Boston, MA – November 6, 2017 – Mercator Advisory Group, the leading independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments industry, today announces the appointment of Aaron McPherson to the firm’s senior management team as Co-Vice President of Research Operations. Aaron brings an extensive background in payments industry research and strategic development and will be working across Mercator’s teams to enhance and augment Mercator’s published works and consulting projects.
“We welcome Aaron McPherson to our management team. Aaron brings a very strong background covering the financial services industry with a focus on payments for 20 years both as an analyst and a thought leader. His solid grounding as an industry expert and research analyst, coupled with his proven capability as a strategic thinker, puts him in an ideal position to serve in this role,” stated Robert Misasi, Mercator Advisory Group’s President and CEO. “Aaron will be working with all of the analysts in our research team and will be a critical member of the firm as we continue to grow and add new services as a firm.”
“Aaron’s industry expertise and research industry experience is a great addition to the research operations team. We are excited by what this means for our capabilities and client services moving forward. I look forward to working with him”, commented Ken Paterson, Vice President, Research Operations.
Previously, Aaron was the Senior Vice President of Global Payment Strategy for Fidelity National Information Services, where he led the development of a market-focused payments strategy that transformed the internal strategic product investment process as well as driving the acquisitions of Clear2Pay and SunGard. He also led strategy in the areas of tokenization, rewards, and blockchain.
Aaron served for twelve years in increasingly senior roles at IDC Financial Insights, where he founded and led the Global Payment Strategies research service. While there, he pioneered research in open payments APIs, enterprise payments, rewards and offers, digital wallets, and B2B payments. He also was a key participant in the development of innovative new research products, including the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment, the Banking IT Spending Guide, and the Banking Solution Market Share Guide. Aaron developed the first enterprise payments framework to achieve widespread adoption in the payments industry.
Aaron holds a master of business administration degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management with a concentration in the strategic use of information technology, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, also from MIT.