Executive Vice President, U.S. Merchants and Acceptance
Linda Kirkpatrick is executive vice president of U.S. merchants and acceptance for Mastercard. In this role, she is 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 also oversees the company’s efforts to grow and enhance relationships with the merchant community across the globe and serves on the company’s management committee.
Prior to this role, Linda was senior vice president of core merchants, responsible for the largest U.S. merchants in the retail, drug and grocery, fuel, travel and restaurant verticals. Previously, Linda was senior vice president of franchise development, where she drove global rules and standards, compliance programs, data integrity 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.
Additionally, Linda was the head of business administration and communications for the U.S. region. She has been with Mastercard since 1997. Prior to her role in U.S. Markets, 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.