Mark Ripplinger has been leading Everlink’s broad portfolio in the highly competitive payments solutions business since October, 2007, serving over 94% of credit unions, over 55% of consumer-facing schedule 1 & 2 banks, as well as 32,000 merchants and close to 5 million cardholders across Canada — connecting them all worldwide via Interac®, Mastercard®, Visa® and many other payment networks.
Under Mark’s leadership, Everlink has transformed into a very successful, industry leading, broadly diversified and highly respected Payments Solutions provider, growing in excess of 12% CAGR (5-year avg.) in an industry generally growing at approx. 3%. Located in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Everlink offers a comprehensive suite of innovative payments solutions through 7 “Lines of Business” — Payment Network Gateway Services, ATM Managed Services, Card Issuance & Management, Fraud Management, Mobile Payments, SME Solutions and Professional Services.
With a wealth of experience and expertise in business and IT leadership, Mark has held key executive positions in several leading companies all across Canada — as a CIO for over 17 years, and as a CEO for over 11 years.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Administration with Distinction (Honors) at the University of Regina as well as a graduate certificate program in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, currently on the Board of Cortex Business Solutions (CBX on TSX Venture). In addition, Mark has served on numerous industry associations and charitable organizations, and is a frequent speaker at trade shows, conferences and executive seminars speaking on a variety of management, leadership and industry specific topics.