Ann Cairns, Mastercard Executive Vice Chair, Announced as Featured Speaker at PayTechWomenLive, Presented by Wnet

Press Release
September 11, 2020

November 5, 2020 Virtual Event to Host Mastercard’s Ann Cairns:
“Undoing 50 Years of Progress: The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality”

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – September 11, 2020 The Wnet today announced the second in their new series of virtual events. PayTechWomenLive – an interactive, 90 minute international event will be held on November 5, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. ET/16:30 GMT. The live, online experience  features senior global ambassador and executive leader Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard, in conversation with Jessica Turner, EVP, North America Products & Innovation, Mastercard, as well as interactive, small-group breakouts moderated by senior payments professionals. To learn more about PayTechWomenLive, visit

Registration Opens September 11, 2020 for Wnet’s PayTechWomenLive 

“We are excited to have an international payments executive as our featured speaker,” said Wnet CEO Wendy Holliday. “Ann Cairns is a well-known leader on issues of diversity and inclusion and is passionate about the challenges of seeking gender equality, both from a historical and future perspective. Her discussion about gender inequities is so relevant as we all struggle with work-life balance during Covid-19.”

Known as one who is not afraid to break through barriers in male-dominated professions – she was the first woman in the UK to work offshore on oil and gas rigs! – Ann builds global partnerships with governments, telecommunication companies and humanitarian organizations. She focuses on connecting women, especially those in developing countries, to gain better access to financial services.

“Ann Cairns’ commitment to inclusion calls for greater representation of women across all levels of international organizations, something we fully support,” said Wnet President Joan Herbig. “As a global change agent, Ann believes that optimism, inclusion and communication are key, especially during a pandemic when much of the longer-term economic impact will be burdened by women. Her insights at PayTechWomenLive will show how a post-Covid-19 business environment that works better for women works better for everyone.”

PayTechWomenLive presented by Wnet on Nov. 5, 2020, with Featured Speaker Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard.  Register at

In her role as Executive Vice Chair, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to her current appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in more than 200 countries. 

Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S. Prior to joining Mastercard in 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup.

Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also global chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board. She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University.

Breakout Sessions Moderated by Global Payment and Fintech Leaders 
Following Ann’s discussion and Q&A hosted by Jessica Turner, EVP of North America Products & Innovation, Mastercard, attendees will join small-group sessions to discuss Ann’s advice about the impact of Covid-19 and gender equality on the careers of women worldwide. These breakout networking sessions will be led by some of the most successful global leaders in payments and fintech from the Wnet community and Executive Team, including, but not limited to:

  • Christine Lee, CEO, Billing Tree; President, Electronic Transactions Association (ETA);
  • Gail Burgos, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Global Payments Inc.;
  • Jodie Kelley, CEO, Electronic Transactions Association (ETA);
  • Joe Carella, Assistant Dean, Eller Executive Education, University of Arizona;
  • Kelly Beatty, Chief Transformation Officer, FIS;
  • Liz Pike, President and Managing Director, Green Rhino Recruitment;
  • Mary Uslander, SVP Product Management, Product Commercialization and Client Experience, Fiserv;
  • Nicole Baxby, Director of Customer Success, Featurespace;
  • Polly Van Duser, Senior Partner, Payments & Fintech - North America, Greenings International;
  • Rawan Shawar, Lead Software Engineer, ACI Worldwide;
  • Serena Smith, Executive, Financial Services - Realpage, Inc.;
  • Stacy Hughes, Chief Information Security Officer, Global Payments; and
  • Velera Wilson, Author, Speaker, Marketing Director, Fiserv. 


About Wnet

The Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) – celebrating 15 years of empowering and investing in women – is the premier professional organization for women in payments and the men who advocate for them, providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their careers. The organization provides world-class national and regional programming, fosters networking and promotes mentoring to help members achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity. Founded in 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit