The Isis Story
Isis' founders - AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless - had a vision: to bring mobile commerce to life. To achieve its vision, Isis knew it had to be a business of scale. Through broad participation from the merchants, banks and brands you already know and trust, Isis has convened an industry. Many of the things in your existing wallet or purse - payment cards, loyalty cards, even coupons and offers - can be loaded on the Isis Mobile Wallet®.
The Wallet app is PIN protected and sensitive data is stored on a special chip in your phone called the Secure Element. If your phone is lost or stolen, one call or visit to our website can freeze payment cards loaded onto your Wallet and, if your smartphone still has a wireless connection, shut down the Wallet. If your phone is found, another call or website visit turns the Wallet back on.
As CEO, Michael Abbott leads Isis efforts to convene all necessary stakeholders and enable mobile commerce on a national scale, significantly modernizing the shopping experience and changing the way consumers pay and save.
Before joining Isis, Abbott spent nearly a decade with GE Capital. As CMO of the retail consumer finance division, he led strategy, marketing and product development for a host of world-class retail partners. Abbott helped transform GE Capital's private label cards division into a multi-product business driving billions in retail sales.
Prior to this, he launched a series of successful new card products as FleetBoston's executive vice president of marketing for credit card services. Abbott was also a partner at Mitchell Madison Group, where he built the firm's telecommunications practice and optimized mobile networks for major domestic and international financial services firms. Additionally, he analyzed electronic warfare intelligence data at Syracuse Research Corporation and conducted primary research for IBM Research's super-computer and communications group.
Abbott is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he studied electrical engineering and mathematics. He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Columbia University.
As CMO, Ryan Hughes is responsible for establishing and building the Isis brand, business development and product strategy, encompassing payments, loyalty, rewards and offers.
Hughes most recently spent five years with Verizon Wireless, where he played a key role in the development of the joint venture that became Isis. As vice president of business development and partner management, he managed strategic partnerships and oversaw business development in emerging platforms including mobile commerce, application ecosystems, network APIs and other critical growth initiatives. Hughes also served as Verizon Wireless' vice president of digital media programming, in which he oversaw multimedia platform content.
In addition to being a former professional hockey player, Hughes led new media business development at the National Hockey League (NHL). He oversaw the integration of NHL content across all new media platforms, including mobile and online.
Hughes is a graduate of Cornell University, where he studied business management.
As head of sales for Isis, Jim Stapleton is responsible for developing relationships with merchants, acquirers, issuers and other enterprise customers.
Prior to joining Isis, Stapleton spent more than 22 years with AT&T, where he was a key player in the development of the mobile commerce joint venture that became Isis. While at AT&T, Stapleton designed, implemented and operated direct sales organizations and indirect distribution channels, and was responsible for the launch of several flagship products. In his most recent role as executive director of business development, he led the development of AT&T's mobile payments market entry strategy, representing a key growth opportunity for the company.
Stapleton is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering. He is also a graduate of the program for management development at Harvard Business School.
As CTO, Scott Mulloy is responsible for technology and operations at Isis. He oversees the product development, project management, devices and enabling technologies, service management, and quality assurance, as well as infrastructure, architecture and security organizations.
Mulloy has more than 20 years of experience in information technology. Most recently, he served as CIO of GE Capital's commercial leasing and lending business. In this role, Mulloy was responsible for technologies supporting the leasing, loans, fleet, equity and wholesale product lines. He was also CIO for GE Capital's retail consumer finance (RCF) division, where he oversaw private label, bank card and prepaid systems. Specifically, Mulloy supported all systems supporting the private label offerings, led the launch of the dual cards on MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express, and implemented numerous merchant loyalty and offer programs.
Mulloy holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and is a published technology author.
As Chief Commerce Officer, Ed Busby leads Isis' commerce strategy development, including product, pricing and strategic relationships.
Busby brings more than 15 years of telecommunications, retail and consumer product- consulting experience to his role at Isis. Most recently, he was a partner in Boston Consulting Group's Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) practice, where he was a thought leader on digital advertising including local, social and mobile marketing. Busby is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches a course on local, social and mobile marketing. He also consults the NYC Media Lab on the topic of new media job creation in New York City.
Busby is a graduate of George Washington University, where he received bachelor's degrees in international business and Latin American studies. He also holds an M.B.A. in finance and economics from Columbia Business School.
Stephen Ambrose brings to Isis more than 30 years of legal experience in the corporate, banking and consumer finance industries. As General Counsel and Secretary, Ambrose oversees the legal, compliance, and government relations functions for Isis.
Before joining Isis, Ambrose served as managing partner of BuckleySandler LLP's office in New York, where his practice focused on transactional and regulatory matters. Prior to this, Ambrose served in various General Counsel roles at General Electric for more than 20 years, including most recently for GE Money, Americas, where he led the legal, compliance and governmental relations functions serving GE Capital's banking and consumer finance units in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Before joining GE, Ambrose was a corporate lawyer in New York at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP and at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Ambrose earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as editor of the Fordham Law Review. He also holds a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.