Head of Digital Payments for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics Mastercard
Mike Cowen is Mastercard’s Head of Digital Payments
for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics. In this role he is responsible for
realising the Mastercard vision to make digital payments more secure, make payment
experiences more consistent and provide consumers with better tools to stay in
control of their money.
Prior to his current role Mike was recognised as one
of the payments industry’s leading global experts in the field of transit fare
collection. Much of this reputation was built through his long term work with
Transport for London to enable travellers to tap their contactless-enabled
payment cards (or mobile phones) to travel throughout London.
Mike joined MasterCard in 2000. In his time with the
company he has managed the Mondex Electronic Cash product, championed chip
technology in the Asia Pacific region and forged new relationships across the
public transport sector. In 2005 he was the Product Manager responsible for the
TaiwanMoney card – the world’s first deployment of contactless EMV technology.
Mike’s previous experience includes ten years in the
electronic security industry, where he specialised in access control and
identification technologies in particular advanced RFID technologies. He began
his career in the industry as a systems engineer, later moving into sales &
marketing and then product management.
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