The way we pay for things goes to the very heart of the way we live today. And the world of payments is going through the most thrilling transformation imaginable. All our preconceptions around the nature of money are being challenged and within that, the way we pay is changing at breakneck speed. The long-term decline of cash continues, and new payment methods – which are increasingly powered by leading-edge technology – are competing ferociously to gain a share of our physical and digital wallets. Volumes are growing, payment options are expanding, and complexity is intensifying.

This pace of change and complexity is why meaningful collaboration is crucial to creating impactful mutual benefits for payments firms and merchants alike.

Impactful Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships team focuses on expanding CMSPI’s relationships and level of engagement globally with key payments industry stakeholders. We work with our Global 500 merchant clients, and their payments partners to maximize performance and drive meaningful mutual benefit.

The group of partners encompasses networks, acquirers and processors, issuers, alternative payment methods (APMs), orchestrators, PSPs, gateways, fraud providers, and more.

Modernizing Data Engagement & Sharing


Collaborating on behalf of mutual merchant clients to streamline and improve data sharing capabilities to support payment strategy enhancements and efficiencies.

Solutions and Capabilities


While we do not enter into reseller or referral agreements, our team is current on industry partner solutions, capabilities, and coverage. We collaborate with partners to share product detail and solution capabilities and overviews directly with CMSPI’s merchant relationship managers. Our industry experts work directly with clients to help them identify prospective supplier partners and enhance the scope of existing partner engagements. All with the goal of creating a positive impact on the consumer purchasing experience.

Content Sharing & Thought Leadership


Our expert insights team collaborates with partners to provide thought leadership that drives understanding, better decision making, and positive change in the payments industry.

Connect with our partnerships team

Elizabeth Garner Divelbiss

SVP, Strategic Partnerships & Insights

Austin, TX

Liz and her team foster collaboration between all areas of retail payments.

Angela Grunte

Head of Network, Acquirer and Gateway Relationships

Seattle, WA

Angie works with key industry stakeholders and partners to foster collaboration and innovation across the global payments ecosystem.

Latest Insights from CMSPI

Our economists and global analysts deliver insights that help our clients shape their payments strategies to save millions and stay ahead of the curve of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex market.

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