PCI Council taking nominations for advisory board

The nomination period began on Thursday of this week and is open until Friday, February 25. Fourteen seats are available on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors, and nominations are limited to one member from each participating organization, which currently numbers 600.

Successfully elected nominees will serve a two-year term from 2011 to 2013 and will provide “strategic and technical feedback to the Council, reflecting the varied perspectives of a diverse set of global stakeholders”, according to a statement from the PCI Council. The Council looks to the Board of Advisors to advise on standards development and provide real-world feedback on its initiatives.

The PCI Board of Advisors has a total of 21 seats, with 14 being reserved for open nomination, and another seven set aside for appointment by the PCI SSC Executive Committee “to ensure broad representation both geographically and across key stakeholder groups”, said the PCI SSC. Elected board seats will come from the following stakeholder groups: financial institutions (acquirers and issuers); payment processors; merchants; and others, including technology vendors, industry associations, and service providers.

“Over the past two years, our previous Board has provided us with a wide range of perspectives, advice and actionable feedback”, said Bob Russo, general manager of the PCI SSC. “Many of the tools and resources you see from PCI SSC today...were developed with the Board’s ideas and input.”

Participating organizations can visit the PCI website to obtain more information on the nomination process and procedures.

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