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VeriFone Welcomes Karen Austin to Board of Directors
|By Business Wire
|June 17, 2014 05:53 PM EDT
VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY), today announced that Karen Austin,
change management expert and CIO for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E),
will join the board, effective immediately.
“We are very excited to welcome Karen to the board. The technology
expertise she’s demonstrated at some of the nation’s largest retailers
as well as her strong leadership in implementing change across PG&E will
be a great asset for VeriFone and our executive team,” said Alex W.
(Pete) Hart, chairman of the board, VeriFone.
“I’m delighted to have Karen join our board,” said VeriFone CEO Paul
Galant. “Her success in leading organizational change, which essentially
modernized PG&E in ways that enhanced operations and customer service
and pushed it into the digital age, will help us to expedite the
transformational progress underway at VeriFone to become the company
that we want to be - a company that is client-first, operationally
excellent, strategically focused, properly organized, and operating with
a single, distinct culture.”
After joining PG&E as CIO in 2011, where she oversees and directs IT
systems and cyber security initiatives that support all of PG&E’s
customer touch points, Austin transformed the enterprise into a more
nimble and innovative company that leveraged and digitized big data to
enhance energy management for both the utility and its customers. For
this success, she was named one of Computerworld’s
Premier 100 IT leaders—an award program honoring leaders that excel
at demonstrating positive management strategies, innovation despite
business challenges and effective use of information technology.
Prior to joining PG&E, Austin held several executive-level positions at
Kmart Corporation and Sears Holdings Corporation. At Kmart, she served
as Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain Applications, Vice
President of IT Applications, and Vice President for Applications
Development, Chief Information Officer and Interim Chief Marketing
Officer. At Sears, Austin served as Senior Vice President, CIO and
President of Consumer Electronics.
About VeriFone Systems, Inc. (www.verifone.com)
VeriFone Systems, Inc. (“VeriFone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in
secure electronic payment solutions. VeriFone provides expertise,
solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with
merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for
the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare
vertical markets. VeriFone solutions are designed to meet the needs of
merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies
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ability to protect against fraud, the status of our relationship with
and condition of third parties such as our contract manufacturers,
distributors and key suppliers upon whom we rely in the conduct of our
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