David Yates
David Yates

David Yates

President, Global Real-Time Payments


David Yates is president of global real-time payments for Mastercard. He also serves as executive chairman of Vocalink, a Mastercard company, and is a member of the company’s management committee.

David is passionate about payments, with 30 years of experience in building payments businesses around the world. Prior to his current role, he served as CEO of Vocalink for six years.

While at Vocalink, David also served as operating partner with Advent International, advising on the acquisition of WorldPay from RBS, and served on the WorldPay Board from the initial investment through to successful IPO.

Immediately prior to Vocalink, David was president of Western Union.

Previously, David spent six years at First Data Corporation (FDC), as president, First Data International, managing all of FDC's activities outside of the U.S., including merchant acquiring, merchant transaction processing, issuer processing and ATM network solutions business units.

David has a master's degree in law from Oxford University and is fluent in German and French.