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CORE Names Mike Duffy to CEO Role as Part of Shift in Leadership, Vision

The government payments platform provider has also put a new executive team in place, including Chief Operating Officer Chris Lewis, Chief Technology Officer Andy Brooks and Chief Innovation Officer Alan Pyrz.

Government payment solutions provider CORE has announced a “strategic shift in leadership and vision” with the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Mike Duffy.

Mike Duffy.
Mike Duffy
The Chicago-based Duffy, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, previously founded and led CityBase. In his new role, he aims “to refocus the industry on delivering effective outcomes for clients and constituents,” the company said in a news release.

“I’m joining CORE because I believe this company and its people are best positioned to shape the future of gov tech at a time when governments increasingly need strong partners,” Duffy said.

Noting “the importance of people as mission-critical infrastructure,” Duffy highlighted the seasoned experience the CORE team brings to their clients.

“CORE plans to leverage its deep understanding of government operations to focus on personalized, high-touch relationships that meet the unique needs of public-sector clients,” the release added.

The company also announced the hiring of Chris Lewis as chief operating officer and Andy Brooks as chief technology officer, both of whom bring decades of experience in the gov tech and payments industries. Alan Pyrz will take on the role of chief innovation officer, with Raj Lakhani continuing as chief financial officer. Dan Paulus, the former CEO, will remain in his role as an adviser to the board.

“Mike Duffy is known for revolutionizing how major cities offer online payments to their residents,” Paulus said. “I cannot think of anyone better suited to pass the baton to.”

Said Duffy: “As local governments, counties, and municipal utilities continue to struggle with the loss of critical institutional knowledge, it is more important than ever for gov tech vendors to provide deep subject matter expertise.” Duffy said he’s enthusiastic about expanding CORE’s leadership team with highly experienced executives to enhance the firm’s impact, both for its clients and the industry as a whole.

“Since its inception in 1986, CORE has been dedicated to creating infinitely scalable solutions that deliver modern, convenient experiences in payment processing, revenue management, and customer engagement,” the news release says. “Focused innovation and a commitment to top-tier customer experiences have established CORE as a trusted, expert partner for over 1,600 public sector, government and higher-education organizations nationwide.”
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.