Karen Griffin
Karen Griffin

Karen Griffin

Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer


Karen M. Griffin is the chief compliance officer for Mastercard. As the head of Global Compliance and Employment Law, Ms. Griffin is responsible for building and executing the strategic vision for the Mastercard ethics and compliance system encompassing a broad set of integrated programs including Ethics, Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions. She also oversees the internal investigations of employee fraud and misconduct related to violations of law and company policy.

Prior to joining Mastercard in 2014, Ms. Griffin served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Visa Inc. where she was responsible for the development and execution of the enterprise-wide ethics and compliance system when the company went public in 2008. Ms. Griffin also served as vice president of the Office of Business Conduct at Alcatel-Lucent from 2006 to 2008 after the company merged with Lucent Technologies where she served as the vice president of Corporate Compliance, and held the role of vice president of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities in parallel with the compliance position from 2004 to 2006. Previously, she was the head of Global Quality and held various leadership positions in supply chain management from 1996 to 2003. Prior to Lucent's IPO in 1996, she worked at AT&T, moving through roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, project management and customer satisfaction.

Ms. Griffin earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.