Ogloba Expands Operations Opens North American Headquarters, Appoints Rebekka Rea as North American Chief Executive Officer

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Founding President of Retail Gift Card Association Tapped to Lead Ogloba's North American Expansion

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Rebekka played a critical role in helping to establish the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA), “said Nathan Ehrlich, Chairman of the RGCA. We’re very proud of her work at RGCA and we wish Rebekka the best in the next phase of her career.”

Ogloba Inc., a leading provider of closed loop and pre-paid solutions headquartered in Paris, France, announced today that it has opened North American Headquarters in Boston, MA. “The new US office will focus on delivering Ogloba’s exceptional service and platform innovation to their clients,” said Ogloba’s President, Paul Van der Schueren.

The company also announced the appointment of Rebekka Rea as North American Chief Executive Officer. In this newly created position, Rea will oversee sales, marketing, client services, product management, engineering, and technical operations.

Rea brings a wealth of experience to Ogloba having held senior operations, sales and marketing roles for more than fifteen years in the payments world. Most recently, she helped found and was President & Executive Director of the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA), the leading trade association for retailers who issue closed loop gift cards. Under her leadership, the RGCA grew its membership by 1100%. In addition Rea was at the forefront leading the fight on critical legislative, regulatory and card compliance issues affecting the growth of closed loop programs, such as escheatment. She also oversaw operations, marketing, and program management. Prior to the RGCA, Rea was Director of National Accounts at InComm and Director of Business Development at Blackhawk Network.

“Rebekka played a critical role in helping to establish the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) and in growing its membership over the past five years to more than 280 brands. As a result of her dedication the RGCA has become the preferred association for closed loop gift card professionals. The RGCA's published best practices and participation in critical legislative, regulatory and card compliance issues have positioned the association as the leading voice of the closed loop gift card industry,“ said Nathan Ehrlich, Chairman of the RGCA.    “We’re very proud of her work at RGCA and we wish Rebekka the best in the next phase of her career.”

“We’re excited to welcome Rebekka to our growing team; she is the perfect person to establish our leadership position in North America,” said Mr. Van der Schueren“. Her understanding of the payments industry, loyalty marketing, and experience with many of the leading retail brands in the North America will be invaluable as we bring our mobile and social offerings to market.”

About Ogloba
Ogloba unlocks new revenue opportunities for mobile operators, multichannel retailers and merchants by providing a singe digital platform which allows them to quickly launch, deploy and manage all their closed loop and pre-paid programs – including digital gift cards, cell phone top-ups, vouchers and money transfer operations – instantly and securely from a simple, easy to use management interface. Ogloba’s secure platform seamlessly manages all aspects of the integration of e-tickets (vouchers) and gift cards to thousands of EFTPOS & cash registers around the world. Ogloba clients include French retailer Carrefour, Seven Eleven, LeBara Mobile, Thailand’s largest chain of department store Central, Axiom Telecom, RTA, LuLu, EMKE Group, AEON, Zain, Emirates Integrated and Hyper Pando. To learn more about how Ogloba can help to unlock the full potential of your social and mobile commerce channels, please visit http://www.ogloba.com or email info(at)ogloba(dot)com. The company has offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.

About RGCA
The Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) is a trade group whose mission is to promote the positive attributes of closed loop gift cards. The RGCA believes that educating consumers, retailers, media and legislative groups about the difference in prepaid products is paramount to ensuring a positive gifting experience. RGCA members abide by a code of principles, which support consumer-friendly policies around the purchase, and redemption, of closed loop gift cards. RGCA membership is open to retailers, restaurants and travel-and-entertainment merchants whose primary revenue is not derived from gift cards. For more information, visit us at http://www.theRGCA.org.

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