Wnet Announces the 2017 Executive Committee and Addition to the Board of Directors

Press Release
January 1, 2017

Reston, VA  January 1, 2017Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet), the payments organization dedicated to women in payments, is pleased to announce the 2017 Executive Committee.
Gloria Colgan joins Wnet as President for 2017. Colgan is a recognized leader in the emerging payments sector. As the prior President of PYMNTS.com, and senior executive at Discover Financial Services, JPMorgan Chase and Sears Credit, Gloria developed solutions for alternative payments, digital wallet, mobile, contactless and prepaid card products including product development and management, branding and communications, and pricing.

“As president of the Board for Wnet, I will focus on carrying out our goal—to help women in the payments industry achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity,” says Colgan. “We have a tremendous Board and I’m honored to help us drive continued success in 2017.”

The additional Executive Committee members include: President Elect: Theresa Gongora, Head of Corporate Strategy & Planning TSYS; Treasurer: Carol L. Grunberg, Director, Ant Financial, Alipay; Secretary: Joan Herbig, CEO, ControlScan; and Immediate Past President:  Chris Lee, President, North American Strategic Partnerships, Vantiv (formerly Moneris USA)

“I look forward to working with this highly talented group of professionals who will continue to carry on Wnet’s vision through its industry leadership, services and programs,” says Wnet’s Executive Director, Lisl Dutterer.

Wnet welcomes, Julie C. Pukas, Head of U.S. Merchant Solutions and U.S. Bankcard at TD Bank; Pukas will serve as a great addition to Wnet’s 2017 Board of Directors.  Pukas brings with her a wealth of knowledge which includes over 25 years in the industry encompassing all aspects of the value chain. Pukas’ expertise and passion for supporting women in the payments field will bolster and enhance Wnet’s vision.

“Julie Pukas will be a great addition to the Wnet community and with her expertise and guidance, we look forward to a prosperous 2017,” said Incoming President, Gloria Colgan.

Pukas says, “I'm thrilled for the opportunity to serve on the board of Wnet and help to shape and encourage women's participation in the payments industry.  This group continues to be a force within payments and it is an honor to serve on its Board.”

Pukas has an exemplary reputation for conceiving and translating complex business, product, marketing, and sales strategies into actionable plans that consistently exceed performance and growth targets.  Under Pukas's leadership, TD Bank's U.S. bankcard business has grown to become one of the industry's top two fastest growing card issuers. Previously Pukas championed the launch of a global digital merchant-acquiring strategy and payment capability at Citigroup; in addition to a relentless, and successful, effort at Diners Club to act on, negotiate, and close complex sales, and relentlessly moved complex sales to closure despite previous attempts by others at Diners Club.

About the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet)

Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) is the premier professional organization for women in payments; providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their career. The organization provides world-class national and regional programming, fosters networking and promotes mentoring to help members achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity. Founded in 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization serving more than 1,000 women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org.

Media Contact:
Lisl Dutterer
Executive Director