Linda Selker, Vice President/Associate General Counsel of Visa Inc., played a central role in the company’s Token Service Provider program that extended the security technology in mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay, designed to help protect consumers from account fraud.

If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …

I would want to broaden the way we think about technology and how we interact with various aspects throughout our lives rather than viewing technology as a set of esoteric concepts that can only be understood or influenced by select groups.

The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …


Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?

There are so many great leaders in the tech industry but Dr. Eli Harari, founder and retired CEO of SanDisk made a particular impression. In the late 1990s, I was a young patent litigator representing SanDisk and Eli would often join us in court. Eli was passionate about solid state memory technology and the form factors it could someday enable. He would spend time to connect with people at all levels and communicate his passion in a manner that inspired others. I distinctly recall that he would almost always bring a sample of an emerging product. He would show us a solid state memory card that was the size of a postage stamp and explain that it had the capacity to store as much data as a disk drive that was the size of a building brick. He further would explain the added benefit of reduced moving parts, unlike the rotating disk storage, so wearable form factors could be enabled with minimal disruption to the memory readout. In retrospect, now decades later, solid state memory and wearable form factors seem commonplace but leaders like Eli Harari helped to inspire implementation of the vision.

­—Ross Todd