Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors.
Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and is a founding Trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Mr. Banga is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and co-chairs the board of directors of the American India Foundation. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.
Mr. Banga serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and the Financial Services Roundtable, as well as vice chairman of the Business Council. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the board of governors of the American Red Cross. Mr. Banga serves on the board of directors of The Dow Chemical Company.
Prior to Mastercard, Mr. Banga was chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance.
Mr. Banga began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.
He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.