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Noah J. Hanft

Noah J. Hanft

MasterCard Worldwide
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Franchise Integrity Officer
Purchase, NY, USA


Noah J. Hanft is general counsel and chief franchise integrity officer for MasterCard Worldwide. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, public policy and compliance. Mr. Hanft also has responsibility for Franchise Development, Global Diversity, Corporate Security and Payment System Integrity, which includes oversight of Fraud Management, Security and Risk Services, and Global Product and Information Security. He is a member of the company's Executive Committee.

Since first joining MasterCard in 1984, Mr. Hanft has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including that of senior vice president, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.

He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become senior vice president and Assistant General Counsel of AT&T Universal Card Services, where he successfully defended numerous legal and regulatory challenges initiated against AT&T's start-up credit card operation.  He was previously associated with the intellectual property law firm of Ladas & Parry in New York. He began his career as a trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Hanft currently serves on the boards of the Legal Aid Society and of Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In 2012, he was named General Counsel of the Year at the Global Counsel Awards.

Mr. Hanft has a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law in trade regulations, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a bachelor's degree from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.
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