Christopher Burns, CEO

christopher-burnsChristopher Burns is Chief Executive Officer of First Atlantic Commerce. He joined FAC in 2004 and was appointed CEO in September, 2011. Christopher has extensive experience in international, offshore and domestic card payments systems and ecommerce acquiring. Prior to the post of CEO, Christopher served as SVP of Business Development at FAC, where he was responsible for all aspects of client relationship management, bank acquirer relationships and strategic partnerships. He holds a BA (hons) degree in Business Management and worked in the UK for many years before returning to Bermuda.

Ronnie Viera, Chief Operating Officer

ronnie-vieraRonnie Viera has spent more than a decade heading up Information Technology departments in three different companies including The Argus Group, a Bermuda insurance company; Capital G Bank Limited, a Bermuda-based bank; and from 2000-2004, First Atlantic Commerce. He has over 30 years of experience in IT and Operations. Ronnie is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He also has experience across various industries including Banking, Insurance and E-Commerce. Prior to his post as COO, Ronnie was SVP of Information Technology & Operations.

Eldred F. Garcia, PCIP, Sr. Vice President, New Business & Partner Development

tricia-lines-hillEldred brings 25+ years of experience in the payments industry through banking, consulting, the major credit card brands, processor, 3rd party vendors, and on the merchant side as well. Eldred’s focus has been primarily in the credit card industry and more specifically with emerging technologies and fraud prevention. While at Visa, Eldred was responsible for cardholder authentication in e-commerce for Latin America and the Caribbean region. Eldred also directed the Latin America and Caribbean region for TowerGroup, a research and consulting firm in Boston owned by MasterCard, Accertify, a fraud prevention company owned by American Express, EPX, an international payments processor, and most recently Bluefin, the first PCI-Validated P2PE solutions provider in North America. On the merchant side, Eldred owned and operated a restaurant & entertainment establishment where he launched the first “Hot Zone” in partnership with the local city and a fortune 500 telecommunications company. Eldred served in the City of Miami’s Technology Advisory Board and with the United States Secret Service MECTF and ADFIN Groups and was head of the EMV Readiness Committee.Eldred holds a BA in International Business and Management from FIU and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Barry University and is a 14-year veteran as a non-commissioned medical officer in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.


Corinne Leite, SVP & CFO

Corinne Leite has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has over 15 years experience as a senior finance executive across a variety of industries, both public and private. Most recently, she has provided senior executive consulting services to a breadth of Bermuda based companies. Corinne is responsible for the finance team as well as the corporate administration of the company.

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