Photo of Tiziana Natale with SIA-SSB’s awardThe Cards and
Payments Conference and Awards 2010
, held in Madrid,
attracted some of the industry’s leading lights to celebrate
excellence in the industry.

Attendees had to contend with
flight cancellations as a result of the Icelandic ash cloud on
their way, but plenty made it along to see Barclaycard claim two
top awards at the event.

Along with the food, drinks and
presentations, there was plenty of time for some industry gossip.
There was talk of an upcoming change at Citi’s processing business;
rumours about BNP Paribas’ difficulties in the Spanish market; and
details of some controversial pictures that customers have tried to
load onto their card products through Serverside’s personalisation

The awards were part of a
day-and-a-half conference on 18-19 May run by VRL, the publisher of
Cards International. It featured an international line-up
of speakers, including industry keynotes from Enrique Barthe, head
of innovation at BBVA; and Luke Olbrich, head of debit, Europe, for

There were also presentations from
Maria Lorenzo, payments director of Banco Popular on debit,
customer line strategy and profitability; Ruth Wandhöfer, head of
EMEA payments strategy and market policy at Citigroup; and
Jose-Maria Buey, head of regional development at Deutsche Bank –
both on SEPA.

The event was VRL’s second of the
year in the cards and payments area. The first, covered in our last
edition, was Prepaid Middle East. The next is Prepaid Summit Europe
on 12-13 October, to be held in Milan. Last year, the event
attracted 350 delegates. More details are currently available on
the website. Information will also be featured in upcoming editions
of Cards International.

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