Citi and Elavon today announced that Antonio Castilho is the new president of Elavon in Brazil, the merchant services company created by a joint venture between Credicard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), and Elavon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and leading global payments provider.
Castilho’s main objective will be to position Elavon as a competitive, leading acquirer in Brazil’s fast-growing payments market by 2015. Elavon’s expertise in technology and specialized services for the aviation, tourism, health and large retailers segments and Credicard’s market expertise will be key drivers in the company’s ability to meet this objective. At present, the company is hiring personnel and organizing the structure of the Brazilian head office. It is estimated that Elavon will begin operating in Brazil by the end of the year.
“Castilho brings a wealth of industry and local market knowledge to our business in Brazil,” said Mike Passilla, President & CEO of Elavon. “We are very fortunate to have such a well-respected and proven industry executive leading the challenge to build and grow our business in Brazil’s evolving payments market.”
Widely experienced in the card issuing and acquiring segments, Castilho previously occupied senior positions at Visanet (currently Cielo), Banco Votorantim, in addition to Ticket and Vale Refeição. He holds a degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University, in the United States, and holds a Masters in Business Administration, from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) in Brazil, and a specialization in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. He also holds a business management course degree from the Instituto Européen d'Administration des Affaires (Insead), in France.
Present in the Brazilian market for over 40 years, Credicard – administrator of Citi’s credit card portfolio, one of the largest credit card issuers in the world, – is synonymous of credit cards in Brazil and manages Diners Club International, Visa and MasterCard labels. In 2009, the brand expanded its expertise in the country’s payment means market to engage in financing operations in Brazil, creating a complete portfolio of credit solutions for consumers. For more information, please visit www.credicard.com.br.
Elavon's Global Acquiring Solutions organization is a part of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and provides end-to-end payment processing services to more than one million merchants in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Elavon markets solutions including credit and debit card processing, electronic check services, gift cards, dynamic currency conversion, multi-currency support, and cross-border acquiring through multiple alliance channels including financial institutions, trade associations and third party sales agents. Elavon’s suite of solutions is tailored to meet the needs of merchants in specialized markets such as small business, retail, hospitality/T&E, health care, education and the public sector.
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Citi Latin America
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Public Affairs - Elavon
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Public Affairs - U.S. Bank
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