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2017 Women in payments®
educator award recipient
Head of Global Payment and Deposit Platforms for Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sarah Billings, Managing Director, is Head of Global Payment and Deposit Platforms for Global Transaction Services at BofAML.

Ms. Billings is responsible for leading the long-term strategy for the transformation of the bank’s international payment and deposit platforms. She works closely with the bank’s technology and regional partners to manage end-to-end delivery, including global core banking requirements, product rollout and client migrations.

Ms. Billings joined the company in February 2011. Previously, while at ABN AMRO Bank, she held a variety of leadership roles, including having responsibility for the bank’s North American GTS Strategic Planning and Innovation including Ecommerce Product and Consulting.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Billings lives in Chicago. She is active with several payments industry advisory boards and volunteers for several local organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Chicago Sinai Congregation.


A consummate educator Sarah Billings has been a passionate advocate for payments throughout her career promoting a better understanding of the complexity of our industry both inside and outside of her organization. A frequent speaker and participant on advisory boards, committees and forums she excels in tailoring her communication and approach in accordance with her audience. Her thoughtful, common sense style makes her the ‘go-to’ person for both junior talent and senior executives.

A huge promoter of diversity, mentorship and ongoing learning, Elizabeth has been heavily engaged in the Power of 10, a grass roots networking organization that connects director level women with senior executives in a more causal social setting. Inspired by this concept and wanting to include more junior diverse talent she created Four-for-Lunch, a monthly meeting of four women leaders who are invited to discuss business challenges and brainstorm opportunity creation.

As we all know transformation and change management are the buzzwords of our age, and Sarah uses education to help remove fear and resistance to change across an organization, she facilitates discussions, encourages debate and is recognized as a thought leader. Her thirst for knowledge and her capacity and generosity in sharing it with others makes Sarah our Women in Payments 2017 Award Winner for Education.
Other 2017 Award Winners
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Talbott Roche
CEO and President
Blackhawk Network
distinguished payments professional
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Donna Embry
Chief Payments Advisor
Payment Alliance International
award recipient
Elizabeth Thiessen
Managing Director, Treasury Sales Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
rising star
award recipient
Eileen Holcomb
Lead for Strategic Capabilities & Investments
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
award recipient
Cynthia Knowles
VP Payments Engagement
FIS Global Retail Payments
award recipient
Leah Middlebrook
VP Market Development, International Markets
FIS Global Retail Payments
award recipient
Serena Smith
SVP, Head of International Payments and CAO
FIS Global Retail Payments
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