CAIRO: Visa announced today that Joseph W. Saunders has been named Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Visa Inc. In this position, Saunders will be responsible for leading Visa’s transition to a global public company. He will also help recruit a chief executive officer and board members for Visa Inc. “Joe will play a critically important role at Visa during our transition, using his experience as a leader at public companies in the payments industry to help us create a world-class organization that is well positioned for growth, said William I. Campbell, chairman of the Visa International’s Board of Directors. “His strong reputation and contacts within the business community will enhance our ability to attract top-tier talent to lead Visa Inc.
“This is an exciting time in Visa’s history and I am very proud to join the team leading the company through this transition, said Saunders. “I look forward to using my industry knowledge and my experience helping companies with significant integration and restructuring projects to contribute to Visa’s continued success.
Visa’s boards of directors unanimously approved Saunders’ appointment to this position based on his vast industry experience and his role as a member of the boards of directors for Visa USA and Visa International.
Based in San Francisco, he will report directly to Visa Inc.’s Transition Governance Committee, which has governance authority over the restructuring process and is comprised of representatives from all of the Visa regions, Inovant and Visa International. As a result of his appointment to this position, Saunders relinquished his role on other Visa Boards. He will serve as chairman or lead director of Visa Inc.’s board of directors through its eventual initial public offering.
Saunders’ career in financial services spans more than 30 years. From 1997 to 2001, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Credit Card Services at FleetBoston Financial Corporation.
Prior to joining FleetBoston, Saunders spent twelve years at Household International, where he held various senior roles, including chief executive of card services and head of the private label credit card business. Saunders received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Denver.