Payment technology and card network veteran Lance Johnson is the new executive director of the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), effective January 2018.

Johnson, who will be responsible for leading the council's strategic direction, comes to PCI SSC from Sequent Software, where he was COO. Before Sequent, Johnson was with Visa for 20 years, serving as a senior leader for global risk management, security, fraud detection and control, and global payment data and device security.

"As new payment platforms are developed and adopted at a remarkable rate, it is more important than ever that payment security standards keep pace," said Johnson in a release. "The opportunities that lie ahead for the PCI Council are enormous and I look forward to leading this next chapter in payment security standards development."

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