Garry Lyons
Garry Lyons

Garry Lyons

Chief Innovation Officer


Garry Lyons is chief innovation officer for MasterCard. In this role, he leads both the digital payments and MasterCard Labs businesses, consolidating the development and delivery of emerging digital payments solutions to ensure a simple, safe and high quality consumer and merchant experience. He sits on the company’s Management Committee.

In 2010, Lyons led the launch of MasterCard Labs, the company’s global research and development arm focused on payments innovation, delivering additional consumer shopping convenience with greater speed than ever before. MasterCard Labs is focused on looking at how advances in technology and consumer trends can help create new products and solutions. As part of its remit, the team also works with the global startup community.

Mr. Lyons has more than 20 years of experience in the software and financial services industries, primarily focused on innovation and on the technology and business development aspects of deploying complex, large scale payment systems.
He was chief executive officer of Orbiscom, a leading provider of innovative payment solutions to the global financial services industry, prior to its acquisition by MasterCard in 2008. He was with Orbiscom since its incorporation in early 1999, when he was recruited by its founders to take responsibility for all aspects of technology, innovation, delivery and support.

Prior to joining Orbiscom, Mr. Lyons held various senior technology positions in Cognotec, Credo and ICL.

He was recognized as one of Forbes’ “Next Gen Innovators” in 2014.

Mr. Lyons is a technologist by training, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications from Dublin City University. He is a member of the board of directors of Datalex plc as a non-executive director.