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MasterCard has many impressive women leaders running various parts of their business. Exceptional talent, diverse perspectives and global views are important to Mastercard.

Ann Cairns is President, International Markets

Ann Cairns is President, International Markets for Mastercard, responsible for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside of North America. As a member of the company’s Executive Committee and based in London, England, she leverages the company’s seamless global structure and presence to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Ann Cairns brings more than 20 years of experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US, running global retail and investment banking operations. Prior to joining Mastercard in August 2011, she was a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Industry Services group for Europe with Alvarez & Marsal in London. From 2008 to 2011, she led the European team managing the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process.

Previously, Ann Cairns was Chief Executive Officer, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO in London, where she managed a global business with over 5 billion euros in revenue in 50 countries. Ann Cairns covered the commercial, retail and financial institutions segments, reporting to the Group Board and serving on the bank’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining ABN-AMRO, she spent 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup, including Chief Operating Officer, e-Business, where she led US, European and Japanese operations. She also served as Trustee of Charity Bank in the UK.

At the start of her career, Ann Cairns spent time as an award-winning Research Engineer, culminating as the head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas. Managing a team of 50 plus engineers, she was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain. She received a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University and a Master of Science in Statistics from Newcastle University, U.K.

Martina Hund-Mejean is Chief Financial Officer

Martina Hund-Mejean is Chief Financial Officer for MasterCard. In this position, she is responsible for Corporate Control, Tax, Internal Audit, Investor Relations, Strategy, M&A, Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury, Risk Management, Global Supply Chain, Business Unit Finance and Regional Finance.

Prior to joining MasterCard in 2007, Martina Hund-Mejean served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Tyco International Ltd. She joined Tyco in 2002 as part of its “new” management with responsibility for all areas of treasury, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. During her tenure with Tyco, she executed $6 billion in financings in order to address Tyco’s 2002/2003 liquidity crisis. She also revamped the company’s capital structure, including debt reduction and share repurchase programs; introduced a new banking infrastructure; implemented revised risk management processes; and was instrumental in streamlining Tyco’s business portfolio, including the 2007 separation of Tyco’s Healthcare and Electronics businesses.

Prior to Tyco, she was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Lucent Technologies Inc. (now Alcatel-Lucent). In this position, her responsibilities included capital markets, corporate finance, banking, credit and risk management, and investor relations. From 1988 to 2000, Martina Hund-Mejean held a series of finance positions of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corporation, both in the US and the UK, including the assistant treasurer post. She began her corporate career as a credit analyst at Dow Chemical in Frankfurt, Germany.

Martina Hund-Mejean has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk Management magazine three times, one of the “Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker magazine for three consecutive years, and was also named “Woman of the Year – Private Sector” by the Financial Women’s Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc., a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Virginia, Darden School Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce-New York.

Martina Hund-Mejean received a master's degree in economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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