Benjamin Robinson

Chief Privacy Officer
MasterCard International

Benjamin Robinson is the chief privacy officer for MasterCard International, where he is responsible for managing and implementing privacy policy for the organization domestically and abroad. He also serves as president and chief executive officer for MasterCard Cardholder Solutions Inc., a MasterCard subsidiary.

Prior to his current position, Robinson was vice president of public affairs and chief policy advisor for TDS Corporation, a MasterCard subsidiary. He managed international public policy, government relations, economic analysis, and thought leadership platforms. His responsibilities included issue management and regulatory affairs for MasterCard's Global Chip and Electronic Commerce divisions; Mondex , its chip-based electronic cash program; and MULTOS , MasterCard's smart card operating system.

Robinson joined MasterCard in August 1997 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, where he held the position of director of public affairs. In 1993, Robinson was appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Consumer Credit & Insurance. As a congressional advisor to the committee, he advised former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II on banking issues affecting the United States. Prior to the United States House of Representatives, Robinson held positions with Mellon Bank as a senior cash management officer and Fleet Bank as a corporate banking officer.

Robinson majored in rhetoric at Bates College, where he was a Benjamin Mays Scholar. He holds a Master of Arts in public policy from Trinity College and a Doctor of Philosophy in banking and finance policy from The Union Graduate School.

An author of books, including Financial Privacy & Electronic Commerce Who's in My Business (Writers Club Press, 2000), as well as numerous papers and articles on the banking industry, Robinson is nationally recognized in his field. In 2002, Robinson was awarded The Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. He also serves on the faculty of the Hagan School of Business at Iona College.

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