Patricia McGinnis Joins Mercator Advisory Group

Financial services industry veteran adds to depth of leading payments and banking research and consulting firm
Boston, MA - - Mercator Advisory Group is pleased to announce the addition of Patricia McGinnis, a 25-year financial services industry veteran, to its team of analysts. 
Patricia commands a wide-ranging view of the global financial services industry and its technical needs, including the perspectives of commercial banker, technology vendor, academic observer, consultant, and industry analyst.  Patricia's specialty is the strategic use of technology to meet business requirements, and her work has included strategic product and business planning, market research, financial planning, competitive positioning and IT organizational strategies.     
Her domains of expertise include:
·         senior level research hire with 25+ years banking and bank channel expertise
·         wholesale and corporate finance, including payments and supply chain services,
·         enterprise-wide financial and risk management functions, 
·         credit management in both consumer and corporate markets, 
·         multi-national solutions of all kinds, and
·         Internet based channel strategies.
"Patricia adds even further technology depth to our research team.  She complements Mercator's recent hires (Bob Landry, VP Banking Services, and Ian Rubin, VP Consulting).  We have been increasing our focus on the customer with a focus on Customer-Centric Delivery Channel strategies and execution with Mobile and Internet-based venues (Social Media, PFM platforms, Internet Payments plays) receiving significant attention, Robert Misasi, CEO of Mercator Advisory Group comments. "This is a key development in Mercator's growth as we are able to translate our strategic insights and analysis into actionable strategies for our customers looking at specific channel implementation concerns."
Previously, Patricia served as a director of research for IDC Financial Insights, specializing in corporate and wholesale banking, as well as emerging IT infrastructures and architectures. 
Prior to joining IDC, Patricia was a director at Mainspring Communications, and also at The Tower Group, in both cases assisting financial industry clients and technology vendors to develop, articulate, and implement technology-enabled strategies for financial businesses. 
As the initial executive director of the then-new International Financial Services Research Center at the MIT Sloan School, she stimulated and guided the knowledge-sharing process between top-tier financial firms and award-winning academics.  Patricia began her career in international banking, but developed her interest in the technology foundation of financial services during several years providing marketing and sales support for a global hardware vendor.   
She holds a BA in economics from Harvard University, a Master of Science degree in management from the MIT Sloan School, and a Master of Science degree in computer information systems from Bentley College.
About Mercator Advisory Group
Mercator Advisory Group is the leading, independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the banking and payments industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, and associations to leading technology providers.