Joseph W. Saunders

Joseph W. Saunders

Mr. Saunders is the retired Chairman and CEO of Visa Inc., serving since its formation in May 2007. Prior to this role, Mr. Saunders was President and CEO of Providian Financial Corporation from November 2001, and Chairman of the board of directors from May 2002, until Washington Mutual's acquisition of Providian in 2005. Following the acquisition, Mr. Saunders agreed to remain with Washington Mutual as President of Card Services, for a transitional period from October 2005 to February 2007. From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Saunders served as Chairman and CEO of Fleet Credit Card Services at FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Prior to joining FleetBoston, Mr. Saunders spent 12 years at Household International, Inc., where he held various senior roles including CEO of Card Services and head of the private label credit card business. Mr. Saunders also was a member of the Visa U.S.A. board of directors from October 2002 to February 2007, a member of the Visa International Service Association board of directors from October 2005 to February 2007, and the Executive Chairman of Visa International's Transition Governance Committee until the formation of Visa Inc. in May 2007. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Saunders served as a member of the boards of MasterCard International Inc. and MasterCard U.S.A., and was elected Chairman of MasterCard International's board in 1996. He also served as a director of NewStar Financial, Inc. from December 2006 to October 2007.