Choosing to Challenge – Driving Change in Fintech and Designing the Future – An Interview with Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard

An Interview for International Women's Day 2021

Orly Glick, Partner, Vintage, interviewing Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard. #ChoosingtoChallenge – Driving Change in Fintech and Designing the Future. A special interview for International Women’s Day 2021.

Orly sat down with Ann to discuss how she made her way into the fintech world, tackling pay gaps within Mastercard and diversity. Ann also shared her thoughts about bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and how Mastercard is innovating by working alongside partners and startups.


Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard – Bio

In her role as Executive Vice Chair, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to her current appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in over 200 countries.

Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S. Prior to joining Mastercard in 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABNAMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup. Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also global chair of the 30% Club and the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women. In addition, Ann is the lead non-executive board member for the UK government’s department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is a member of the UK government’s AI Council. She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University.

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