General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer
Noah J. Hanft is general counsel and chief franchise officer for MasterCard. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, public policy and compliance. Mr. Hanft also has responsibility for Franchise Development and Integrity, Global Diversity, Corporate Security and Information Security. He is a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Since first joining MasterCard in 1984, Mr. Hanft has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including that of senior vice president, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.
He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become senior vice president and Assistant General Counsel of AT&T Universal Card Services, where he successfully defended numerous legal and regulatory challenges initiated against AT&T’s start-up credit card operation. He was previously associated with the intellectual property law firm of Ladas & Parry in New York. He began his career as a trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society.
Mr. Hanft currently serves on the boards of the Legal Aid Society and of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, he was named General Counsel of the Year at the Global Counsel Awards.
Mr. Hanft has a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law in trade regulations, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a bachelor’s degree from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.