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Christopher Uriarte is an expert in the areas of payments, financial technologies, risk management and fraud prevention. He has spent the last eighteen years helping global companies establish and grow their business by providing strategic, operational and industry guidance.
He was formally the Chief Payments & Strategy Officer at Vesta Corporation, a global leader in specialized payments and fraud prevention services to major retailers and telecommunication companies. At Vesta, he oversaw the company’s payments operations, corporate strategy and product management functions. During his time at Vesta, the company provided guaranteed payment services that processed over $10 billion in annual payment volume through their operations in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Vesta, he served as Vice President and Head of International Operations & Implementations at American Express (NYSE: AXP). At Amex, he oversaw the company's efforts to deploy new products and services into global markets, with a particular focus on emerging markets and payment types. Prior to Amex, he spent eleven years as the Chief Technology Officer and Head of International Development at Retail Decisions (Formally LSE: RTD, now part of ACI Worldwide), the London-based specialist in payment processing and fraud prevention, where he managed the company's product, research, development and strategic technology efforts. During the peak of his tenure at ReD, he helped grow the company's footprint to process over 19 billion of the world's 190 billion annual payment card transactions.
In 1998, he was named to the InfoWeek Magazine Hot 30 Under 30 list, profiling the country's leading influential technologists under the age of 30. In 2007, he received the Infoworld Magazine CTO 25 Award, awarded annually to the twenty-five most innovative technology executives in the country. He is also a recipient of American Express's most prestigious employee awards, including the American Express Special Chairman's Award for Excellence and the Amex Pinnacle President's Award.
He previously held positions as the Chief Technology Officer & Partner at The AdProTech Group, the Director of Technical Services at IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) and an Adjunct to the Rutgers University Center for Applied Computing Technologies. He has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Direct Response Forum (DRF), Dynamic Vision Distributions, Inc. and Fusion Recruiting Labs. He also served on the Advisory Board to Golden Gate Software, Inc., until their acquisition by Oracle Corporation, when he subsequently joined Oracle's own Customer Advisory Board in 2010.
In addition to his primary career and advisory roles, he has been an advisor to several start-up companies, a frequent speaker at international conferences, and a consultant to many projects in areas related to payments, fraud prevention and enterprise technologies.
Chris is based in New York City and Miami.
Referenced Companies and Organizations:
- Vesta Corporation
- American Express Company
- Retail Decisions
- IDT Corporation
- Rutgers University
- The Direct Response Forum
- Golden Gate Software, Inc.
- Oracle Corporation
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