John Drechny

CEO, Merchant Advisory Group

John has been CEO of the Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) since 2019. As CEO, John helps MAG’s merchant members drive positive change and innovation in the payments industry, serving merchants’ interests
through collaboration, education, and advocacy. Under John’s leadership, the MAG has grown considerably and launched new efforts including Tech Forum, MAG APAC, and Merchant Payments self-directed eLearning series.

Prior to joining the MAG, John enjoyed a 20-year career at Walmart holding various leadership positions
in Payments Acceptance, Marketing, and Financial Services. As part of the leadership of Walmart’s
Payments team, John helped shape and implement a comprehensive strategy increasing the ease of
payments in an omni-channel environment while ensuring Walmart could deliver on its brand promise
of helping its customers save more so they can live better.

In addition to his work at the MAG and Walmart, John has participated in many cross-functional payments industry groups including the Faster Payments Council and U.S. Payments Forum, where he has held Board positions. John also speaks at many of the payments industry’s key events. Industry stakeholders have recognized John for his ability to collaborate, find common ground, and drive positive outcomes from opposing views.

John attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He
currently lives in Venice, Florida.