Jamie Walker Succeeds Royal Cole as Board Chairman

June 28, 2021 – American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) announces that Jamie Walker, CEO of Elavon, will succeed Royal Cole of FIS as Chairman of the board.

The board of directors unanimously voted Walker in as their new chairman during the organization’s second quarter board meeting in Miami, Florida. Walker joined Elavon in 2001 and has served as CEO since 2017. Elavon, which is part of U.S. Bank, is a leader in payments processing. Walker has led Elavon’s global growth in North America and throughout Europe, managing acquisitions and international expansion and assessing opportunities for strategic growth.

“Royal Cole became board chairman at a pivotal moment as the ATPC and payments processing industry grappled with the realities of COVID-19 and vast economic changes,” said ATPC Executive Director H. West Richards. “We will miss Royal’s brand of leadership that provided clarity of mission, support for new initiatives that helped members address pandemic concerns, and fostered strong relationships with leaders in Washington, D.C.”

Former ATPC Chairman Royal Cole served as the ATPC Board Chair from 2019 to 2021, and under his leadership the organization launched a COVID-19 Taskforce and expanded the Cyber Council. Cole is leaving his role at FIS as Executive Vice President of Financial Institutions Payment Services in July, requiring a change in leadership for ATPC.

“Jamie Walker has been an ATPC board member for three years and served as Vice Chair so we know he is a capable leader who will go above and beyond to promote the value of America’s payments industry and support the ATPC as we continue to grow and evolve,” said Richards.

ATPC is the leading payments processing organization known for its ability to bring together industry leaders with government officials and other key stakeholders to protect, promote and preserve the industry and the economy. The Board of Directors consists of men and women in highly respected positions throughout the industry, who meet quarterly to share best practices, discuss cybersecurity and financial and technological regulation pertaining to the payments processing industry.


About the American Transaction Processors Coalition
The ATPC was created to protect, promote and preserve the interests of this critical Georgia industry through proactive public relations and government affairs activities. Current activities include federal government relations, state government education (in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio), PeachPay and the Transaction Alley Cyber Forum. For more information, visit ATPC’s website, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Frances Chang, on behalf of ATPC
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Michael Mills
Chief Strategy Officer, ATPC