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James Wester

Research Director, Global Payments

James Wester is Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for the global payments practice.  Mr. Wester’s core research coverage includes the evolution of payment networks and technology, developing fraud and security risks, and legal and regulatory issues. Based on his background covering the mobile payment space, Mr. Wester’s research also includes a particular emphasis on mobile and alternative payment methods and the threats and opportunities now facing the entire payment ecosystem from evolving mobile technologies.


Previously, James was founding editor of Mobile Payments Today, the first news site dedicated to mobile payments, commerce and financial services. He also served as an affiliate analyst with Yankee Group covering mobile and emerging payments. Prior to launching Mobile Payments Today, Mr. Wester was Director of Corporate Communications for merchant acquirer Chase Paymentech. Before joining Chase Paymentech, Mr. Wester worked for AOL LLC managing the company’s $60 million payment budget and serving as the internal subject matter expert on payments, data security and best practices.



  • M.S in IT Management from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
  • B.A. in English/Communications from Drury University
  • Frequent speaker, presenter and moderator at industry conferences as well as providing analysis for multiple media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and Re/Code.

James blogs as part of the IDC Insights Community, and you can also follow him on Twitter @jameswester.

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