The payments industry is changing fast. From the launch of Apple Pay to the march toward EMV, merchants, card networks, banks and consumers are rethinking their assumptions and expectations and this year’s honorees are not only navigating change, they are leading it.

The 20 women we honor this year have advanced the pace of innovation, challenged competitors and fueled the creativity and ambitions of their colleagues. They represent diverse businesses, including retail banks, card networks, retailers and acquirers. They also represent a deep and varied range of experience, as each has followed a unique path to her current role.

The trends they follow are shifting drastically. Last year, many honorees focused on mobile payments and wearables. This year, security dominated the conversation, as many are implementing new protections against a seemingly never-ending onslaught of data breaches. Many are also modernizing the payment experience by collaborating with new allies or experimenting with new technology.

In alphabetical order, here are PaymentsSource's 2015 Most Influential Women in Payments. Click each name to view a profile of the honoree, or view a slideshow of everyone featured. Honorees will be recognized at SourceMedia's 27th Annual Card Forum and Expo in Chicago, taking place April 8-10, 2015

  • Ann Cairns, President, International Markets, MasterCard
  • Reetika Grewal, Head of Payments Strategy and Solutions, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Carey Kolaja, Vice President, Global Product Solutions, PayPal
  • Leslie McNamara, Managing Director, Partnership Management, Citi Retail Services
  • Rathi Murthy, SVP and CIO, Enterprise Growth, American Express
  • Diane Offereins, EVP, President of Payment Services, Discover Financial Services
  • Debra Rossi, EVP, Wells Fargo; CEO, Wells Fargo Merchant Services
  • Colleen Taylor, EVP, Head of Treasury Management & Enterprise Payments, Capital One Bank

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