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Rob Tourt Named Chairperson of PCI Security Standards Council

Rob Tourt, VP, network services at Discover Financial Services and member of the PCI Security Standard Council's executive committee, will take over as chairperson of the council effective Jan. 1, 2008. Tourt succeeds current chairperson, Seana Pitt, VP, global merchant policy and data quality, American Express, Global Network Operations, who has led the Council since its inception in September 2006.

Per the council's bylaws, the chairperson is rotated annually from each of the five payment card brands that make up the council's board of directors: American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa.

The PCI Security Standards Council, is a global, open industry standards body that provides management of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PCI PIN Entry Device (PED) Security Requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

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