Silvio Tavares is an accomplished CEO, senior executive and thought leader with over 15 years of experience in the digital commerce and payments industry. He is currently the President of the board and CEO of The CardLinx Association, the leading global standards and interoperability organization for the payments and digital advertising industries. CardLinx founding members include Mastercard, Discover, First Data, Facebook and Microsoft among others.
Prior to CardLinx, Silvio was SVP and Global Head of Information Products at Visa Inc. He led a business unit generating several hundred million dollars in annual sales and successfully launched key new industry leading products in the areas of payment fraud detection, digital marketing and merchant loyalty. He joined Visa from First Data, the leading payments processor where he was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Information and Analytics. At First Data, he patented and launched SpendTrend™, First Data's U.S. macro-economic spending indicator.
An engineer by training, Silvio began his career at AT&T where he authored one of the earliest business method patents for web-based payments. His professional path also included senior level positions at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London, where he was Director and Head of Financial Technology Investment Banking and an attorney at Shearman & Sterling where he practiced corporate finance and M&A law.
An innovator throughout his career, Silvio has authored over fifteen granted or pending patents in the fields of digital commerce, electronic payments and payments analytics. Silvio earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law (Oxford University Program), an MBA from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Tufts University. He serves on the board of directors of CPI Card Group (NASDAQ: PMTS), a leading US provider of payment and EMV chip cards. Silvio speaks fluent French, Portuguese, Spanish and conversational Korean.