Executive Vice President, Merchants & Acceptance
Linda Kirkpatrick is executive vice president, Merchants & Acceptance at Mastercard. In this role, she is responsible for U.S. business development, merchant and acquirer relationships and pricing. Prior to this role, Ms. Kirkpatrick was senior vice president, Core Merchants, responsible for the largest U.S. merchants in the retail, drug and grocery, fuel, travel and restaurant verticals.
Previously, Ms. Kirkpatrick was group head, 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, Ms. Kirkpatrick was the head of Business Administration and Communications for the U.S.
Ms. Kirkpatrick has been with Mastercard since 1997. Prior to her role in U.S. Markets, she 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.
Ms. Kirkpatrick 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 and a Board Member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of NY.