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Laura Kelly, Senior Vice President of Global Prepaid Solutions at MasterCard Worldwide, has been in the prepaid sector for about three years. Laura joins MasterCard’s team with a background in finance and operations.

Controlling five of the worlds largest prepaid programs, MasterCard is on the forefront of prepaid innovation. They will continue to provide a versatile payment solution from gift cards to payroll.

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Executive Bio: Laura Kelly leads efforts to develop and deliver prepaid MasterCard program solutions to the global marketplace that deliver consumer value, enhance customer profitability and differentiate MasterCard. With direct oversight of the MasterCard prepaid business operations, Ms. Kelly is responsible for ensuring that MasterCard, its customer financial institutions and partners succeed and benefit from prepaid program innovation and growth. Prior to this position, she served as senior vice president for Global Debit Strategy and Business Administration at MasterCard.

Prior to joining MasterCard, Ms. Kelly served as a senior vice president and chief operating officer for Southwest Business Corporation, and additionally, she ran the Supply Chain and Process Improvement practices for The Concours Group. Ms. Kelly spearheaded USAA’s alliance management and business development efforts and served as CFO for USAA’s retail company.

Ms. Kelly was as an active duty military officer for the Department of the Air Force. Ms. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree from Samford University in Business. She has received the designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). She is also a former Board Director for the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Security Service Federal Credit Union. Ms. Kelly is married and has one son.  

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