Thad Peterson

Thad Peterson

Senior Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Consumer Payments, Digital Wallets, Merchant Acquiring, Payments Acceptance Technologies

Thad Peterson is a senior analyst with Aite Group, focusing on the evolution of the payment space, the customer payment experience, and merchant acquiring.

Recognized as a global thought leader in payments, Thad has a proven track record of identifying and developing new opportunities and technologies in payments and financial services. He has relevant expertise in applying customer behavior to the payments ecosystem in both corporate and startup environments. Thad’s consulting background includes engagements on credit and debit cards, mobile payments, airline payment platforms, consumer and merchant loyalty, payment technology evolution, stored value, and product innovation. He holds patents in customer authentication and real-time mobile-enabled loyalty.

Prior to joining Aite Group, Thad led the mobile commerce practice at inCode Consulting and was managing director of Maritz Real-Time Rewards, leading the company’s mission to build a new industry standard at the nexus of transactional marketing and consumer engagement. While at Maritz, he also served as a division vice president, sector strategy, heading up strategy and solutions development for Maritz’s financial sector. Before joining Maritz, Thad was a partner with global financial services and payments firm Edgar, Dunn & Company, where he led the retail banking, loyalty, and emerging technology practice areas, working with retail banks, card issuers and processors, airline consortiums, new payment technology providers, payment associations, and prepaid card issuers. Thad has also worked as a C-level executive at retail banks and held positions in advertising and customer communications.

Thad served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years and holds a degree in Special Education from the University of Idaho.

Webinars

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 11 a.m. ET
  Join Aite Group research director David Albertazzi and his expert team for a live one-hour webinar as they identify the top 10 trends that will shape the retail banking and payments landscape around the globe in 2020 and beyond. Attend the webinar to: Learn why consumers’...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 2 p.m. ET
Whether you represent an ISO considering sub-merchant accounts; you are a merchant seeking help with payment processing; or a technology provider seeking new markets, we'll have answers for how the payment facilitator model can work for or against you. Register today and join the panel of...

Analyst Views

January 17, 2019
I just returned from the 2019 NRF (National Retail Federation) conference in New York. It’s a gathering of about 38,000 people at the Javits center, and if you’re at all interested in the things that make retail work, it’s where you need to be in January. Every type of business that supports retail is present and in force. Here are some of my observations from my few days in retail land:...
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September 25, 2018
FinovateFall 2018 is upon us, and it’s fitting that it’s happening in New York City, the center of the universe for many things; certainly this week it’s the center of the fintech universe. More than 80 companies will have seven minutes to show how they can improve the space and move the industry forward. Beyond the individual demos, the collection of presenting companies paints a picture of...
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