SHAZAM's Christensen to serve second term as board member on US Faster Payments Council

posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Company News

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 2, 2021) — SHAZAM, Inc., a nationwide provider of financial services to community banks and credit unions, is proud to announce that Kevin Christensen, senior vice president of market intelligence and data analytics, was elected a second time to serve a three-year term as a member of the 2021 U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) board of directors.

Appointed in 2015, Christensen was the organization’s first executive director and chairman, and he currently serves on the executive committee and finance committee. Over the years, as a member of the Faster Payments Task Force, he led the interoperability work group and was a member of the editorial board. Following the work of the task force, Christensen was elected to the Governance Framework Formation Team. The work group was responsible for developing the operating vision for the U.S. Faster Payments Council, of which SHAZAM is a founding sponsor.

“Working with the FPC still energizes me,” said Christensen. “I’m proud to have helped lead this organization since its early formation and applaud our accomplishments that have positively impacted the industry over the last six years.”

“SHAZAM’s goal remains to ensure that any U.S. payment system that evolves — card, ACH, wire, faster payments or future systems — has a methodology in which all financial institutions and their accountholders can be assured to having open, nondiscriminatory access. My involvement in the FPC helps exemplify SHAZAM’s commitment to being an industry advocate for community financial institutions.”

“Kevin’s highly accomplished in the payments industry and his commitment to working with the U.S. Faster Payments Council is unmatched,” said SHAZAM chief financial officer Scott Dobesh. “His leadership positions allow him to utilize his knowledge to contribute to and shape our industry, which benefits the future progress of the community banks and credit unions SHAZAM serves.”

SHAZAM pioneered the PIN-debit point-of-sale transaction, still used worldwide today. We’re the only nationwide independent, member-owned debit network, processor and core provider supporting community banks and credit unions. Since we don’t answer to shareholders, we can reinvest profits in technologies our clients need as they serve the next generation of consumers. SHAZAM ensures our clients have the products and services they demand and expect in a cost-effective way. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Iowa, we’re a leader in payments and financial technology, with a simple mission: Strengthening community financial institutions. Visit us today at



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