Linda Kirkpatrick
President, the Americas


Linda Kirkpatrick is president of the Americas, responsible for Mastercard’s business in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This includes relationship management, business development, and execution of strategy with financial institutions, merchants, digital partners, fintechs, and governments.

Linda brings a broad understanding and appreciation of customer and stakeholder needs. Prior to this role, she served as president of North America, as well as president of US financial institutions where she expanded the company’s engagement model with banks beyond core payments. Linda also led the US acceptance organization where she deepened partnerships and service offerings with merchants and acquirers in the market, and across the enterprise. 

Since joining Mastercard in 1997, Linda has held several leadership roles, and contributed to the evolution of the company’s business model and culture. She spent over a decade in global and corporate functions, including managing standards and compliance programs, working on the company’s initial public offering, establishing the company’s investor relations function, and building commercial rigor within the organization. 

Passionate about financial inclusion and volunteerism, Linda serves on several boards including Accion, Japan Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Partnership for New York City. She sits on the Global Board of Advisors at Operation Hope and is a Trustee at Manhattanville College. The World Economic Forum named Linda a Young Global Leader in 2015 and she is a David Rockefeller Fellow. In 2020, Linda was named on the 2020 Bloomberg 50, Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual list of innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who have changed global business.

Linda graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College.