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Pat Thelen, Ripple’s VP of Strategic Accounts, has been recently appointed as one of U.S Faster Payment Council’s (FPC) directors. He was also among the first elected board members of the Council. The list of the selected members was out on Monday and Thelen was chosen from a list of people in the larger technological sector industry. Thelen will be serving a one year term.

The appointment of the directors, including Thelen, was met with a lot of positive reaction online. This enthusiasm was shared by the Council itself, whose Executive Director and interim board Chairman, Kevin Christensen, said

“The new board represents the industry’s inclusiveness which is an integral part of the organization.”

FPC is leading the way for presenting avenues for faster payment methods. Hence, Thelen and other representatives on the Council are expected to take greater initiative in fulfilling the Council’s objectives. Ripple was created for a similar goal, with XRP born to do transactions at a faster speed than what Bitcoin, or any other present-day payment settlement system, is doing.

With Pat Thelen becoming a part of the FPC, many doors and opportunities are now open to Ripple, XRP and companies in the field of making global payment settlement more secure, quicker and more accessible for a diverse set of consumers. With CEO Brad Garlinghouse claiming that he did not expect banks and governments to be “obliterated by new technologies,” Ripple’s work within the FPC may accelerate its goal to reduce the friction in global commerce.

With Ripple now as a part of FPC, it has also opened doors for other cryptocurrencies as well. The FPC is a newly-formed organization, one that aims to provide a platform for Americans to do transactions in a safe, instant and cost-effective manner.

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