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MasterCard hires VP to stregthen cyber-security push

MasterCard hires VP to stregthen cyber-security push

MasterCard says it has hired Alexander N.M. Niejelow as a senior vice president of public policy, to fortify its global public policy team responsible for cyber-security.

According to the payments technology company, Niejelow will drive policy efforts in the areas of cyber-security and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues. He will work with members of the global public policy and information governance and privacy teams.

Niejelow served as director for cyber-security policy on President Obama’s National Security Council. He was also chief of staff to the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he helped coordinate the administration’s efforts to develop and enforce intellectual property and patent policies, according to MasterCard.

“Alex’s deep understanding of domestic and international cyber-security threats will help our efforts in working with partners and governments across the globe,” Tim Murphy, general counsel of MasterCard says.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Niejelow was a senior associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he analyzed and provided recommendations on enhancing the security of the global pharmaceutical supply chain. He worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rikind, Wharton & Garrison before joining the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 as a senior advisor on international trade policy and operations.

Niejelow holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University.

This latest appointment becomes effective from February 8, 2016, the company says.

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