US President Barack Obama has appointed Indian- American MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga as a member of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a key administration post tasked with working towards internet safety.
Banga is one of the nine members of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity appointed by Obama.
Banga, in his mid fifties has been President and CEO of MasterCard since 2010. Prior to joining MasterCard he held various senior management roles.
Obama has appointed a large number of Indian-descent Americans to his administration — perhaps most yet — and to advisory bodies such as the commission on cybersecurity.
This commission was set up past February to “make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors while protecting privacy, ensuring public safety and economic and national security”, according to its mission statement.
As CEO of MasterCard, a global financial services corporation that grapples with cybersecurity challenges every day and in myriad battlefields, Banga will bring the commission much relevant expertise.