Head of US Bankcard & Merchant Solutions and Head of Commercial Product Integration
TD Bank Group
Canada-founded TD Bank (initially known as the Toronto-Dominion Bank) has been on a rapid growth spree lately, especially in the U.S., where over the last decade it rocketed to become the eighth-largest retail bank in the country by assets. That makes Pukas’ role as the head of the United States bankcard and merchant solutions group at TD especially vital. Pukas has been with TD since early 2014, and came right into the high-growth area, beginning as head of U.S. merchant services. One secret to her and TD’s recent success? Appreciating where people come from: “I found my first finance job through a classified ad and worked with a Philadelphia bank to educate people on how to use their ATM card for purchases at merchants during the very early days of changes taking place in the payments space. I was hooked.” Prior to TD, she spent nearly 18 years at Citi and served at smaller banks in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Jacksonville.