Visa Says No Digital Shakeup

Sept. 3, 2013

Amid published rumors of a shakeup in Visa’s mobile leadership team, the San Francisco-based card-network fired back, issuing a strong statement on Friday claiming reports that the company’s head of mobile had been ousted were false. Earlier that day, NFC Times reported that Bill Gajda, Visa’s head of mobile, had been dismissed from the company. Visa responded in its statement that Gadja has not left the company, but has been moved into a “broader role” with the title global head of strategic partnerships.

“[Gadja]is managing Visa’s relationships with mobile network operators, device manufacturers, and platform providers,” the statement said. “As you know, under Bill’s leadership, Visa has made significant strides advancing our mobile strategy globally and building strong alliances with leaders in the mobile industry including Samsung, Orange, MTN, and Vodafone.  Bill is reporting to Jim McCarthy who has recently been named global head of innovation and strategic partnerships.”

The company did not confirm who is ultimately responsible for mobile, but the report said the role of former PayPal executive Sam Shrauger, global head of digital, has been strengthened.

The statement also clarified the status of Elizabeth Buse, who has been named global executive, solutions. Buse’s global team will be responsible for “implementing, managing and growing Visa’s wide range of solutions, including those for digital channels, processing services, information products and merchant sales and solutions, including CyberSource.”