Chris Newkirk to Joins Visa as Chief Strategy Advisor

Karthik Subramanian

Karthik Subramanian has been a professional trader and fund manager over the last 18 years. He is basically a software developer who made the transition to financial domain around 18 years back as the attractiveness of the financial markets proved too much for him. He lives in Chennai in India along with his wife and son. He began his career as a software developer in 1999 and then gradually moved into the financial industry as he began trading stocks in his pastime. He then moved into the financial markets full time and then shifted his focus to the FX markets due to the liquid nature of these markets. Since then, he has been trading FX diligently and his favourite pair are the EURUSD and EURJPY. Over the last couple of years, he has found blockchain to be of high interest and considering his background in software and finance, he has since assembled a team of highly talented developers who have since worked on a variety of projects like crypto exchanges and blockchain architecturing. Now, he balances his time between trading and commenting on both the FX and crypto markets. He has worked with many publications including FX Street and Finance Magnates, which has helped him gain experience and also recognition across the industry. He loves to write and this passion has helped him to reach out across the FX and crypto industry. Right now, he works on his pet projects in the FX and crypto industry and spends his time writing and managing his blockchain team and helping it to reach higher.

Chris Newkirk

Chris Newkirk to Joins Visa as Chief Strategy Advisor

May 29, 2020
Chris Newkirk
Visa Inc

Visa Inc, the USA based multinational payments and financial service provider, has revealed the addition of new executive to its senior-level leadership and management team. As per the statement released by the firm, it has hired Mr. Chris Newkirk to join its team in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer in its global headquarters.

In his new role at the firm as Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Newkirk will be responsible for leading the firm’s corporate strategy team and designing the firm’s overall strategic growth and operations plans by regularly coordinating with various local/regional teams from across the globe. Alongside his role as Chief Strategy Advisor, Chris will also become a member of the firm’s executive committee and report directly to Mr. Alfred Kelly. The latter served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. 

Chris is expected to take on his new role at the US payment services giant from 15th June 2020. He is currently serving as President of Small Business, International & Walmart Partnership at Capital One. The incoming executive is a veteran with nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry, having served under industry-leading brand icons and is an expert in strategy designing and international business management. Chris had been working with Capital One for nearly twelve years now. He joined the firm back in September of 2008 as Senior Vice President of its US Credit Card division. He was promoted to the role of Executive Vice President/Head of International unit in July 2013 before being promoted to his current role in November of 2016. 

During his decade long term with Capital One, he has held numerous responsibilities such as growth strategy, marketing, sales, financial performance, customer experience, digital transformation, risk management, and talent strategy. Having led a diverse team of associated across six business divisions and provided successful results in units he was responsible for, he became a member of the firm’s executive committee in 2006 and since played an integral role in the development of the overall company’s strategy.

Prior to Capital One, he spent three years serving as President of the Infill Construction Lending unit at Indymac Bank. Prior to that, he spent five years serving in McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant, having joined the firm post graduating from Harvard Law School in 1999.  

Commenting on Mr. Newkirk’s addition to the team, Mr. Alfred Kelly – CEO of Visa Inc, said, “Chris will be a great addition to the executive team, not only because of the deep payments expertise he brings but also for his passion for people and excellent leadership. I look forward to welcoming Chris into our Visa family. He will bring some incredible experience and new insights as we continue to deliver on Visa’s strategy, build stronger client relationships, and grow our business”. 

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