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Karen Webster
Karen Webster
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    Karen Webster

    Karen L. Webster

    CEO - Market Platforms Dynamics





    • Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Ms. Webster also serves as a member of the board for several emerging companies and helps these innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services.

    • Karen is also an entrepreneur, who has successfully developed and launched several new ventures in the loyalty, on-line media, and social networking sectors, each of which was focused on introducing disruptive business models and product solutions to fill a market need. This includes PYMNTS.com, the leading media property focused innovation in the payments sector and a joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway’s Business Wire.

    • Karen is a frequent keynote speaker and author of numerous articles on the sources of innovation, strategy, loyalty, product design/bundling and pricing and platform strategies. Karen was a key contributor to Catalyst Code: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Dynamic Companies, (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and is credited with directing the research for the book and devising its trademarked 6-step Framework.

    • Karen has a long history of consulting, having served as the Managing Director of Global Marketing and Planning for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ US$6 billion management consulting practice and as COO for a US$200 million consulting subsidiary that is part of the MMC family of companies. She was an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, where she holds a Masters’ Degree in Marketing and developed and taught graduate level courses on business-to-business marketing.

    • Karen is a passionate philanthropist and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Board of the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance.
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Douglas Wilber
Douglas Wilber
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    Douglas Wilber

    Doug Wilber

    Director - Market Platforms Dynamics





    • Doug Wilber has a proven track record of concepting, developing, and launching new products into the marketplace. During his tenure at Discover, Mr. Wilber was the primary architect for developing the business cases for a number of prepaid products and oversaw the product development processes inclusive of the development of financial projections, product naming and brand kits, and go-to- market strategies designed to increase brand preference and incremental spend for Discover Cardholders. In addition, Mr. Wilber’s customer-first approach qualified him to lead numerous partnership proposals associated with building out Discover Network’s emerging payments footprint inclusive of a multitude of mobile payments product concepts and constructs.

    • Mr. Wilber advises numerous start-ups on their product and company roadmaps and also serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for PYMNTS.com.

    • Mr. Wilber has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and International Business and an MBA in Product Development and Brand Strategy from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business.
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Gloria Colgan
Gloria Colgan
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    Gloria Colgan

    Gloria Colgan

    Managing Director - Market Platforms Dynamics






    • Gloria is a recognized leader in the successful design and deployment of new products and emerging payment strategies worldwide. With over 20 years of experience of working with financial institutions and retail partners, she has advised global providers of contactless payment, digital wallets, mobile and prepaid card products on product development and management, pricing and merchant acceptance capabilities, branding and communications and EMV specifications. She has also successfully negotiated some of the top contacts and joint ventures in the emerging payment space.

    • Gloria was Senior Vice President at Discover Network, most recently for Emerging Payments and previously for Marketing & Strategy. As Senior Vice President, she developed the vision for the company’s emerging payments business, built its infrastructure, and achieved parity in merchant acceptance with top competitors, Visa and MasterCard. Gloria also negotiated a groundbreaking digital wallet national mobile network payment solution with key partners and positioned her team at Discover as subject matter experts in the emerging payment solutions niche. Earlier, as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Discover Network, Ms. Colgan repositioned the Discover brand with loyalty at its core, to achieve card product parity. She created differentiated products and services as critical elements of the new positioning to ignite POS capability. Previously she was Senior Vice President, Commercial Card Services for JPMorgan Chase developing new solutions in the purchasing, corporate and prepaid space and was also with Sears Roebuck & Co. and McKinsey. Gloria has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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John Caron
John Caron
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    John Caron

    John Caron

    Managing Director - Market Platforms Dynamics






    • An entrepreneur, company builder and marketing innovator, John has over 20 years experience in leading marketing organizations and driving growth and expansion for venture-backed startups and large industry leaders. John's expertise includes leading product marketing, public relations, content marketing, corporate positioning, marketing strategy, speaking, branding, messaging, thought leadership, demand generation, marketing programs, and strategic events.
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Contact Doug Wilber for more info at dwilber@pymnts.com