Jane Elliott, EVP and EVP and Chief of Staff at Global Payments, Inc.
When did you get in involved with TAG?
I formally joined the TAG Board of Directors in April earlier this year. I have been involved with TAG through Global Payments for the last several year.
What’s the best thing about TAG in your opinion?
TAG provides the technology community with multi-dimensional support that has driven long-lasting connections. Through this support system, TAG continues to drive innovation.
What does your organization do?
Global Payments is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services that delivers innovative solutions driven by customer needs globally. The company provides a broad range of products and services that allow its customers to accept all payment types across a variety of distribution channels in 29 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region and Brazil.
How big is your operation in Georgia?
Global Payments is a Fortune 1000 Company with approximately $2 billion of revenue and 4,400 employees worldwide. In Georgia, the company has approximately 500 employees.
What do you do at your organization?
I am responsible for Investor Relations, Strategy, Marketing, Communications and Branding. I also provide special project and initiative management across the organization facilitating a variety of CEO priorities and objectives.
Why and how did you get started?
I actually started out my career as a CPA and moved into financial planning and analysis and then serving in strategy and communication roles. I have been in the payments industry for more than 20 years and have really enjoyed the continuous innovation and impact that technology has had on how consumers pay and ultimately how we at Global Payments service our customers. Technology continues to be a cornerstone to Global Payments’ success.
How do you think Georgia has emerged as a strong player in technology?
I think it has been a combination of factors: Nationally recognized universities, reasonable cost of living, great location for global travel, and strong technology support through TAG and the Chamber of Commerce. GA is also known as a start-up market for financial services and technology.
What must Georgia do to maintain its momentum in the tech industry?
I think the continued evolution of TAG’s priorities supporting innovation, working with the universities, the Chamber of Commerce, and existing technology companies in GA will continue to drive the positive momentum.
What is your next big project?
We are working on our second annual hack-a-thon, or what we call, Fin Apps Party to be held on Nov. 6th. We will hold this event in three locations, Atlanta, Barcelona and London. This is a great event because it allows talented individuals to create apps associated with payments.
Name one thing that people would be surprised to know about you.
I grew up in a very small town graduating from high school with 38 other kids! Picture one building for Kindergarten through 12th grade…the same kids all that time!