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The board members serve a two year term, and can be re-elected. The Board votes on the acceptance of new members. The maintenance of the database is covered by the editorial office, headed by Sylvia Lukas.
Currently the members of the board consists of:
Cédric Sarazin, has been Director of Development & Strategy for Groupement des Cartes Bancaires "CB" since 2000. With 8 billion transactions annually, CB is the leading European Card Payment Scheme.
Within Cartes Bancaires CB, his Division brings together research & development, product marketing, European & International projects, relationships with Retail & Consumer Associations as well as the Communication Department.
Within the French Banking Federation (FBF), Cédric Sarazin chairs the Cards Group and he also represents the FBF in the Cards Working Group of the European Payment Council (EPC) since 2002.
Within the EPC, he is also Chairman of the EPC Card Fraud Prevention Task Force and deeply involved in the SEPA Card Standardisation work.
After a doctorate in management and a training as engineer in statistics, Cédric Sarazin began his career in 1990 in Tokyo as Marketing General Manager for SPOM Japan, company specialized in promoting and selling chip card solutions in Japan. In 1993, he is appointed Chip Card Product Marketing Manager for Bull CP8 in France. Between 1995 and 2000, he holds the position of New Technologies Manager for Europay International in Belgium (now MasterCard Europe), in charge of promoting of new technologies in payments (EMV chip cards, internet payments...).
Tim Martens joined Barclaycard in 2007 as Head of the Partnership Marketing Team. In 2008 he moved into the role of Head of Business Development with responsibility for the Partnerships and Business Development areas of the business.
The Partnerships department covers both the acquisition of new partners for co-branding programmes and the ongoing relationship management of existing partners including campaign management. The main objectives of the Business Development unit are Innovation management and card scheme relationship management.
After a bank trainee programme and a Master of Business Administration, Tim Martens began his career in 1993 as Chief of Staff for ANTHROS GmbH. Working through several functions, he joined the development of the company into one of the leading network service providers of the German payment industry. After 10 years of experience in the payment acceptance business, he moved into the issuer business and joined Ikano Bank in 2004. Acting as a Sales Director he was responsible for the consumer finance business of IKEA (Family Card and consumer loans) and the transition to a financial service provider for the open market in Germany.
More than 20 Years of Passion for Payment Solutions
Christian Schmitt started his career in the payment industry with American Express in 1990. During 10 years he occupied different sales positions and at the end he was Sales Manager for Strategic & Key Accounts.
In 2000 he moved to card.etc as Member of the Board responsible for acquiring partners and strategic partnerships.
Since 2002 Christian has been working with First Data International. As Director Client Relations & Product Management he is now in charge of the issuing business for Germany and Switzerland.
The PayComm knowledge data base has always been an important source for professional know how.
Sylvia Lukas has been involved in the card acquiring and card issuing business in Germany for the past 20 years.
She started her professional caree with Olivetti S.A. in Milan, Italy. Back in Germany, she worked as sales manager for Citicorp as well as Lufthansa AirPlus.
Sylvia Lukas published her first book on the German payment industry in 1995. Since 1995 she has worked as an independent consultant, primarily for banks, both national and international, addressing market analysis and acquiring strategies.
Sylvia Lukas is the founder of the PayComm Association. PayComm was founded in 2003 as a knowledge library for the payment industry. Sylvia Lukas is the Managing Director as well as head of the editorial office.
Sylvia Lukas holds a Master Degree in Translation for English and Spanish from Heidelberg University.
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