President, U.S. Issuers
Linda Kirkpatrick is president of U.S. issuers, responsible for managing and expanding our partnerships and business with banks and credit unions. She also serves on the company’s management committee.
Prior to this role, Linda was executive vice president of U.S. merchants and acceptance, where she led a team responsible for managing merchant and acquirer relationships in the market, as well as business development efforts in co-brand, prepaid, commercial, transit, healthcare and public sector.
Linda has held a number of leadership roles at the company since joining the company in 1997. She served as senior vice president of core merchants, responsible for relationships with many of the largest merchants in the U.S. Previously, she drove global rules and standards, compliance programs and dispute resolution management functions. She represented Mastercard in its efforts to work with policymakers on issues involving protecting the integrity of the payments system.
Prior to her roles in the U.S. region, Linda helped to establish the Investor Relations function at Mastercard. She also served as a chief of staff to the chief financial officer, where she worked on the company’s initial public offering in 2006 and merger with Europay in 2002.
Linda was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Manhattanville College, a member of the Partnership for NYC’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program, a board member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of New York and a member of the New York Transit Innovation Partnership Board.