Visa is refuting a report stating that Global Head of Mobile Product Bill Gajda is no longer with the financial services giant.
Visa Global Head of Mobile Product Bill Gajda has been dismissed as part of an executive shakeup spearheaded by first-year CEO Charles Scharf, NFC Times reports.
Visa announced that 90 U.S. banks, including Bank of America, PNC Bank, BBVA Compass and others, now support its V.me digital wallet service. That number is almost double the 50 that supported the offering in November. Further, Visa said that fully 253 merchants have agreed to support the company's V.me service, a number that includes 72 merchants signed on during the second quarter.
The greatest number of transactions the network has had to accommodate at once is 12,000, however, leaving plenty of extra capacity for innovation work.
Bill Gajda, Visa's global head of mobile since 2010, sat down with FMC's Sandhya Raman at last week's Mobile World Congress trade show to talk about these announcements and Visa's mobile strategy at large. The following is a lightly edited version of that conversation.
MasterCard and Visa took the opportunity of the Mobile World Congress to launch major mobile payment initiatives this week.
Visa's payWave application will come pre-installed on all next-generation Samsung phones, in a new partnership between the financial giant and the handset maker.
Visa is launching a mobile payments initiative to accelerate the migration from cash to digital commerce.
Visa has approved Research In Motion's Secure Element Manager technology for Near Field Communications-enabled mobile payments.
At the helm of Visa's mobile strategy is industry veteran Bill Gajda, Visa's global head of mobile. Gajda, who has been in the position since 2010, previously served as a chief executive at the GSMA. FierceMobileContent 's Sandhya Raman recently spoke with Gajda about the future of mobile payments and the importance of NFC.