Visa CEO Scharf quits
17 October 2016 | 6973 views | 2
After four years in the job, Visa chief executive officer Charlie Scharf has handed in his notice, to be replaced by former American Express president Alfred Kelly.
Scharf will leave the role on 1 December after telling the Visa board "he could no longer spend the time in San Francisco necessary to do the job effectively". His family is based on the East Coast.
Kelly, who spent 23 years at American Express and has been a Visa board member since 2014, will become CEO designate on 31 October before taking over, with Scharf serving as an advisor for several months.
Before becoming Visa chief in 2012, Scharf ran the retail banking unit at JPMorgan Chase. His time at the card giant has coincided with the rise of new digital channels, while he has also overseen the recent acquisition of Visa Europe and a tense standoff with retailers over fees.
Robert Matschullat, independent chairman, Visa, says: "Charlie has been a visionary CEO, highly successful by any set of metrics. He has helped transform Visa, the leading global payments technology company, into a technology-driven digital commerce company and has led a strategy that will benefit this company for years to come."
On Kelly, Matschullat adds: "The board unanimously agrees that Al is the right leader for the company, and we expect a seamless transition given Al’s deep knowledge of the industry, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and his strong relationships with the talented management team currently in place."