ETA hires software industry exec Jodie Kelley as new CEO

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After a long search, the Electronic Transactions Association has named Jodie L. Kelley as its new CEO to replace Jason Oxman, who left in January to head the Information Technology Industry Council after seven years as the association’s chief executive.

Currently senior vice president and general counsel of BSA, the Software Alliance, Kelley will start her new job on Sept. 3, according to a Thursday press release.

Amy Zirkle, the interim CEO of the ETA , will remain with the organization, the release said.

Kelley has been in her position at Washington, D.C.-based BSA, an advocacy organization for the global software industry, for more than 10 years. She oversees the primary revenue-generating activities for the organization, manages programs supporting software developers and acts as a spokesperson for the software industry, according to the release.


Before joining BSA, Kelley spent six years as vice president and deputy general counsel at Fannie Mae and before that she was a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block.

“As the payments technology industry grows in both size and importance, ETA must grow along with it. With the help of the board, I look forward to evolving the association at this pivotal time,” Kelley said in the release.

“The payments industry is dynamic and expanding, and ETA has a vital role to play during this period of growth and innovation. Jodie is the right person to guide ETA to significant growth that provides enhanced value and a unified voice for our industry,” said Kevin Jones, president and chairman of the ETA and CEO of Celero Commerce in Nashville, Tenn., in the release.

The ETA began in 1990 as the Bankcard Services Association, and in 1996 changed its name to reflect its association with the broader payments industry, including independent sales organizations, payments networks, financial institutions, transaction processors, mobile payments products and services and hardware and software providers. It has about 500 member companies in 30 countries.

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