with secure communication systems, the past 30 years she has been involved in the card, identification, and security industries at IdentiSys and Datacard. With extensive experience in channel and partner management, she has been actively involved in creating and implementing multi-application smart card, access control, card and identity lifecycle management, and identity access management solutions globally. Following undergraduate studies in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and Business Administration at Capella University, she has a master’s degree in International Business from Cumbria University. Additionally, she holds Executive Education Certificates in Strategy & Innovation and Management & Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jaci Sauve, Director of Events
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Jaclyn Sauvé is the Director of Events for the Secure Technology Alliance and U.S. Payments Forum, responsible for all conference procurement, expenditures, and operations in addition to leading the onsite logistic support team. Jaci also functions as a speaker liaison for each conference program committee and manages all Exhibitor and Sponsor communications on behalf of the Sales and Marketing.
Jaci realized her passion for planning while working as a Sales Director. In addition to overseeing all central office functions, Jaci took on the management of training, travel and events for her Sales team of 100+ nationwide employees. The next 16 years of event experience has encompassed working across the Publishing, Healthcare, Software and Non-Profit / Association industries.
Jaci holds a degree in Communications / Media with a concentration in video production from Western Connecticut State University. Jaci also holds a Certificate of Hospitality & Tourism Management from Florida Atlantic University as well as Cvent certifications in Venue Sourcing and Advanced Event Management.
Danielle Mattison, Project Coordinator for U.S. Payments Forum
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Danielle Mattison has served as Project Coordinator for the U.S. Payments Forum’s nine working committees since 2022. Prior to joining the Alliance and Forum, Danielle worked in technical association management for six years in a variety of positions including technical writing and editing, communications, and program management.
Sandy Mayfield, Project Manager for Identity & Access Forum
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Sandy is an experienced Project Manager, Team Leader, and a Lean Six Sigma Specialist with a track record of leading complex teams solving dynamic business challenges. Prior to joining Secure Technology Alliance, she has built a career that spans over 15 years of project management in operations, offshore engagement, and performance management within diverse industries. Sandy has built a career developing internal and external cross-functional teams by leveraging deep collaboration by establishing meaningful relationships with clients and business partners focused on delivering impact. She has also developed and provided strategic and tactical plans for piloting and deployment of standardized processes and procedures to enable long-term efficiencies and success.
Jay Armocilla, Operations Analyst/Membership
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Jay Armocilla is the Operations Analyst of Secure Technology Alliance and U.S Payments Forum. He is a dynamic and experienced professional who has a passion for building strong relationships and driving membership value.
Being a Lean Six Sigma Certified and having an extensive knowledge of project management, he has a proven track record of success in overseeing and optimizing business processes to increase efficiency and profitability. His ability to streamline operations and deliver exceptional results, coupled with his keen attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills, make him a valuable asset to the team.