Noah Hanft has deep roots in the global financial services and technology sectors, having served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard Worldwide for more than 13 years. In addition to overseeing law, regulatory affairs, public policy, and compliance during his distinguished career, he also managed the Law & Franchise Integrity consolidated business unit of over 500 global employees with responsibility for licensing, franchise management, global diversity, philanthropy, corporate and information security, and was a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committees. One of his most outstanding accomplishments was developing and executing the strategy that drove MasterCard’s storied transition from a not-for-profit group of financial institutions to a leading public company. In addition, Noah personally managed the negotiations with stakeholders around the globe, as well as the complex securities issues involved with the transaction, that resulted in MasterCard’s highly successful IPO.
After he joined MasterCard in 1984, Noah held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including Senior Vice President, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, ultimately becoming General Counsel in 2001. He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AT&T Universal Card Services. His career began as a trial attorney with the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.