Noah Hanft has deep roots in the global financial services and technology sectors, having served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard Worldwide for more than 13 years. In addition to overseeing law, regulatory affairs, public policy, and compliance during his distinguished career, he also managed the Law & Franchise Integrity consolidated business unit of over 500 global employees with responsibility for licensing, franchise management, global diversity, philanthropy, corporate and information security, and was a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committees. One of his most outstanding accomplishments was developing and executing the strategy that drove MasterCard’s storied transition from a not-for-profit group of financial institutions to a leading public company. In addition, Noah personally managed the negotiations with stakeholders around the globe, as well as the complex securities issues involved with the transaction, that resulted in MasterCard’s highly successful IPO.
After he joined MasterCard in 1984, Noah held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including Senior Vice President, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, ultimately becoming General Counsel in 2001. He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AT&T Universal Card Services. His career began as a trial attorney with the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.
Most recently, Noah was the President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a non-profit organization created by general counsel with a mission to find the most effective means to prevent and resolve business conflict.
Under his leadership, CPR won accolades for innovation and development of best and next practices in dispute prevention and conflict resolution. Recognized globally for his skills as an independent arbitrator, mediator, and advisor to companies on dispute resolution strategies, he has devoted his career to finding the most effective and efficient resolutions for resolving conflict, including litigation.
Noah currently serves on the panels of the American Arbitration Association and FINRA and is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. Noah also serves on the Mediation Panels for the Second Circuit, the Southern District of New York, the NYS Supreme Court, Commercial Division, and the EEOC. In addition, he serves on the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 2012, the Association of Corporate Counsel named him General Counsel of the Year at the Global Counsel Awards, after reviewing the credentials of 3,500 nominees.
Noah received an LL.M from New York University School of Law in Trade Regulation, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.A. from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.
Corporate Secretary Function and Governance
Crisis Management Planning
Developing the Secretary Board Relationship
General Counsel Confidant
Mentoring Speaking Succession Planning Development
Succession Planning, Assessment and Development