PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Blackhawk Network CEO and President, Talbott Roche, has been named the 2017 recipient of the "Award for Innovation" in the second annual Women in Payments USA Awards. Decided by a committee of women with diverse payments industry expertise, the awards honor female leaders in the U.S. payments ecosystem in six different categories.
The "Award for Innovation" recognizes a woman who has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision and perseverance in her organization or the payments industry as a whole. Roche was selected for her pioneering ideas that have significantly impacted the course of payments globally. From her initial concept of the third-party gift card mall; to positioning Blackhawk at the forefront of the merging of payments, prepaid and loyalty; to the important expansion of branded value products into incentive and reward channels, Roche's advancements have helped Blackhawk to grow into a diversified multichannel company with operations in 26 countries.
"Talbott has been a tireless advocate for the payments industry and frequently works with consumer and business stakeholders to propel the industry forward," said Bill Tauscher, executive chairman of Blackhawk Network. "Her leadership has been integral to Blackhawk's success and contributed significantly to the maturation and evolution of the payments industry. We are grateful to Talbott for her invaluable contributions and congratulate her on this outstanding achievement."
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk's Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries.