TORONTO, March 16, 2015 /CNW/ - MasterCard today announced the appointment of Brian Lang as the new President of its Canadian operations.
In his new role, Lang will be charged with driving the regional strategy to expand and grow the business while delivering new payments technology in the market. He was most recently the head of business development for MasterCard in the Middle East and Africa. In this role he expanded card acceptance in markets like Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan while establishing payment innovations like new wallet platforms in United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Lang returns to Canada having previously worked for LANG + Assoc., Aeroplan, Air Canada, and CIBC.
"Brian will be a strong leader for us in Canada. He has a deep understanding of the Canadian market and the payments industry with a long track record of success in serving customers around the world. He will continue to deliver growth and differentiate MasterCard as we expand and launch new payment technologies in the market," said Chris McWilton, President, North American Markets.
Lang is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has served on Junior Achievement Boards in 3 regions leaving the Chairmanship of JA Africa. Brian also serves as a trustee on the Adair Trust.
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am eager to move back to Canada. My focus will be to keep growing our business while leveraging our strength as a strong payments technology player. We will continue to open new verticals and expand the reach in the Canadian market," said Brian Lang.
Lang will assume his responsibilities on May 1, 2015. He succeeds Betty DeVita who moves on to the new role of Chief Commercial Officer with MasterCard Labs. In her new role, DeVita will be responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships focused on commercializing existing and future pipeline of MasterCard Lab assets.
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