Cardtronics Adds Chief Information Security Officer

Published in CSP Daily News

CIO transitioning into new position on IT executive leadership team

Jerry Garcia

HOUSTON -- Cardtronics Inc., the world's largest retail ATM owner, has announced an "evolution" of the company's information technology executive leadership team, featuring the introduction of a newly created chief information security officer (CISO) position.

Transitioning from his current role as chief information officer, Jerry Garcia, who spent the last 10 years designing and developing the information technology systems Cardtronics uses to run its business, will now focus exclusively on Cardtronics' information security program as CISO. Mike McCarthy, a seasoned CIO within the financial services industry, has joined Cardtronics as its new CIO. Both Garcia and McCarthy will report directly to Cardtronics CEO Steve Rathgaber.

"As the world's largest retail ATM owner, as the operator of a global ATM fleet approaching 63,000 machines, Cardtronics has a responsibility to its clients, consumers and our shareholders to be a model of excellence in information technology and security," said Steve Rathgaber, CEO of Cardtronics. "The creation of a dedicated information security officer role emphasizes Cardtronics' commitment to industry-leading security systems, and Jerry Garcia, the architect of the IT landscape at Cardtronics, makes for an ideal candidate to exercise enterprise-wide oversight of our information security program."

Assuming Garcia's previous post, Mike McCarthy joins Cardtronics as CIO, taking responsibility for the company's IT infrastructure, design and implementation of high-availability IT solutions.

A 15-year seasoned veteran of the financial services industry, McCarthy was most recently senior vice president and CIO serving the credit card and retail payments businesses at FIS, the world's largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. While at FIS, in addition to being responsible for technology architecture, integration and execution, McCarthy advised the executive team on emerging technology and industry trends, with a special focus on new product strategies and revenue opportunities.

Prior to that role at FIS, McCarthy held senior positions in information technology and business management, including CIO, with NYCE Payments Network, which provides consumers with secure, real-time access to their money, offering hundreds of thousands of ATM locations and millions of point-of-sale (POS) locations nationwide.

Making ATM cash access convenient where people shop, work and live their lives, Houston-based Cardtronics is at the convergence of retailers, financial institutions, prepaid card programs and the customers they share. Cardtronics owns and operates more than 62,800 retail ATMs in U.S. and international locales. Whether Cardtronics is driving foot traffic for America's most relevant retailers, enhancing ATM brand presence for card issuers or expanding cardholders' surcharge-free cash access on the local, national or global scene, Cardtronics is convenient access to cash, when and where consumers need it.