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Gautam Aggarwal

Group Head & Senior Vice President, Domestic and Real-time Payment Systems, Asia Pacific
As Group Head & Senior Vice President of Domestic and Real-time Payment Systems, Gautam is responsible to expand Mastercard's partnerships with domestic switches/schemes; and commercialize Mastercard’s real-time payments assets and build a real-time payments business in Asia Pacific. Gautam identifies and leads discussions to partner with Financial Institutions, Governments, Local Networks, Digital Players, etc. to successfully execute on Mastercard’s Real-time Payments strategy for the region.

Gautam joined Mastercard in November 2014 as Senior Business Leader & Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development globally. In this position, he was responsible to lead strategy formulation and resource allocation on priority Mastercard initiatives. Gautam partnered with executives across the BUs and regions to provide them “hypotheses-based” thought leadership, problem solving, analytics, and story-telling skills to develop strategies, resource allocation / execution plans, and BOD communication materials.

Amongst key initiatives Gautam led, include the market forces and competitive landscape assessment, opportunity and risk evaluation of the ACH/real-time payments landscape, go-to-market plans for Mastercard's digital payments strategy, and assessment of the Indian payments landscape. Gautam identified the opportunity for Mastercard to acquire Vocalink (largest Mastercard acquisition at $1Bn+). Gautam also lead the discussion on the strategic rationale of the $800Mn+ investment commitment in India and Mastercard's comprehensive response framework to emerging domestic schemes.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Gautam was an Engagement Manager in the Corporate Finance & Strategy practice of McKinsey & Company, New York. At McKinsey, he worked in various industries including Banking, Private Equity, TMT, and Healthcare. He was an emerging leader in their North American Banking Practice, with a focus on Payments and FinTech. He started his career as a founding member of Deem, a Silicon Valley start-up, where he spent 8 years in various functions including software design & development, product management, and business development. At Deem, Gautam was instrumental in securing $100M in Round-D financing co-funded by Chase Capital and American Express.

Gautam received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with Honors. Gautam also holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. In between his MBA, Gautam spent his summer working at Bain & Company.