The 30-year payments industry veteran left Visa Inc. in 2009 after 17 years with the card network where she was senior vice president and head of acquirer and processor sales for the United States. Now an independent consultant, Perry runs an eponymous consulting firm where she advises merchants, processors, ISOs, and acquiring companies.

While at Visa, Perry established and developed the department that managed the card company’s relationships with it member-bank acquirers, third-party issuing and acquiring processors, vendors, and independent sales organizations.

As a consultant, she works both with traditional payments companies as well as with start-ups engaged in mobile and other new technologies. She also works with investors.

"The number of players in the value chain in acceptance has grown tremendously over the last five years," she says. "I think we will see some consolidation—perhaps globally rather than in each region or country.”

Before working for Visa, Perry was a vice president at New York’s Citigroup Inc. and also worked for Michigan National Bank. An organizer of the U.S. Acquirer Council, Perry says she’s currently working with Global Vision Group, a San Mateo, Calif., consulting firm to develop the first international acquiring conference scheduled for later this year.

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