Mastercard names Rob Beard its Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Policy
Mastercard today announced the appointment of Rob Beard as Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Policy.
Mr Beard will oversee the company’s legal, public policy, regulatory affairs, and litigation teams around the world, reporting to Tim Murphy, Chief Administrative Officer.
Rob Beard has over 20 years of experience and joins Mastercard from Micron Technology, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies. He was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, leading its global legal, intellectual property, and ethics and compliance functions, and guiding the company’s growth through an increasingly complex geopolitical environment.
Mr Beard joined Micron in 2014 as the company’s primary M&A lawyer, and for several years partnered closely with Micron’s corporate development team on a wide range of strategic opportunities, including significant transactions in Japan, Taiwan, Europe, China and Singapore.
Prior to Micron, Rob Beard was an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges in London, New York and Silicon Valley, focusing on M&A and capital markets transactions, and at Shearman & Sterling in London, where he focused on debt capital markets transactions.
He graduated from the University of Utah and received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, summa cum laude.