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Mastercard appoints new Country Manager

Rajesh Mani
Rajesh Mani

Mastercard has appointed Rajesh Mani as the new Country Manager for Sri Lanka and The Maldives. Rajesh took office earlier in March this year, succeeding Santosh Kumar, who has transitioned to another position within Mastercard.

In his newrole, Rajesh would bring over two decades of extensive background in the payments and fintech sectors to bear, alongwith his experience in government engagement, to further cultivate Mastercard’s position as a preferred partner for government, financial institutions, digital players and merchants in Sri Lanka The Maldives, important markets for Mastercard, given their growth potential and the Sri Lankan government’s supportive policy pushes towards digitalization.

In his last position in Singapore, Rajesh led Mastercard’s delivery of domestic payment system infrastructureenhancements in Indonesia, which won the global CEO award in 2018. In addition, he actively led a number of Mastercard’s high impact digital partnerships with key digital clients in Southeast Asia, including Grab, Gojek and Shopee.

Rajesh would report to Vikas Varma, Chief Operating Officer, South Asia, Mastercard. Speaking about the appointment, Vikas said, “I am very confident that Rajesh’s multi-faceted payments background will be of great value to our customers, partners and the team in Sri Lanka & Maldives. As these markets continue to develop and evolve rapidly, Rajesh is very well placed to support our partners towards building a vibrant digital ecosystem in these geographies.”

“These are challengingtimes for both countries and I am assuming responsibility at a time when Mastercard has a substantial role to play in supporting the government and communities we operate in.Sri Lanka & Maldives are in a state of significantmomentum for Mastercard. Over the years, we have built up a strong base of active digital engagementswith key partners, in addition to expanding our powerful suite of data analytics advisory services. Coupled with our core strengths as a payments technology innovator, I believe we are very well positioned to bring deep and broad value to the overall ecosystem, especially in these times as both nations fight the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. I am honored to have this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with the government, all of our customers, partners and stakeholders to support Sri Lanka & Maldives’vison of digital transformation, financial inclusion for citizens andtheir overall evolution towards cashless economies,”said Rajesh Mani, Country Manager, Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Mastercard.

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. 

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