The Merchant Risk Council seeks an executive director

The e-payments security group also bids adieu to its Americans manager.

Thad Rueter

The Merchant Risk Council, a Seattle-based group that promotes e-commerce payment security, is searching for an executive director. The organization is conducting the search as Tom Donlea, its managing director of the Americas for seven years, is preparing to leave. He says his resignation becomes official on Thursday.

A spokesman for the group says the two events are not linked, but notes that Donlea shared leadership duties with other employees.

“As the MRC has developed and grown, we have engaged in a variety of staffing structures to meet our needs,” including a single executive and shared leadership, he says. “As we continue to grow globally to nearly 400 merchant members and 60-plus sponsor members, the MRC is looking for a senior executive to take us to that next level.”

Donlea joined the Merchant Risk Council in 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile. “Two things that bring me special satisfaction are growing revenues nearly six times during my tenure and launching MRC Europe.”

In 2010, the Merchant Risk Council opened an office in Spain.

Donlea did not say where his next job would be, though he indicated it would be in the for-profit world. “Seven years at this nonprofit, with nearly 20 total at nonprofits—time to go into industry in a sales [or] marketing role,” he says. 


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