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What was your route to the top? It certainly wasn’t a linear path. It has been more of a circuitous ride, with stops in a few industries and locations. I always knew I wanted a global career. Corporate work would allow me that, so I started my career at a major New York law firm, including some time at the firm’s London office. Then, personal circumstances led to a relocation which prompted me to try the in-house life relatively early in my career. I jumped to a start-up, as the GC of a Latin America-based ecommerce marketplace, learning the business across the multiple jurisdictions in which the company operated. Next, I moved to a major satellite television provider in Latin America, serving as assistant GC. This gave me experience in a new sector with its own unique set of issues, such as broadcasting rights, television programming, or matters—like the broadcasting of World Cup games—with a political dimension. In the 15 years I’ve been at Mastercard, I have served in a variety of positions, before my current role as GC, North America. The opportunity to live and work abroad, see the world, especially the developing world, to learn and understand different cultures has been—in Mastercard terms—priceless.

James Schroeder

 

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