Mastercard appoints Safdar Khan as division president for SEA

He is responsible for implementing the multi-rail digital payments agenda in 10 SEA markets.

Mastercard has appointed Safdar Khan as Division President for Southeast Asia (SEA), an expansion of his former role as division president, SEA emerging markets.

In his new role, Khan is responsible for implementing Mastercard’s multi-rail digital payments agenda in 10 Southeast Asian markets and delivering increased value to the company’s stakeholders, the payments company said.

Khan’s previous role saw him in charge of growing the company’s services offerings. He was reportedly instrumental in launching several firsts in the region including dual-chip cards and QR-on-Card technology in Vietnam.  

Under his leadership, Mastercard also undertook strategic partnerships in Indonesia to build and sustain local relevance, gaining market share leadership. 

Khan also played a key role in taking  Mastercard’s cyber and intelligence solutions beyond the payments industry, the card payments network said.

Khan started his career with Mastercard in 2006. He has since held numerous leadership positions, including division president, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei; country manager, Malaysia and Brunei; country manager, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait; and lead, HSBC Global Key Account, South Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

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