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October 21 2013

MasterCard North America President to Play Prominent Role at 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit Next Month


MasterCard to Support Summit as a Bronze Sponsor for Second Straight Year; Company Senior Vice President to Lead Working Group Session


ATLANTAOctober 22, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE (HOPE), the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that MasterCard North America President, Chris McWilton, will participate in the 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (Summit) in Atlanta, Georgia on November 13-14. MasterCard announced earlier this summer that they will support the Summit as a Bronze Sponsor.

In addition to Mr. McWilton’s attendance at the Summit, Shawn Miles, Senior Vice President, Group Head, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Strategy Counsel at MasterCard, will also participate as a Financial Inclusion Working Group session leader for the company.

“Operation HOPE and MasterCard share a common purpose to expand access to capital to more communities responsibly and I am gratified with how our partnership continues to grow,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “We are pleased that Mr. McWilton and Mr. Miles will be joining us in Atlanta next month as a bronze sponsor for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit and we appreciate MasterCard’s continued support of HOPE programs.”

As president for MasterCard North America and a member of the company’s Executive Committee, Mr. McWilton oversees all of the company's customer-facing activities in the United States and Canada, including sales, business development, business strategy and relationship management with issuers, merchants, governments and merchant acquirers. He was appointed president of U.S. Markets in 2009 and assumed North America responsibilities in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. McWilton served as president of Global Accounts, where he managed relationships on a global basis for the company's largest customers.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit, themed “Global Economic Recovery: How the Poor Can Help Save Capitalism,” will frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from more than 50 countries around the world. 

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About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow MC on Twitter@MasterCardNewsjoin the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About Operation HOPE

Operation HOPE (HOPE) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives. Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, has raised average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. At its core is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for everyone. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope, and like us on Facebook.