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Theodore Iacobuzio is vice president and managing director of research at Mercator Advisory Group. Ted has been covering the financial services industry with a focus on payments for more than 30 years, as a line analyst, a director of research and a thought leader. His solid grounding as an analyst specializing in complex and clear business-to-business information products puts him in an ideal position to lead Mercator Advisory Group’s matchless team of analysts in designing and executing prescriptive thought leadership for the payments industry.Background Previous ExperienceTed was most recently Mercator’s director of custom research and consulting. He came to Mercator from Mastercard, where he was responsible for Global Insights, Mastercard’s interdisciplinary thought leadership organization. During his tenure Ted’s Global Insights organization designed, wrote and executed groundbreaking work in consumer acceptance of mobile payments technology, consumer attitudes regarding data privacy and security online, small merchant technology integration, global digital readiness and payments as a lever for economic inclusion.Previous to joining MasterCard, Ted was for many years associated with TowerGroup, where he was the first analyst at the firm to cover payment cards as a discipline. He left the organization as director of its payment practice, where he was responsible for research on enterprise and commercial payments, as well as wholesale banking, and card research in pay now, pay later and pay before. Among the first analysts to tackle EMV as a subject, Ted also introduced the industry to its first analysis of direct-mail information marketing and its effect on credit risk management, asset-backed securities, and the relationship between debit and credit cards.Before joining TowerGroup Ted was New York bureau chief for Lafferty Publications and editor of that house’s Cards International newsletter, and director of technology management services for Alex Sheshunoff Management Services, Austin, TX, where he gained deep knowledge of the community bank and credit union markets.During his career as an analyst Ted has been much in demand as an industry speaker and presenter, and has published in a variety of publications, including The American Banker, and has been quoted in general interest and business press, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal. EducationTed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Amherst College.
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