December 19, 2006, 12:00 AM

Merchant Risk Council names its first executive director

Tom Donlea, a veteran in managing not-for-profit organizations, will guide the formerly all-volunteer organization though new initiatives including expansion.


The Merchant Risk Council has named its first executive director. Tom Donlea, most recently executive director of Social Venture Partners International, a network of 23 venture philanthropy organizations, comes to the association with 15 years of non-profit management experience.

“Having someone with Tom Donlea’s experience in running top-notch non-profit organizations is key to us creating and executing on a new vision for what the MRC can do,” says Chairman Tom Sullivan, who is senior director of e-commerce risk at Expedia Inc., operator of travel site

Donlea will be guiding the Council, which is organized to prevent online fraud and promote secure e-commerce in the retail industry, through a number of new initiatives. Among them, he will work on expanding the strategic vision for the Merchant Risk Council in collaboration with the board; strengthening the connection between member merchants for learning, sharing and networking; and advancing action committees formed by merchants, vendors, law enforcement and card associations to improve systems for e-commerce fraud reduction.

The Merchant Risk Council also has relocated, moving its offices from Austin, Texas to Seattle.


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