Currency News is published by Currency Publications Ltd, a joint venture between Reconnaissance International and Currency Research Ltd.
Reconnaissance International is a leading provider of business intelligence for the document protection, personal identification and brand authentication sectors and publisher of the specialised industry newsletters Holography News, Authentication News and Tax Stamp News. It also organizes security printing, authentication and anticounterfeiting conferences for specific market sectors and publishes reference books, industry reports and studies on authentication markets and technologies.
Currency Research (CR) is an international organization that believes education and communication are fundamental to the growth and innovation within the currency and cash handling industries. CR organizes seminars and conferences where industry leaders can come together to learn, discuss, and network in a unique and engaging atmosphere. CR offers community and communication within the industry and provide professional consulting and research services to both the government and commercial sectors.
Currency News is compiled by a team comprising some of the most authoritative and influential voices in the business. These include the Board of Advisors, who advise on the direction and development of Currency News, and a network of researchers and writers from key sectors of the currency industry around the world. Together, this team is uniquely placed to provide information and in-depth analysis of currency on a global scale.
Astrid Mitchell: spent 25 years in marketing and strategic development for De La Rue, Applied Optical Technologies and Bundesdruckerei. As well as editing Currency News, she is a Director for Reconnaissance International, editor of Tax Stamp News and also Event Director for the Tax Stamp Forum, the Coin Conference and the High Security Printing Conferences.
Board of Advisors
Michael Boehm: spent his career with Giesecke & Devrient, culminating as Managing Director of the Louisenthal paper division. He remains an advisor to the G&D Board.
Mark Crickett: has worked in the currency industry since joining De La Rue in 1983, and was Director of Marketing for the Currency Division for 12 years. He now works as a Policy Advisor on a consultancy basis.
Tom Ferguson: with the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1974-2005, from 1998 until his retirement as its Director. Tom was responsible for the production of all US currency and is one of the best known figures in the banknote industry.
Eugenie Foster: formerly Cash Manager for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she advised on matters relating to counterfeit deterrent, design, distribution and oversaw the Federal Reserve's currency and coin operations. Prior to joining the Fed, Genie spent 12 years at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where she served in a number of positions, including as Project Director for the 1996 design series and as Assistant Director, in which position she led the BEP's planning, design and construction of its Western Currency Facility.
James Hussey: a veteran of 25 years with De La Rue plc, latterly as its CEO, and now advisor to the Board of Oberthur.
Brian Lang: former head of currency at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, from which he retired in 2007, Brian is now engaged in consultancy on behalf of mints and substrate suppliers.
Francis Ravez: the current general secretary of the European Security Transport Association (ESTA), Francis has many years experience in the CIT industry and is a board member of the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA).
Keith Richbell: a financial services executive with over 20 years' experience in retail banking, e-commerce and payment systems. Keith is currently with the payments organisation Vocalink.
Raul Sierra: formerly with the Banco de Mexico where he spent 31 years, the last 16 of which were in Direccion de Emision, first as head of industrial engineering and of origination, pre-press and inks and latterly as Principal Cashier responsible for guaranteeing the supply of banknotes and coins required by the country's economy.