This Friday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. This is a day to celebrate women’s achievements and highlight the struggles they still face.
The online payment industry has always been largely male-dominated (what a surprise), however, now more than ever before there are plenty of great women who are achieving a lot within the sector. Moreover, whilst at one point women in the industry were becoming big players despite their gender, they are now doing so because of it.
Women in the online payment industry are now creating their own companies and solutions, demonstrating innovation and influence, and, essentially, being very successful.
Last week, Paymentssource.com published a list of the 26 most influential women within the industry. Today we’re taking a closer look at just four of them, all who have been instrumental in improving the casino depositing methods we know and love.
Andrea Dunlop, Paysafe Group
Andrea Dunlop is the CEO of acquiring and card solutions for Paysafe Group, the company behind Paysafecard, Skrill and Neteller.
Andrea has more than two decades worth of experience within the payments industry, having worked for Visa and operating her own consultancy business.
At Paysafe Group, Dunlop has campaigned for help from the British government for fintech companies in the UK, as the UK prepares to leave the EU. She has also helped the company acquire business within Europe and worked on a number of initiatives, including securing the company’s card schemes with Visa and Mastercard.
Andrea is also the chair of the Emerging Payments Association. She is the first woman to ever hold the position and was named ‘Payments Pioneer’ at the 2017 UK Payments Awards.
Carleigh Jaques, VISA
Carleigh Jaques joined Visa in 2008, having previously worked for Deutsche Bank for 12 years. Since then, Jaques has gone on to be made the head of Digital Merchant Products and Senior Vice President.
Jaques also founded Visa’s Mergers and Acquisitions group. She led Visa’s $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource, as well as the company’s acquisition of PlaySpan. She has also advocated for easier access to mobile payments, pushing Visa to advance its position within the digital payment industry.
Jaques has also called for more diversity within the sector. Speaking to Paymentssource, she said:
‘Until we have room for diversity of thought across a variety of different groups of people, we won’t have diversity of representation and opportunity.’
Dana J Lorberg, Mastercard
Dana J Lorberg is an executive vice president at Mastercard, who is in charge of overseeing operations and technology. She has worked for the company for over 30 years and has a range of leadership positions.
In her time with the company, she has been responsible for many of Mastercard’s technology platforms, including credit, debit and prepaid products and faster payments platforms. Essentially, you can thank Lorberg for making your Mastercard casino deposits quick and easy.
Aside from being included in this list, Lorberg has also been named among the most influential women of St Louis (where she was raised) by the St Louis Business Journal the Top 24 Women in Finance by U.S Banker, and the Most Influential Women in Payments by Card Forum.
Louise Pentland, PayPal
Louise Pentland is a vice president at PayPal, chief of business affairs and legal officer. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s global human resources, legal, communications, government relations and social innovation functions.
Before working with PayPal, Louise worked for Nokia and then for the nonprofit organization, Human Rights Institute. At PayPal, Pentland worked on the Customer Choice initiative of 2015, which aimed to offer access to digital financial services to as many individuals and businesses as possible.
Louise is also a huge champion of diversity within the sector and has been pushing this since she joined the e-wallet company. She pledges to drive greater inclusiveness both internally at PayPal, and externally. To Louise, everyone should have access to easy banking solutions – a sentiment we can get behind.