MINNEAPOLIS (March 15, 2021) -- Three U.S. Bank leaders – Kristy Carstensen, Hannah Fitzsimons and Nicole Tackett – are among the “2021 Most Influential Women in Payments” as determined by the industry news outlet Payments Source.
All three work in Payment Services, the division of U.S. Bank that provides digital and card-based payment and money movement capabilities to consumers, businesses and institutions of all sizes in North America and Europe. The company brings a long history and deep expertise in an area that continues to transform dramatically as new technology and innovation make buying and paying easier, safer, faster and more efficient.
Kristy Carstensen is chief financial officer for Payment Services. She is part of the Payments leadership team, working closely with business line leaders to find opportunities for investment, collaboration and synergy across the enterprise. Her personal passion is to erase the disparities that affect young people. She advocates for individuals, employers, corporations, schools and communities to work together to disrupt the systemic cycles that hinder opportunity for children.
Hannah Fitzsimons is the president and general manager of Elavon Merchant Services in Europe. She leads 1,600 employees with responsibility for revenue, product development, distribution and growth. Hannah is a powerful advocate, encouraging more women to join the payments industry and break new ground in financial services. Hannah launched U.S. Bank’s Business Resource Group for Women in Europe and spearheaded Elavon’s gold sponsorship of Women in Payments, enabling employees to further their learning and development and career growth opportunities.
Nicole Tackett leads marketing and product strategy, and innovation for Corporate Payments and Treasury Solutions. This is a business that serves middle-market, large-corporate and institutional clients that do business domestically and internationally. Nicole determines marketing and product strategy for the payment platforms that these clients use, and guides the division on investment and acquisition decisions that will extend the reach or capabilities U.S. Bank offers. Nicole also leads Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Payment Services, as part of a broader body of work U.S. Bank is engaged in to drive meaningful change within the company and across the diverse communities it serves.
“The Payments industry is going through dramatic change, which only accelerated during the pandemic as customers wanted and needed to do more digitally and remotely,” said Shailesh Kotwal, vice chair of U.S. Bank Payment Services. “This environment requires exceptional leadership, agility and diligence to be successful and that is exactly what Kristy, Hannah and Nicole bring to their roles. They inspire everyone around them, and their contributions bring material value to our customers.”
In 2019, U.S. Bank was among 70 companies that signed the Catalyst CEO Champions for Change Pledge, a commitment to accelerate and advance more women in senior leadership. This work includes benchmarking, developing metrics and improving the culture of inclusion to increase the number of women, and women of color, on company boards.
U.S. Bank is often recognized for deep bench of women in leadership positions at all levels of the company. Most recently, Gunjan Kedia, vice chair of Wealth Management and Investment Services, was named to Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance. Likewise, Felicia La Forgia, Beth Lawlor and Christine Waldron appeared on Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Women on Wall Street list for 2021.
Notes to editors
Elavon is a leading global payments company with more than 4,300 employees and operations in 10 countries. A subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Elavon provides businesses with the technology needed to accept payments from customers, whether they are shopping in stores, at home or on the go. Its platform is distinctive in that it is common across countries, making it easier for businesses to get their payment system up and running quickly and securely.
Elavon Financial Services DAC, trading as Elavon Merchant Services, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and the Prudential Regulation Authority and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our authorization and regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from us on request.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $488 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.
Joe Rauch, Communications Manager | Global Head of Communications for Merchant Acquiring | Public Affairs and Communications