Magazine article American Banker

Smart Card Forum Picks Bellcore Exec as President

Magazine article American Banker

Smart Card Forum Picks Bellcore Exec as President

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The Smart Card Forum has elected its third president.

William J. Barr, 49, was elected at the forum's fifth annual meeting last week in Washington to succeed Jean McKenna.

Mr. Barr, vice president during Ms. McKenna's two-year term, is executive director, information networking, for Bellcore, the Morristown, N.J., research organization owned by the Baby Bell companies.

Bellcore has agreed to be acquired by Science Applications International Corp. of La Jolla, Calif., which was closely involved in the development of the credit card industry's Secure Electronic Transactions standard.

Ms. McKenna, 50, a Visa International senior vice president, will remain on the Smart Card Forum board. She has led the group since Catherine Allen, a former Citibank officer and now chief executive officer of the Banking Industry Technology Secretariat, stepped down.

Ms. Allen and Mr. Barr have been credited with doing the early organizational groundwork for the Smart Card Forum, a unique educational alliance with representation from many industries.

Whereas Ms. McKenna was said to have brought technical and organizational expertise that the forum needed as it gained maturity, Mr. Barr has a reputation for both general and specialist skills as well as a knack for futuristic vision.

"I particularly appreciate Bill's ability to see the forest and the trees," said Michael H. Smith, general manager of Schlumberger Danyl, Moorestown, N.J., the smart card forum's secretary. "He has a good grasp of the details of issues, but he can also see sweeping trends affecting industries and technologies. …

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