Cashing in on Your Payment Options: Maximize the Benefits of Your Commercial Card Program

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Duration: 1 hour 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank

Webcast Summary

Is your company realizing maximum value from its commercial card program? Most large enterprises have long benefited from the control and visibility that card programs provide into indirect spending, including travel and entertainment. Today, companies are working to take full advantage of their card programs across the full range of their procurement and payment activities. By doing so, they’re realizing cost savings through preferred-vendor discounts; gaining purchase protection that reduces the risk associated with transactions; and processing payments more efficiently.

Attend this Webcast to learn more about the strategies finance departments are pursuing to help their companies make the most of their commercial card programs. Panelists will discuss:

  • How to systematically increase the number of vendors and suppliers that will accept commercial card payments from your company;
  • Tips on deploying effective controls within your commercial card program to govern spending, maximize efficiency, and reap preferred-vendor discounts and service concessions; and
  • How to manage additional commercial card benefits—including rewards programs—to benefit the company at large.

About the Panelists

Tad Fordyce, Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Solutions, Visa Inc.Tad Fordyce

As Visa's SVP of Global Commercial Solutions, Tad Fordyce is responsible for the overall strategy, development and management of Visa Inc.'s commercial products and services for large and middle market companies in private and public sectors around the world.

Prior to taking on this role, Fordyce held a number of positions during his 16-year career at Visa. Most recently, he was Head of Issuer Processing, based in Singapore, where he was responsible for Visa Processing Service, and worked with clients around the world to support their prepaid, debit, credit and money transfer businesses.

Tad has also held the positions at Visa as Head of Global Information Products; Senior Vice President of Cross Product Platforms; Vice President, Public Sector Product Management; and Vice President, Commercial Information Management. Before coming to Visa, he was the Director of Database Marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Global Business Travelers Association Foundation and the Commercial Payments International Board of Trustees, Tad was also Chairman of EMVCo’s Executive Committee.  He holds 36 patents, either individually or as part of a team.

Tad graduated with a B.F.A. in Communications from Southern Methodist University and currently resides in Denver with his wife and twin children.

Mary Miklethun, Travel Program Product Manager, U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems Mary Miklethun

Mary Miklethun defines the strategy for U.S. Bank's commercial travel products and services. She is responsible for designing new features and enhancements and delivering client-centric solutions across the commercial and public sector markets. Miklethun has been in the financial services and payments business since 1999. Previously, she managed the bank's One Card product, supervised portfolio conversions, oversaw implementation of the bank's chip and PIN capability in Canada, and managed strategic partner relationships. Mary has a bachelor's degree from Minnesota's Gustavus Adolphus College and a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

David Whitelaw, Director, Edgar, Dunn & CompanyDavid Whitelaw

David Whitelaw is a Director in the San Francisco office of Edgar, Dunn & Company. David has provided strategic guidance to clients across the payments value chain, including card brands and networks, card issuers, processors, merchants, and third-party billers.  He has experience in credit and fraud risk management, strategic planning, payments optimization, data analytics, financial analysis and modeling, cost reduction, credit analysis, and financial product development.  He has worked with geographically diverse clients, including those based in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, affording him a global perspective on unique characteristics of disparate payment markets.

Prior to joining Edgar, Dunn & Company, David worked in corporate finance for Hewlett-Packard, and held positions in product development, strategic planning, and credit analysis for AIG Consumer Finance Group in Asia.

David holds an A.B., cum laude, in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in International Relations from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and graduated with distinction.

About the Moderator

Katherine Teitler, Senior Editor, CFO Research and Custom Publishing Katherine Teitler

Katherine Teitler is a senior editor in the research and custom-publishing group at CFO Publishing. In that capacity, Katherine researches, writes, and manages content development for CFO Research and CFO Webcasts.

Prior to joining CFO Publishing, Katherine served as the director of content for an information-security research firm, where she researched, wrote, and edited pieces on the full spectrum of information-security topics and managed the firm's faculty of expert contributors. In addition, Katherine has more than 16 years of experience in business development for a distinguished roster of research firms. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and of the University of Rochester. Katherine is based in Boston.

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