Ann Cairns

Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard  

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 ABN AMRO 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, the chair of  the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI  Council and the IBDE advisory board. 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.