Mastercard names Warren Kneeshaw as head of investor relations
Mr. Kneeshaw joins Mastercard on September 6 from Qualcomm, where he was vice president of investor relations, serving as the company’s primary contact with the investment community.
Under his leadership, the investor relations team was ranked among “America’s Best IR Teams” by Institutional Investor magazine and was on IR Magazine’s Global Top 50 list of the world’s best IR programs.
During a 13-year career with Qualcomm, he served in several roles, including vice president of finance for Qualcomm Technology Licensing.
Prior to that, he was responsible for financial and operational oversight of the company’s Global Business Development group. During this time, he also served as interim president of Qualcomm India.
Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2003, Mr. Kneeshaw held various finance roles at Tempo Textron, Nortel Networks and Procter & Gamble.
Mr. Kneeshaw received a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration from York University in Ontario, Canada.
This appointment comes as Barbara Gasper announced she will retire from Mastercard at the end of the year.
Ms. Gasper joined Mastercard in March 2006 to create the company’s investor relations department ahead of its initial public offering.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Gasper held many senior positions, shaping the investor relations efforts at multi-billion dollar global companies like Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies and Raytheon.
She also had previous IPO experience during her tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Group.
Before that, she spent more than 20 years at Lukens Inc., where she worked in both engineering and corporate finance roles, eventually being appointed treasurer.
In 2014, Ms. Gasper received the Lifetime Achievement Award from IR Magazine and her teams are perennial winners of awards from Institutional Investor magazine.