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LOGO

 

 

 

Notice of 2013

 

Annual Meeting

 

of Stockholders

 

and Proxy

 

Statement

 

A  W O R L D  B E Y O N D  C A S H :  O U R  J O U R N E Y  C O N T I N U E S

 

   


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LOGO

April 25, 2013

Dear Stockholder:

We are pleased to invite you to the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of MasterCard Incorporated, which will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) at the MasterCard Incorporated headquarters, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York. A notice of the meeting and a proxy statement containing information about the matters to be acted upon are attached to this letter.

In recent years, our proxy statement has included a proxy summary, a question and answer section and an enhanced Compensation Discussion & Analysis. This year, we have further improved our guide to proposals in the proxy statement and we fully review our executive compensation and business performance. We provide additional focus on some of the highlights of our corporate governance, including our completion this year of the phase-in of our declassified Board. You will continue to see detailed information about the qualifications of our director candidates in this proxy statement and why we believe they are the right people to represent you.

Once again, we are using the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule that allows companies to furnish their proxy materials over the Internet. Accordingly, we are mailing to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery) a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) instead of a paper copy of our proxy materials. The Notice contains instructions on how to access these online, as well as how you may request a paper copy. If you receive a paper copy of the materials, it will include a proxy card. If you receive a Notice by mail, you will not receive a paper copy of the materials unless you specifically request one. We believe electronic delivery will expedite your receipt, while lowering costs and reducing the environmental impact of our Annual Meeting by reducing printing and mailing of full sets of materials.

Your vote is important to us. While we invite you to attend the meeting and exercise your right to vote your shares in person, we recognize that many of you may not be able to attend the Annual Meeting and you are able to vote your shares even if you are unable or choose not to attend. We encourage you to promptly vote your shares by submitting your proxy on the Internet or by telephone, or by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card or voting form. You will find instructions both on the Notice and on the attached proxy statement.

Thank you for being a stockholder and for the trust you have in MasterCard.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 
    LOGO     LOGO
  Richard Haythornthwaite     Ajay Banga
      Chairman of the Board     President and Chief Executive Officer

 

   


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MASTERCARD INCORPORATED

2000 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York 10577

 

 

NOTICE OF 2013 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

To be held on June 18, 2013

 

 

To the Stockholders of MasterCard Incorporated:

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of MasterCard Incorporated (the “Company”) will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) at the MasterCard Incorporated headquarters, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York, to:

 

1. Elect the 12 nominees named in the accompanying proxy statement to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors as directors;
2. Approve on an advisory basis the Company’s executive compensation;
3. Ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for 2013; and
4. Act on any other business which may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

The close of business on April 19, 2013 has been fixed as the record date for determining those stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting. A list of eligible stockholders of record as of the close of business on the record date will be available for inspection for any purpose germane to the meeting during normal business hours 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting at the offices of the Company’s Corporate Secretary at 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York and at the Annual Meeting by any stockholder or the stockholder’s attorney or agent.

We mailed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) on or about April 25, 2013.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

MasterCard Incorporated’s Proxy Statement and 2012 Annual Report

are available at www.proxyvote.com.

Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please vote your shares by calling the toll-free telephone number or by using the Internet as described in the instructions included with your Notice or, if you receive a paper copy of the proxy materials, by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card or voting form. If you attend the meeting, you may vote in person, which will revoke any proxy you have already submitted. You may also revoke your proxy at any time before the meeting by notifying us in writing, or by subsequently authorizing the individuals designated by the Company to vote your interests by calling the toll-free telephone number or by using the Internet as described in the instructions included on your Notice.

If you attend the Annual Meeting in person, you will be asked to present photo identification and appropriate proof of ownership. See “Questions and Answers about the Annual Meeting and Voting - What do I need to do if I would like to attend the Annual Meeting” in the attached proxy statement for further instructions.

The Company must receive your vote, either by telephone, Internet or proxy card or voting form by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 17, 2013. Internet and telephone voting facilities will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 17, 2013.

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

LOGO

Bart S. Goldstein

Corporate Secretary

Purchase, New York

April 25, 2013

Your vote is very important. Please promptly vote your shares by calling the toll-free telephone number or by using the Internet as described in the instructions included on your Notice or, if you receive a paper copy of the proxy materials, by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card or voting form. Voting by telephone, by Internet or by returning your proxy card or voting form in advance of the Annual Meeting does not deprive you of your right to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

   


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MasterCard Incorporated Proxy Statement

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         Page  
Proxy Summary      1   
Questions and Answers about the Annual Meeting and Voting      5   
Proposal 1 Election of Directors      11   
  Election Process and the Completion of the Declassification of the Board      11   
  Director Nominations      11   
  Director Criteria, Qualifications and Experience      11   
  Nominees for Election as Directors      12   
Director Compensation      22   
Corporate Governance      24   
  Board Leadership Structure      24   
  Board Risk Oversight      25   
  Director Independence      26   
  Additional Director Qualifications      27   
  Committees of the Board of Directors      29   
  Attendance at Meetings      30   
  Code of Conduct and Supplemental Code of Ethics      31   
  Communicating with the Board      31   
Executive Officers of the Company      32   
Ownership of Equity Securities of the Company and Section 16(a) Compliance      35   
  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners      35   
  Security Ownership of Directors and Management      36   
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  Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance      37   
Certain Relationships and Related
Transactions
     37   
Executive Compensation      38   
  Compensation Discussion and Analysis      38   
  Compensation Committee Report      53   
  Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation      53   
  Summary Compensation Table      54   
  All Other Compensation in 2012      55   
  Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2012      56   
  Outstanding Equity Awards at 2012 Fiscal Year-End      57   
  Option Exercises and Stock Vested in 2012      59   
  Pension Benefits in 2012      60   
  Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-In-Control      62   
Equity Compensation Plan Information      75   
Proposal 2 Advisory Approval of the Company’s Executive Compensation      76   
Proposal 3 Ratification of the Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for 2013      77   
Auditor’s Services and Fees      78   
Audit Committee Report      79   
Stockholder Proposals and Director Nominations      80   
Other Matters      81   
 

 

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PROXY SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement (this “Proxy Statement”). This summary does not contain all the information that you should consider and you should read the entire Proxy Statement before voting. For more information on the 2012 financial and operating performance of MasterCard Incorporated (“MasterCard”, the “Company”, “we” or “our”), please review the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 14, 2013 and can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”. The Form 10-K includes, on pages 41 and 47, reconciliations of, and the reasons for presenting, the non-GAAP financial measures (presenting the exclusion of special items of provisions recorded in 2011 ($770 million pre-tax, or $495 million on an after-tax basis) and 2012 ($20 million pre-tax, or $13 million on an after-tax basis) related to the U.S. merchant litigations) included in this summary and in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” below in this Proxy Statement.

2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Date and Time

June 18, 2013, 8:30 a.m., Eastern time

 

Place

MasterCard Incorporated Headquarters 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577

Record Date

April 19, 2013

 

Voting

Holders of shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class A common stock”) as of the record date are entitled to vote on all matters (each a “Class A Stockholder”).

Meeting Agenda and Voting Matters

 

 

Item

 

 

Management Proposals

  Board Vote
Recommendation
 

Page Reference

(for more detail)

1   Election of 12 directors   FOR each director nominee   11
2

 

 

Advisory approval of the Company’s executive compensation

 

 

FOR

 

 

76

 

 

3

 

 

Ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for 2013

 

 

FOR

 

 

77

Members of Our Board of Directors

 

       
Name   Age at
Annual
Meeting
 

Director

Since

  Primary Occupation   Committee
Memberships

Richard Haythornthwaite *

  56   2006   President, PSI UK Ltd.   LOGO A, NCG (CH)

Ajay Banga

  53   2010   President and Chief Executive Officer, MasterCard Incorporated  

Silvio Barzi *

  65   2008   Former Senior Advisor and Executive Officer, UniCredit Group   A, HR

David R. Carlucci *

  59   2006   Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IMS Health Incorporated   HR (CH)

Steven J. Freiberg *

  56   2006   Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group  

Nancy J. Karch *

  65   2007   Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company   A, NCG

Marc Olivié *

  59   2006   President and Chief Executive Officer, W.C. Bradley Co.   A, HR

Rima Qureshi *

  48   2011   Senior Vice President – Strategic Projects, Ericsson   HR

José Octavio Reyes Lagunes *

  61   2008   Vice Chairman – Coca-Cola Export Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company   HR

Mark Schwartz *

  59   2006   Vice Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific   A (CH) (F), NCG

Jackson P. Tai *

  62   2008   Former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group and DBS Bank Ltd.   A (F)

Edward Suning Tian *

  49   2006   Chairman, China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P.   NCG

 

* Independent Director
A Audit Committee
HR Human Resources and Compensation Committee
LOGO Chairman of the Board
NCG Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
CH Chair
F Audit Committee Financial Expert
 

 

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Governance Highlights

We have taken numerous steps since the time of the Company’s initial public offering in May 2006 (the “IPO”) to continually enhance our proactive approach to corporate governance. Highlights include:

 

Completed phase-in of our declassified Board

  Independent non-executive Chairperson of the Board

Majority voting for our director elections

  11 of our 12 Board members are independent

Active Board oversight of risk of the Company

  Annual Board and committee self-assessments

Enhanced political disclosure on our website

  Our independent directors meet frequently in executive sessions

Implemented stock ownership guidelines for executive officers

and non-employee directors

  Active board engagement in managing talent and long-term succession planning for executives

2012 Financial and Operational Highlights

In recent years, MasterCard has had strong operational and financial performance, despite challenging global economic and financial conditions. The Company’s performance has resulted in the substantial appreciation of the Company’s stock price, from a $39 per share price at the time of our IPO in May 2006 to a closing stock price of approximately $522 per share as of April 19, 2013.

 

LOGO

In 2012, MasterCard again had strong annual operational and financial performance, including the following highlights:

 

Net revenue of $7.4 billion, an increase of 13% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 (10% on an as-reported basis)   Cross-border volume growth of 16% on a local currency basis
Net income of $2.8 billion, an increase of 20% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 and excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, net income was $2.8 billion, an increase of 45% versus 2011)   Diluted EPS of $22.04, an increase of 22% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 and excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, diluted EPS was $21.94, an increase of 48% versus 2011)
Operating margin of 53.5%, excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, operating margin was 53.3%)   Gross Dollar Value, or GDV, growth of 15% on a local currency basis
Repurchased 4.1 million shares at a cost of $1.7 billion   Processed transaction growth of 25% versus 2011
Maintenance of a strong capital position, including cash flow from operations of $2.9 billion during 2012 and $5.0 billion of cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities as of December 31, 2012

1.    

   Adjusted for the impact of foreign exchange rates with respect to the Euro and the Brazilian real. The presentation of growth rates adjusted for currency represent a non-GAAP measure and are calculated by re-measuring the prior period’s results using the current period’s exchange rates.    2.        Special items consist of the provisions recorded in 2011 ($770 million pre-tax, or $495 million on an after-tax basis) and 2012 ($20 million pre-tax, or $13 million on an after-tax basis) for potential settlements relating to the U.S. merchant litigations.

 

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2012 Executive Compensation Highlights

MasterCard’s executive compensation program is designed to attract, motivate and retain our executives, including our named executive officers, who are critical to the Company’s long-term success. Our compensation program is based upon and is designed to address three core principles:

 

Executive officer goals are linked with stockholder interests

Pay is significantly performance-based

Compensation opportunities are competitive to attract and retain talented employees

Our Human Resources and Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) makes decisions on executive compensation from a total direct compensation perspective. Total direct compensation is comprised of base salary, annual cash incentive, and long-term stock based incentive compensation. A substantial majority of our named executive officers’ target total direct compensation for 2012 was performance-based and at risk. In addition, our compensation program is weighted toward long-term equity awards rather than cash compensation in order to maximize retention and ensure that a substantial portion of our named executive officers’ compensation is directly aligned with stockholder interests.

 

LOGO

 

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Key Features of Our Executive Compensation Program

 

 

What We Do

 

 

What We Don’t Do

 

Annual “say-on-pay” advisory vote for stockholders (see pg 76)   No hedging of Company stock
Pay for Performance (see pg 40)   No new tax “gross ups” for executive officers
Use Peer Groups when establishing compensation (see pg 41)   No tax “gross ups” for perquisites
Balance short- and long-term incentives (see pg 42)   No new “evergreen” employment agreements
Align executive compensation with shareholder returns through long-term incentives (see pg 44)   No new participants in the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, or SERP
Include caps on individual payouts in incentive plans (see pgs   No repricing of options
44 and 49)  

No dividend equivalents on unvested equity awards

Inclusion of a clawback policy in our incentive plans (see pg 49)  
Significant stock ownership guidelines for executives and directors (see pgs 22 and 50)  
“Double-trigger” provisions for all plans that contemplate a change-in-control (see pgs 52 and 62)  
Condition grants of long-term incentive awards on execution of a non-solicitation, non-competition and non-disclosure agreement (see pg 48)  
Mitigate undue risk taking in compensation programs (see pg 49)  
Include criteria in incentive plans to maximize tax deductibility (see pg 50)  
Retain an independent external compensation consultant (see pg 40)  

We provide additional detail about our executive compensation in our “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” below.

 

More than 96% of the votes cast on our 2012 Say-on-Pay proposal were in favor

of our executive compensation program and policies

 

The Board of Directors continues to believe that our executive compensation program and policies are effective in achieving the Company’s core principles. As such, our Board recommends that stockholders vote FOR the Company’s 2013 say-on-pay proposal.

Important Dates for 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Proposals for inclusion in our proxy statement for our 2014 annual meeting of stockholders in accordance with Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), must be received by the Corporate Secretary of the Company no later than December 26, 2013.

Notice of a stockholder nomination for candidates for the Board or any other business to be considered at our 2014 annual meeting of stockholders must be received by the Company between February 18, 2014 and March 20, 2014.

 

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MASTERCARD INCORPORATED

2000 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York 10577

April 25, 2013

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

Why am I receiving these proxy materials?

 

We are providing this Proxy Statement and additional proxy materials in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors” or the “Board”) of the Company of proxies to be voted at our 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at our headquarters at 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time), or at any adjournment or postponement thereof (the “Annual Meeting”).

How is MasterCard distributing proxy materials? Is MasterCard using the SEC’s “Notice and Access” rule?

 

Under SEC rules, we are furnishing proxy materials to our Class A Stockholders. On or about April 25, 2013, we expect to mail to our Class A Stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery) a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) containing instructions on how to access the proxy materials online, and to make such materials available as of such date on www.proxyvote.com. If you receive a Notice by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials in the mail. Instead, the Notice instructs you on how to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials. The Notice also instructs you on how you may submit your proxy via the Internet. If you received a Notice by mail and would like to receive a copy of our proxy materials, follow the instructions contained in the Notice about how you may request to receive a copy electronically or in printed form on a one-time or on-going basis. We encourage Class A Stockholders to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials on the Internet as we believe electronic delivery will expedite the receipt of materials while lowering costs and reducing the environmental impact of our Annual Meeting by reducing printing and mailing of full sets of materials.

In addition to this Proxy Statement, our proxy materials which we are making available to our Class A Stockholders include our 2012 Annual Report (the “Annual Report”) (which includes our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (the “Form 10-K”)), as filed with the SEC on February 14, 2013.

Copies of the Form 10-K, as well as other periodic filings by the Company with the SEC, are also available on our website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”. The information included in our website is not incorporated herein by reference.

 

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A copy of the proxy materials, including the Annual Report, will be furnished to you free of charge upon a request in writing to our Corporate Secretary or proxy solicitor at, respectively:

 

MasterCard Incorporated

Office of the Corporate Secretary

2000 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York 10577

Attention: Bart S. Goldstein

corporate_secretary@mastercard.com

Facsimile: (914) 249-4366

              or            

Georgeson Inc.

199 Water Street

26th Floor

New York, New York 10038

Telephone: (866) 541-3547

Who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting?

 

The Company has two classes of stock outstanding: Class A common stock and Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class B common stock”). Except as may be required by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (“Delaware Law”), holders of Class B common stock have no voting power and are not entitled to vote on the proposals presented to Class A Stockholders in this Proxy Statement. The Class A Stockholders are therefore the only stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote on, proposals at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Class A Stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 19, 2013 (the “Record Date”) are entitled to vote their shares at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Each share of Class A common stock is entitled to one vote per share on all matters on which stockholders are entitled to vote. The Record Date is established by the Board as required by Delaware Law and the Company’s amended and restated by-laws. As of the Record Date, 116,910,619 shares of Class A common stock were outstanding.

What matters will be voted on at the Annual Meeting?

 

The following matters are scheduled for vote by Class A Stockholders at the Annual Meeting:

 

  1.   Elect the 12 nominees named in this Proxy Statement to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors as directors

 

  2.   Approve on an advisory basis the Company’s executive compensation

 

  3.   Ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for 2013

 

  4.   Act on any other business which may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof

What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?

 

The presence in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Class A common stock entitled to vote as of the Record Date on any of the proposals to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting will constitute a quorum at the Annual Meeting.

What is the difference between holding shares as a registered stockholder and holding shares in street name?

 

If your shares of Class A common stock are owned directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Shareowner Services LLC, you are considered a registered holder of those shares.

If your shares of Class A common stock are held by a broker, bank or nominee, you hold those shares in street name. Your broker, bank or other nominee will vote your shares as you direct.

 

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If I hold shares in street name, does my broker need instructions in order to vote my shares?

 

Under rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), if you hold shares of Class A common stock in street name and do not submit specific voting instructions to your brokers, banks or other nominees, they generally will have discretion to vote your shares on routine matters such as Proposal 3, but will not have discretion to vote your shares on non-routine matters such as Proposals 1 and 2. When the broker, bank or other nominee is unable to vote on a proposal because the proposal is not routine and you do not provide any instructions, a broker non-vote occurs and, as a result, your shares will not be voted on these proposals.

Therefore:

 

 

on the non-routine proposals of election of directors (Proposal 1) and advisory approval of our executive compensation (Proposal 2), your broker, bank or nominee will not be able to vote absent instruction from you; and

 

 

on the routine proposal of ratification of the appointment of PwC as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for 2013 (Proposal 3), your broker, bank or nominee may vote in their discretion absent instruction from you.

What are my voting choices for each matter, and how does the Board recommend that I vote?

 

 

 

Proposal

 

 

Voting Choices

 

Board

Recommendation

1

   Election of the 12 nominees named in this Proxy Statement to serve on the Company’s Board as directors  

 With respect to each director

 nominee:

 

 For

 Against

 Abstain

  For election of all 12 director nominees

2

   Advisory approval of the Company’s executive compensation  

 For

 Against

 Abstain

  For

3

   Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2013  

 For

 Against

 Abstain

  For

What vote is needed to elect directors?

 

Each of the nominees receiving the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by Class A Stockholders will be elected to serve as a director. Abstentions by Class A Stockholders and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this proposal.

The election of the nominees is subject to the Board’s “majority voting” policy, regarding resignations by directors who do not receive a majority of “For” votes. Generally under this policy:

 

 

New director candidates who fail to receive a majority of votes cast in an uncontested election would fail to be elected.

 

 

To be re-nominated to serve on the Board, incumbent directors must submit irrevocable resignations to the Board that are effective only upon: (1) the director not receiving a majority of the votes cast in an uncontested election and (2) the Board’s subsequent acceptance of the proffered resignation. If an incumbent director fails to receive a majority of the votes cast in an uncontested election, the Board would then evaluate and act on the proffered resignation within 90 days of the election, taking into account the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Nominating Committee”).

 

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Any vacancies resulting from the Board’s acceptance of a contingent resignation, or from the failure of a new director candidate to receive a majority of the votes cast in an uncontested election, may be filled by the Board.

 

 

Plurality voting (by which directors receiving the greatest number of votes cast are elected) continues to apply in the case of any contested elections.

The Board has received a contingent resignation from each of the 12 director nominees included in this Proxy Statement (which constitutes every current member of the Board).

What vote is required in order for the other matters to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting to be adopted?

 

 

 

Proposal

 

 

Voting Requirements

 

Effect of

Abstentions

  Effect of Broker Non-
Votes

2

  Advisory approval of the Company’s executive compensation   Affirmative Vote of Majority of Votes Cast by Class A Stockholders (to be approved on an advisory basis)   No effect on outcome   No effect on outcome

3

  Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2013   Affirmative Vote of Majority of Votes Cast by Class A Stockholders   No effect on outcome  

Not applicable –

failure of beneficial owner or broker to vote shares will have no effect on outcome

With respect to Proposal 2Advisory approval of the Company’s executive compensation, the results of this vote are non-binding and advisory in nature.

With respect to Proposal 3 – Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2013, although ratification is not required by applicable laws, our amended and restated by-laws or otherwise, the Board is submitting the selection of PwC to our Class A Stockholders for ratification because we value your view of our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee intends to carefully consider the results of this vote.

How do I vote my shares?

 

You can ensure your vote is cast at the meeting by calling the toll-free telephone number or by using the Internet as described in the instructions included on the Notice. If you receive a paper copy of the proxy materials, you may also vote your shares by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy card or voting form. When a Class A Stockholder’s vote is authorized by telephone or Internet, or a proxy card or voting form is returned properly signed and dated, the vote will be cast in accordance with the instructions authorized by telephone or Internet or included on the proxy card or voting form, as applicable. If you are a Class A Stockholder, you can also attend the Annual Meeting in person and vote or you can send a representative to the meeting with a signed proxy to vote on your behalf. If a Class A Stockholder does not authorize such vote by telephone or Internet, return a signed proxy card or voting form or attend the meeting in person or by representative and vote, no vote will be cast on behalf of that Class A Stockholder. The Notice and proxy card or voting form each indicates on its face the number of shares of Class A common stock registered in your name at the close of business on the Record Date, which number corresponds to the number of votes you will be entitled to cast at the meeting on each proposal. See “—Who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting” above for further discussion of the voting power of Class A common stock.

You are urged to follow the instructions on your Notice, proxy card or voting form to indicate how your vote is to be cast.

Pursuant to Section 212(c) of Delaware Law, Class A Stockholders may validly grant proxies over the Internet. Your Internet vote authorizes the proxies designated by the Company to vote your shares in the same manner as if you had returned a proxy card or voting form. In order to vote over the Internet, follow the instructions provided on your Notice.

 

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What can I do if I change my mind after I vote my shares?

 

Any Class A Stockholder who authorizes its vote by telephone or by Internet or executes and returns a proxy card or voting form may revoke the proxy before it is voted by:

 

 

notifying in writing the Office of the Corporate Secretary of MasterCard Incorporated, at 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577, Attention Bart S. Goldstein;

 

 

executing and returning a subsequent proxy;

 

 

subsequently authorizing the individuals designated by the Company to vote its interests by calling the toll-free telephone number or by using the Internet as described in the instructions included on its Notice; or

 

 

appearing in person or by representative with a signed proxy and voting at the Annual Meeting.

Attendance in person or by representative at the Annual Meeting will not in and of itself constitute revocation of a proxy. If you plan to vote your shares in person at the Annual Meeting, see the requirements set forth in “—What do I need to do if I would like to attend the Annual Meeting” below.

How are my shares voted by the proxies designated by the Company?

 

Unless contrary instructions are indicated on the proxy, all shares represented by valid proxies received pursuant to this solicitation (and not revoked before they are voted) will be voted in accordance with the Board recommendations indicated above. With respect to director nominations, in the event that any nominee would be unable to serve, the persons designated as proxies reserve full discretion to vote for another person. In the event you specify a different choice on the proxy, your shares will be voted in accordance with the specification you made.

Who bears the cost of soliciting votes for the Annual Meeting?

 

We will bear the costs of solicitation of proxies, including the cost of preparing, printing and mailing the Notice, this Proxy Statement and related proxy materials. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by use of the mail, proxies may be solicited from Class A Stockholders by directors, officers, employees and agents of the Company in person or by telephone, facsimile or other appropriate means of communication. We have engaged Georgeson Inc. to solicit proxies on our behalf. The anticipated cost of Georgeson Inc.’s services is estimated to be approximately $20,000 plus reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. No additional compensation, except for reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, will be paid to directors, officers and employees of the Company in connection with the solicitation. Any questions or requests for assistance regarding this Proxy Statement and related proxy materials may be directed to:

 

MasterCard Incorporated

Office of the Corporate Secretary

2000 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York 10577

Attention: Bart S. Goldstein

Telephone: (914) 249-2000

Facsimile: (914) 249-4366

          or          

Georgeson Inc.

199 Water Street

26th Floor

New York, New York 10038

Telephone: (866) 541-3547

What is “Householding”?

 

The SEC has adopted rules that allow a company to deliver a single Notice or set of proxy materials to an address shared by two or more of its stockholders. This method of delivery, known as “householding,” permits us to realize significant cost savings and reduces the amount of duplicate information stockholders receive. In accordance with notices sent to Class A Stockholders sharing a single address, we are sending only one Notice (or, if requested, one set of proxy materials) to that address unless we have received contrary instructions from a Class A Stockholder at that address. Any Class A Stockholders who object to, or wish to begin, householding may notify the Corporate Secretary of the Company orally or in writing at the telephone number or address, as applicable, set forth above. We will send an individual copy of the Notice and, if requested, proxy materials, to any Class A Stockholder who revokes its consent to householding within 30 days of our receipt of such revocation.

 

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Who counts the votes?

 

Georgeson Inc. will act as inspector of election and certify the results.

How do I find out the voting results?

 

We will announce preliminary voting results at the Annual Meeting. We will disclose the final voting results in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC on or before June 24, 2013. The Form 8-K will be available at http://www.mastercard.com and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

What do I need to do if I would like to attend the Annual Meeting?

 

If you attend the Annual Meeting, you will be asked to present photo identification, such as a driver’s license, when you arrive. If you hold your shares in “street name,” typically through a brokerage account, you will also need proof of ownership to be admitted to the meeting. A recent brokerage statement or a letter from your bank or broker are examples of proof of ownership. If you want to vote your shares held in street name in person at the meeting, you must get a written proxy in your name from the broker, bank or other nominee that holds your shares.

For directions to the Annual Meeting, you may visit our website at http://www.mastercard.com or call our Investor Relations Department at (914) 249-4564.

 

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PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

Election Process and the Completion of the Declassification of the Board

 

The Board currently consists of 12 members, 11 of whom are independent. Each member of the Board is elected annually by the Class A Stockholders. Each of our directors must also serve as a director of our operating subsidiary, MasterCard International Incorporated (“MasterCard International”). When our directors are elected to the Board, they are automatically appointed as members of the board of directors of MasterCard International as well. Our directors are elected by an affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast at an annual meeting of stockholders, subject to our majority voting policy, as described above in “Questions and Answers About the Annual Meeting and Voting”.

In 2010, we amended and restated our certificate of incorporation and by-laws to phase-out the classification of our Board. At the Annual Meeting, the phase-out will be completed and the Board will be fully de-classified for the first time. Accordingly, all members of the Board will be nominated for re-election at the Annual Meeting, and each member, if elected, will serve for a one-year term expiring at our next annual meeting of stockholders.

Director Nominations

 

Our Nominating Committee reviews and selects candidates for nominations in accordance with its charter. It identifies potential new candidates by recommendations from its members, other Board members, Company management and individual stockholders. The Nominating Committee may also, if necessary or appropriate, utilize the services of a professional search firm.

Stockholders may submit recommendations by writing to the Office of the Corporate Secretary, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577, Attention Bart S. Goldstein. These recommendations must be submitted not less than ninety (90) days nor more than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the anniversary date of the immediately preceding annual meeting. The Corporate Secretary will forward all bona fide recommendations received by such date to the Nominating Committee for its consideration. The Nominating Committee may request such information from the recommended nominee or the stockholder as it deems appropriate. The Nominating Committee evaluates recommendations by stockholders using the same process it follows for evaluating other nominees.

For additional information on the nomination process, see the charter for the Nominating Committee and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, both of which are located on the Company’s website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”.

Director Criteria, Qualifications and Experience

 

In assessing the qualities of directors to serve as members of the Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee believes that all directors should meet the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics and be committed to representing the long-term interests of the Company’s stockholders. The Nominating Committee further believes all directors should possess strength of character and maturity in judgment. In addition, although the Board does not have a specific diversity policy, our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the Nominating Committee should seek to foster diversity on the Board when nominating directors for election by taking into account geographic diversity to reflect the geographic regions in which the Company operates in a manner approximately proportional to its business activity, as well as diversity of age, gender, race, ethnicity and cultural background. In selecting directors, the Nominating Committee also endeavors to have a Board representing a range of leadership and other experiences relevant to the Company’s global activities. The Nominating Committee also considers candidates in light of the current needs of the Board.

 

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The Board has identified the below key experiences, qualifications and skills that our Nominating Committee believes are desirable to be represented on the Board in light of our business and structure:

 

Global Business Experience

including significant experience in the geographic regions

in which the Company operates

     

Leadership Experience

including service as a chief executive officer and/or other

senior executive level positions

         

Technology Experience

     

Brand and Marketing Expertise

including experience with consumer preference

         

Regulatory Experience

including deep engagement with regulators as part of a

business and/or via positions with governments and

regulatory bodies

     

Finance Experience

         

Relevant Industry Experience

including within the retail banking and payments industries and with telecommunications, merchants and the consumer experience

Important elements of each of the director’s experiences, qualifications and skills that the Board considered in leading it to conclude that each should serve as a director of the Company is included within each such individual’s biography below under the caption “Director Qualifications.”

Nominees for Election as Directors

 

At the Annual Meeting, 12 directors (constituting the entire existing Board) are to be elected to each hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until his or her successor is elected and qualified. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has approved the nomination of the following directors:

 

Richard Haythornthwaite (Chairman)

   Steven J. Freiberg    José Octavio Reyes Lagunes

Ajay Banga (President and CEO)

   Nancy J. Karch    Mark Schwartz

Silvio Barzi

   Marc Olivié    Jackson P. Tai

David R. Carlucci

   Rima Qureshi    Edward Suning Tian

Each of the director nominees currently serves on the Board and was elected by our Class A stockholders at the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders (other than Ms. Karch and Messrs. Barzi, Reyes and Tian, who were last elected at the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders as part of the phase-in of the declassification of our Board). Each nominee was approved by the Nominating Committee and recommended to the Board for approval after evaluating their qualifications and their prior service on the Board. Each nominee has agreed to be named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected.

The table below summarizes the primary experiences, qualifications and skills that our nominees for director bring to the Board. An “ü“ indicates, as further described below in each individual’s biography, the key items which helped lead the Board to conclude that each director is qualified to serve.

 

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In light of the individual qualifications and experiences of each of our director nominees and his or her contributions to our Board, our Board has concluded that each of our director nominees should be re-elected. Below is biographical information for each member of the Board (including age at the time of the Annual Meeting):

 

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Richard Haythornthwaite

Chairman & Director since 2006

Age: 56

Board Committees: Audit, Nominating & Corporate Governance (Chair)

Primary Occupation: President, PSI UK Ltd

Mr. Haythornthwaite is Chair of the Company’s Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Haythornthwaite is President of PSI UK Ltd, an advisor to Star Capital Partners Limited and Chair of the World Wide Web Foundation. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Haythornthwaite was a partner of Star Capital Partners Limited. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Haythornthwaite served as Chief Executive Officer and Director for Invensys plc and from 1997 to 2001 he served as Chief Executive, Europe and Asia and then as Group Chief Executive for Blue Circle Industries plc (acquired by Lafarge SA in 2001). His prior positions include serving as a Director of Premier Oil plc, President of BP Venezuela, and General Manager, Magnus Oilfield, BP Exploration. Mr. Haythornthwaite is also Chairman of Southbank Centre Board. Within the last five years, he also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Network Rail and as a director of Land Securities Group plc.

Director Qualifications:

 

   
Global Business, Leadership and Relevant Industry Experience   Former Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc and Blue Circle Industries plc, large UK public and multinational corporations; senior level executive at BP; Chairman of the Board of Directors of MasterCard Incorporated since 2006.
   
Regulatory Experience   Former non-executive chairman of Network Rail, a UK rail infrastructure company; former Chairman of both the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council and the Better Regulation Commission, each in the UK; Chairman of the Board of Directors of MasterCard Incorporated.
   
Finance Experience  

Former member of the audit committee of Imperial Chemical Industries plc; former member of the audit committee of Cookson Group plc; active supervision of principal financial officer while Group Chief Executive of Blue Circle Industries plc and Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc; extensive risk management experience as former Non- Executive Chairman of Network Rail and former President of BP Venezuela; experience with financial operational rescue challenges as former Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc; member of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee since May 2006.

 

 

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Ajay Banga

Director & President & Chief Executive Officer since 2010

Age: 53

Mr. Banga is President and Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. Mr. Banga was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors on April 12, 2010. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2010, Mr. Banga served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, his responsibilities included the Company’s relationships with its customers globally, including the delivery of products, services and marketing, and technology and operations. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Banga also leads the Company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining MasterCard as President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2009, Mr. Banga served as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific region from March 2008 until August 2009. Since joining Citigroup in 1996, Mr. Banga had served in several positions of increasing responsibility, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s International Global Consumer Group, Executive Vice President of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, President of Citigroup’s Retail Banking North America, business head for CitiFinancial and the U.S. Consumer Assets Division and division executive for the consumer bank in Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Banga spent 13 years with Nestle India and two years with PepsiCo. Mr. Banga was named to the board of directors of The Dow Chemical Company in February 2013. He is currently chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and chairs its Information and Technology Initiative. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo), The Economic Club of New York, The Financial Services Roundtable and the board of the New York City Ballet. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012. Within the last five years, Mr. Banga has also served as a director for Kraft Foods Inc., was on the board of trustees of each of the Asia Society, the New York Hall of Science, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and the National Urban League and was a director for the Council for Economic Education.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership,

Relevant Industry

and Technology

Experience

  President and Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International since July 2010; President and Chief Operating Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International from August 2009 until July 2010; extensive senior level experience in the global retail banking and payments industry through various positions at CitiBank,N.A., including Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific region; extensive senior level business experience in North America, Asia Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India; Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council; and member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, and chair of its Information and Technology Initiative.
   

Regulatory

Experience

  Engagement with regulators as President and Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International and as a senior executive at Citibank, N.A.; Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, a business advocacy organization formed by the U.S. and Indian governments; and member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and chair of its Information and Technology Initiative.
   
Finance Experience   Active supervision of principal financial officer as Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International since July 2010; former member of the finance committee at Kraft Foods Inc.
   

Brand and

Marketing

Expertise

 

Marketing experience at Nestle India, a global food and beverage company; brand and marketing experience at PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company; former director of Kraft Foods Inc., a global food company.

 

 

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Silvio Barzi

Director since 2008

Age: 65

Board Committees: Audit, Human Resources & Compensation

Primary Occupation: Former Senior Advisor and Executive Officer, UniCredit Group

Mr. Barzi has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since January 2008. Mr. Barzi previously served on the Company’s Board of Directors from April 2003 until May 2006 and again from June 2007 until January 2008 as a non-voting observer. He also served as a member of the MasterCard Europe Region board from 2001 until May 2006, and has been a member of the MasterCard European regional advisory board since the Company’s initial public offering in May 2006. Mr. Barzi has served as Chairman of the MasterCard European regional advisory board since June 2007. Mr. Barzi is the founder and, from June 2007 until his retirement in November 2010, was the Chairman of UniCredit Family Financing, a bank specializing in credit cards, consumer credit and mortgages and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UniCredit Group. Mr. Barzi was Executive Vice President of UniCredit Group until his retirement at the end of 2009. From February 2001 until May 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Consumer Financing. Subsequent to his retirement, Mr. Barzi served as a Senior Advisor for the UniCredit Group. Prior to joining UniCredit Group in 2000, Mr. Barzi was a Vice President at Booz Allen & Hamilton. From 1995 until 1998, he worked for the Credit Suisse-Winterthur Group, where as Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for the merger and integration of six Italian-based insurance companies. From 1981 to 1995, Mr. Barzi was a partner in the Italian office and a leader within the European Financial Institutions and Information Technology practices of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Barzi previously served as a director at SiNSYS, a subsidiary of SIA Group. He served from January 2011 until April 2012 as non-executive Chairman at Perago Financial System Enablers (Pty) Ltd., also a subsidiary of the SIA Group.

Director Qualifications:

 

   
Global Business, Leadership and Relevant Industry Experience   Senior executive experience in the retail banking and payments industry as founder and Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Family Financing (formerly known as UniCredit Consumer Financing), the bank within UniCredit Group which specialized in credit cards, consumer credit and mortgages, and as Executive Vice President of UniCredit Group, a multinational bank operating throughout Central and Eastern Europe; former director at SiNSYS, a European card processor; former non-executive Chairman at Perago Financial Systems Enablers (Pty) Ltd., a central banking applications software company located in South Africa.
   
Regulatory Experience   Engagement with regulators as former Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Consumer Financing and Executive Vice President of UniCredit Group.
   
Finance Experience   Actively supervised principal financial officer as Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Consumer Financing; Chief Operating Officer of Credit Suisse-Wintherthur Group, an insurance company; partner in the Italian office and leader within the European Financial Institutions and IT practices of McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm; member of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee from April 2008 to September 2011.
   
Technology Experience   Partner in Italian office and leader within the Information Technology practice of McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm; former director at Quercia Software, a technology company.

 

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David R. Carlucci

Director since 2006

Age: 59

Board Committees: Human Resources & Compensation (Chair)

Primary Occupation: Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IMS Health Incorporated

Mr. Carlucci has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Carlucci is the Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health Incorporated. He joined IMS Health Incorporated as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2002. In January 2005, he was named Chief Executive Officer and President and he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Mr. Carlucci was succeeded as Chief Executive Officer in September 2010 and he retired as Chairman in December 2010. From January 2000 until January 2002, before joining IMS Health Incorporated, Mr. Carlucci was General Manager of IBM Americas, which comprises all of IBM’s sales and distribution operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility at IBM, including General Manager of IBM’s S/390 Division from January 1998 to January 2000; Chief Information Officer from February 1997 to January 1998; General Manager, IBM Printing Systems Company from July 1995 to January 1997; Vice President, Systems, Industries and Services, Asia Pacific from January 1993 to July 1995; and Vice President, marketing and channel management, IBM Personal Computer Company—North America from February 1990 to December 1992.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership and

Technology

Experience

  Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health Incorporated, a US-based multinational corporation which is a leader in providing market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries; several senior executive level positions at IBM, including Chief Information Officer and operations and management experience in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
   

Regulatory

Experience

  Engagement with regulators as former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health Incorporated.
   
Finance Experience  

Actively supervised principal financial officer as Chief Executive Officer of IMS Health Incorporated; Chairman of MasterCard Incorporated’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee since 2006.

 

 

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Stephen J. Freiberg

Director since 2006

Age: 56

Board Committees: Non-Voting Advisor to Audit

Primary Occupation: Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

Mr. Freiberg has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2006. Previously, Mr. Freiberg served on the former U.S. region board of MasterCard from January 2001 until May 2006 and served as Chairman of the Company’s U.S. region board from 2004 until May 2006. Since December 2012, he has been a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group. Previously, Mr. Freiberg served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation from April 2010 until August 2012. From September 2005 until his retirement in January 2010, he served as Executive Vice President of Citibank N.A. From January 2009 until April 2009, Mr. Freiberg held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citi Holdings – Global Consumer. Prior to being appointed to this position in January 2009, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Cards for Citigroup. From 2005 until March 2008, Mr. Freiberg served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group N.A. and Co-Chair of the Global Consumer Group. Prior to his appointment as Co-Chairman of the Global Consumer Group in 2005, Mr. Freiberg served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citi Cards from 2001 until 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Freiberg held positions of increasing seniority with Citigroup’s predecessor companies and affiliates since joining Citigroup’s Card Products Division in 1980. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of several of Citigroup’s affiliates, including Citibank N.A., Citicorp Credit Services Inc., Citicorp Investment Services, Citicorp Insurance Group, Citibank Trust N.A., Citibank FSB and the Citigroup Foundation. Mr. Freiberg also serves on the board of trustees of the March of Dimes and Hofstra University and the Leadership Council for New York City Habitat for Humanity.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership and

Relevant Industry

Experience

  Former Chief Executive Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation Extensive; senior level experience on a global basis in the retail banking and payments industry through various positions at Citibank N.A., including various executive positions leading Citibank’s credit card and payments business; Chief Executive Officer of various units with Citigroup, including its global cards business.
   

Regulatory

Experience

  Engagement with regulators as former Chief Executive Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation and as a senior executive at Citibank N.A.
   
Finance Experience  

Actively supervised principal financial officer as Chief Executive Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation; service on MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee.

 

 

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Nancy J. Karch

Director since 2007

Age: 65

Board Committees: Audit, Nominating & Corporate Governance

Primary Occupation: Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Ms. Karch has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since January 2007. Ms. Karch is Director Emeritus of the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where she served as a senior partner from 1988 until 2000, and served in other capacities there beginning in 1974. She serves as a director and nominating and corporate governance committee chair for, and member of the audit committee of, Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.); a director and member of the management development and compensation committee and chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee for Genworth Financial, Inc.; director and member of the nominating and corporate governance committee for CEB, or The Corporate Executive Board Company; and a director and a member of the audit committee of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She is also a Trustee of The Westchester Land Trust and Northern Westchester Hospital, both not-for-profit organizations.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership and

Relevant Industry

Experience and

Brand and

Marketing Expertise

  Extensive focus on merchants and retail industry, as well as strategy and marketing, for global clients as a former senior partner of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm; merchant and retail experience through positions as a current director of Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.; consumer marketing experience as a Board member of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and as a former director of several retail and retail-centric companies, including The Gillette Company and Toys “R” Us Inc.; extensive experience as a director of U.S. public companies.
   
Finance Experience  

Former chair and current member of the audit committee of Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.; director and audit committee member of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; director of Genworth Financial, Inc., a leading life insurance and financial services company; former member of the audit committees of CEB, a business research firm; The Gillette Company and Toys “R” Us Inc.; member of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee since February 2007.

 

 

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Marc Olivié

Director since 2006

Age: 59

Board Committees: Audit, Human Resources & Compensation

Primary Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer, W.C. Bradley Co.

Mr. Olivié has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Olivié is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of W.C. Bradley Co. He is also the Chairman of MRO Management BVBA. From July 2007 to October 2008, he was Chief Executive Officer of MRO Management BVBA. From April 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Olivié was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agfa-Gevaert Group. During that time, he also served as the Executive Director of the board of directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Agfa-Gevaert N.V. From 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Olivié was Executive Vice President of the Agfa-Gevaert Group. From 2001 to 2004, he was Senior Vice President and President, Global Bath and Kitchen Products for American Standard Companies Inc. Prior thereto, Mr. Olivié was President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products for Armstrong Holdings, Inc. from 2000 to 2001 and of Armstrong Building Products for Armstrong Holdings, Inc. from 1996 to 2000. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Columbus State University Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s Passenger Rail Commission.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership,

Relevant Industry and Technology

Experience

  Merchant experience as current Chief Executive Officer of W.C. Bradley Co., a privately held corporation which operates several consumer durables businesses and retail operations; former Chief Executive Officer of Agfa-Gevaert Group, a European multinational technology company; merchant experience as former President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products and Armstrong Building Products for Armstrong Holdings, Inc. and as President, Global Bath and Kitchen Products for American Standard Companies, Inc.; extensive business experience in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
   
Finance Experience  

Active supervision of principal financial officer as Chief Executive Officer of several corporations, including W.C. Bradley Co.; former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agfa-Gevaert Group; member of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee since May 2006.

 

 

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Rima Qureshi

Director since 2011

Age: 48

Board Committees: Human Resources & Compensation

Primary Occupation: Senior Vice President – Strategic Projects, Ericsson

Ms. Qureshi was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in April 2011. Ms. Qureshi is Senior Vice President Strategic Projects at Ericsson. She has served in this position since her appointment in December 2012. She also serves as Chairperson of Ericsson’s Northern Europe, Russia and Central Asian Region, as well as head of Ericsson Response. From January 2010 until December 2012, Ms. Qureshi was Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit CDMA Mobile Systems. She previously served as Vice President, AT&T Improvement Program Manager for Ericsson North America from 2008 until 2009, and Vice President, Service Sales for Ericsson Canada in 2008. She served as Vice President and Head of Product Area Customer Support for Ericsson AB in Stockholm from 2004 until 2008. Ms. Qureshi also has served as head of Ericsson Response since 2006. Ms. Qureshi has held positions of increasing seniority within Ericsson in Canada and Sweden since joining the company in 1993. Before joining Ericsson, Ms. Qureshi served as an IT Consultant at DMR Group Inc.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business, Leadership,

Relevant Industry

and Technology Experience

  Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects, and formerly Business Unit Head, CDMA Mobile Systems, at Ericsson, a Stockholm-based world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally; proven leadership capabilities and responsibility for several thousand employees working in research and development, services and manufacturing as head of one of Ericsson’s four business units (comprised of businesses related to mobile telephony systems); positions in Canada and Sweden and numerous years of experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries in various segments of Ericsson’s business, including sales, product management, research and development, services, supply chain and inventory management.

 

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José Octavio Reyes Lagunes

Director since 2008

Age: 61

Board Committees: Human Resources & Compensation

Primary Occupation: Vice Chairman, – Coca-Cola Export Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company

Mr. Reyes has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since January 2008. Mr. Reyes is Vice-Chairman of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation, a position in which he has served since January 2013. He was President, Latin America Group at The Coca-Cola Company, from December 2002 to December 2012. Mr. Reyes began his career at The Coca-Cola Company in 1980 at Coca-Cola de México as Manager of Strategic Planning. In 1987, he was appointed Manager of the Sprite and Diet Coke brands at corporate headquarters in Atlanta. In 1990, he was appointed Marketing Director for Brazil, and he later became Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Coca-Cola de México. Mr. Reyes became President for Coca-Cola de México in 1996. In September 2002, Mr. Reyes was named President of the North Latin America Division at Coca-Cola, comprising Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Mr. Reyes spent five years with Grupo IRSA, a Monsanto Company joint venture. Mr. Reyes has been a member of the board of directors of Comex Paints since 2006 and is a member of the board of directors of Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City.

Director Qualifications:

 

   
Global Business, Leadership and Relevant Industry Experience   Merchant and retail experience as Vice-Chairman of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation, former president of Latin America group of The Coca-Cola Company, a global leading multinational public company in the beverage industry.
   

Brand and

Marketing Expertise

  Former brand manager for The Coca-Cola Company, with marketing positions of increasing responsibility in North America and Latin America.

 

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Mark Schwartz

Director since 2006

Age: 59

Board Committees: Audit (Chair), Nominating & Corporate Governance

Primary Occupation: Vice Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific

Mr. Schwartz has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Schwartz became Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific in June 2012. He had previously served in various positions at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 1979 to 2001, including as Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia, from 1999 to 2001; Member, Management Committee, from 1998 to 2001; and President, Goldman Sachs Japan, from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Schwartz was a partner of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 1988 until he initially retired in 2001. From 2006 until June 2012, he was Chairman of MissionPoint Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm he co-founded. From late 2002 until early 2005, he served as a senior advisor to George Soros and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of Soros Fund Management LLC. Mr. Schwartz currently serves as a director of SoftBank Corp. He is a Trustee, member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Executive Committee of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. He is a Trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital and is also an Honorary Trustee of Massachusetts General Hospital, on the board of directors of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard (formerly the Partners AIDS Research Center), and on the advisory board of the Center for Regenerative Medicine. At Harvard University, Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard College, the Committee on University Resources Executive Committee, the New York Major Gifts Committee, the Dean’s Executive Committee of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Asia Center and Harvard China Fund Advisory Committees. Within the last five years, Mr. Schwartz has also served as a director of Harbor Point Limited, a private reinsurance company in Bermuda, and Voltaix, LLC, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership and

Relevant Industry

Experience

  Current Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific; a leading investment bank, as well as former partner and holder of various senior level leadership positions with Goldman Sachs, including positions in the Asia Pacific region and member of Goldman Sachs Management Committee; former Chairman of MissionPoint Capital Partners LLC, a multinational investment fund and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Soros Fund Management LLC, an investment fund.
   
Finance Experience   In addition to Goldman Sachs and other experiences described above, current Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; former Chairman of the Audit Committee of Northern Westchester Hospital; determined by MasterCard Incorporated’s Board of Directors to be an “audit committee financial expert” and Chairman of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee since September 2006.
   
Regulatory Experience  

Engagement with regulators as Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific.

 

 

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Jackson P. Tai

Director since 2008

Age: 62

Board Committees: Audit

Primary Occupation: Former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group and DBS Bank Ltd.

Mr. Tai has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2008. Mr. Tai is the former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group and DBS Bank Ltd., having served as Chief Executive Officer from June 2002 until December 2007. Mr. Tai joined DBS Group in July 1999 as Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently served as President and Chief Operating Officer until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. From June 1974 until July 1999, Mr. Tai held several management positions in the Investment Banking Division at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated in New York, Tokyo and San Francisco. From January 2012 until May 2012, Mr. Tai served as interim president and chief executive officer of privately-held Brookstone Inc., where he has been a director since August 2008 and chairman of the board since February 2009, as well as a member of the audit committee. Mr. Tai currently serves as a director and a member of the audit committee of each of Bank of China, Limited, NYSE Euronext, Philips Electronics N.V. (in April 2012, he was appointed as chairman of the Philips Electronics N.V. audit committee) and Singapore Airlines. He is a director at privately-held Vaporstream, Inc. Within the last five years, Mr. Tai has also served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of the ING Groep NV supervisory board and has served on the board of directors of CapitaLand Limited and privately-held Cassis International Pte. Ltd. He has also served as a member of the Bloomberg Asia Pacific Advisory Board.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership,

Relevant Industry

and Technology

Experience

  Senior executive experience in the retail banking and payments industry as former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group and DBS Bank, Ltd., a Singapore-based bank with operations throughout the Asia Pacific region; various additional leadership positions with DBS Group and DBS Bank, Ltd.; former director on ING Groep NV supervisory board, a global financial institution based in Europe with retail and commercial banking operations in the U.S. and Europe; merchant experience as interim president and chief executive officer and non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Brookstone, Inc., a privately-held U.S. specialty retailer, and as a director of Singapore Airlines; technology experience as a director at Philips Electronics N.V., a global health and well-being company, and as a member of the technology committee at NYSE Euronext; director at privately held Cassis International Pte. Ltd. and a former director at Singapore Telecommunications Limited, both global telecommunications technology companies; engagement in global business issues and strategy as a director of NYSE Euronext, Netherlands-based Philips Electronics N.V., Singapore-based Singapore Airlines and Beijing-based Bank of China Ltd. and as a former director of Singapore-based CapitaLand Limited.
   
Finance Experience   Former Chief Financial Officer of DBS Group and DBS Bank Ltd.; active supervision of principal financial officer as former Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group and DBS Bank, Ltd.; chairman of the audit committee of Philips Electronics N.V. and member of the audit committees of Singapore Airlines, NYSE Euronext and Bank of China, Limited; former chairman of the audit committee of the ING Groep NV supervisory board and former member of the audit committees of Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a public financial and professional real estate services firm; member of the audit committee of privately-held Brookstone, Inc.; several management positions in the Investment Banking Division at JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated; former member of the Tapestry Network’s European Audit Committee Leadership Network (which provides updates of changes in accounting principles and practices to audit committee chairmen); determined by MasterCard Incorporated’s Board of Directors to be an “audit committee financial expert”, a non-voting participant on MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee from February 2009 to February 2011 and a member of MasterCard Incorporated’s Audit Committee since February 2011.
   

Regulatory

Experience

 

Engagement with regulators as former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group and DBS Bank, Ltd.

 

 

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Edward Suning Tian

Director since 2006

Age: 49

Board Committees: Nominating & Corporate Governance

Primary Occupation: Chairman, China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P.

Mr. Tian has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2006. Mr. Tian is the founder and Chairman of China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P. (“CBC Capital”) since February 2006. Prior to founding CBC Capital, Mr. Tian was the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Netcom Group Corporation (Hong Kong) Limited from November 2004 to May 2006. Mr. Tian also served as Vice President, China Network Communications Corporation Ltd., the parent company of China Netcom Group Corporation (Hong Kong) Limited during that period. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Tian served as Chief Executive Officer of China Netcom Corporation Ltd. Mr. Tian was the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of PCCW Limited from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Tian was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (formerly known as AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc.) from 1993 to 1999. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Asia Advisory Committee and the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy. In addition, Mr. Tian has been a member of the board of directors of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. since 1993, an independent non-executive director of Lenovo Group Limited since August 2007, a non-executive director of China Jiuhao Health Industry Corporation Limited (formerly Media China Corporation Limited) since January 2008 and an independent non-executive director of Taikang Life Insurance Company Limited since July 2008.

Director Qualifications:

 

   

Global Business,

Leadership,

Relevant Industry

and Technology

Experience

  Founder and current Chairman of CBC Capital, a private equity fund primarily focused on investments in telecom, broadband, media and technology in China; former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Netcom Group Corporation (Hong Kong) Limited, a leading multinational telecommunications and international data communications operator in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region; co-founder, former Chief Executive Officer and current director of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc., a leading telecommunications and technology corporation in China; director of Lenovo Group Limited, a personal technology company; director of China Jiuhao Health Industry Corporation Limited, a company engaged in health industry development, media and property investment in China. Former Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm.

 

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT CLASS A STOCKHOLDERS VOTE

“FOR” EACH NOMINEE TO SERVE AS DIRECTOR

 

 

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

The Company uses cash and stock-based compensation to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on its Board of Directors. The Company sets compensation for non-employee directors in light of the time commitment and prior experience levels expected of directors. The form and amount of director compensation is determined by the Board, based upon the recommendation of the Compensation Committee.

Cash Compensation

 

Directors who are not employees of the Company, other than the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, are paid an annual retainer of $90,000. In 2012, the Chairperson of the Board received an annual retainer of $125,000. Effective January 1, 2013, the Chairperson of the Board will receive an annual retainer of $140,000. Non-employee directors also receive an annual retainer for serving as a chairperson of a standing committee ($25,000 for the Audit Committee, $20,000 for the Compensation Committee and $20,000 for the Nominating Committee). An annual retainer for committee service is paid to non-employee directors who serve as members (non-chairperson role) on any standing committee ($15,000 for the Audit Committee, $10,000 for the Compensation Committee and $10,000 for the Nominating Committee). In addition, customary expenses for attending Board and committee meetings are reimbursed. Non-employee directors are also eligible to have MasterCard International make matching gift contributions of up to $5,000 in the name of the director to eligible charities.

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Non-employee directors, including the Chairperson of the Board, also receive an annual stock grant in the form of deferred stock units, or DSUs, or restricted stock under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2006 Non-Employee Director Equity Compensation Plan. In 2012, non-employee directors, other than the Chairperson of the Board, received a stock grant of approximately $130,000 in the form of restricted stock or DSUs, at the election of each director, and the Chairperson of the Board received a grant of approximately $180,000 in restricted stock or DSUs, at the election of the Chairperson, each of which is rounded to the nearest whole share.

Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

 

The Board adopted stock ownership guidelines, effective January 1, 2011, for non-employee directors for the purpose of aligning their interests with the interests of stockholders. These guidelines call for ownership of five times the non-employee director’s annual cash retainer to be held in Company stock. For purposes of these guidelines, shares of the Company’s Class A common stock held directly or indirectly by the non-employee director are included; DSUs are also included from the date of the grant. The non-employee directors are given six years from the time of being elected or appointed to the Board to attain these ownership levels.

Director Compensation in 2012

 

The following table summarizes the total compensation earned in 2012 by each of our non-employee directors who served as directors during 2012. The Company’s compensation policy is to pay directors in advance in January for the period from January to June and in arrears in December for the period from July to December. In the event that a non-employee director is nominated to the Board or appointed to a committee at any other point during the year, that director will receive a pro-rated amount of the retainer fee and any committee fees from the time he or she began service on the Board or a committee until the next regularly scheduled payment.

 

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Name

  (a)

 

Fees Earned  
or Paid in
Cash($)

(b)

 

Stock
Awards
($)(1)

(c)

 

Option
Awards($)  

(d)

 

Non-Equity
Incentive

Plan
Compensation  

($)

(e)

 

Change in
Pension Value
and Nonqualified  
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings($)

(f)

 

All Other
Compensation  
($)(2)

(g)

 

Total

($)

(h)

Richard Haythornthwaite(3)

    $ 160,000       $ 180,016       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 5,000       $ 345,016  

Silvio Barzi(4)

    $ 110,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $       $ 240,216  

David R. Carlucci(5)

    $ 110,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 5,000       $ 245,216  

Steven J. Freiberg(6)

    $ 105,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 5,000       $ 240,216  

Nancy J. Karch(7)

    $ 115,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 4,625       $ 249,841  

José Octavio Reyes Lagunes(8)

    $ 100,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $       $ 230,216  

Marc Olivié(9)

    $ 115,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 5,000       $ 250,216  

Rima Qureshi(10)

    $ 100,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $       $ 230,216  

Mark Schwartz(11)

    $ 125,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $       $ 255,216  

Jackson P. Tai(12)

    $ 105,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $ 10,000       $ 245,216  

Edward Suning Tian(13)

    $ 100,000       $ 130,216       $  —       $  —       $  —       $       $ 230,216  
(1) Represents the aggregate grant date fair value in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards, or GAAP, in connection with all stock awards granted to Board members in 2012. For 2012 stock awards, the Board members had the option to elect to receive restricted stock or DSUs. The DSUs are to be settled in shares of our Class A common stock on the fourth anniversary of the grant date unless the director’s service as a director is terminated earlier or the director elects to have the DSUs settle later. The share price used for conversion for the grant made on June 5, 2012, the date of the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders, was the closing price for our Class A common stock on the NYSE on that date ($408.20 per share).

 

(2) Represents Company-paid matching charitable contributions. For Mr. Tai, the matching contribution exceeded the Company’s $5,000 limit for the 2012 gift matching plan year due to a processing error.

 

(3) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $125,000 for service as Chairman of the Board, (b) an annual retainer of $20,000 for service as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and (c) $15,000 for service on the Audit Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 441 shares of restricted stock on June 5, 2012.

 

(4) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board, (b) $10,000 for service on the Compensation Committee and (c) $10,000 for service on the Nominating Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012. Mr. Barzi began deferring compensation in 2008, but none of his earnings on the deferred amounts are considered above market or preferential.

 

(5) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) an annual retainer of $20,000 for service as Chairman of the Compensation Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(6) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) $15,000 for service on the Audit Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012. Mr. Freiberg began deferring compensation as a member of the U.S. region board in 2002, but none of his earnings on the deferred amounts are considered above market or preferential.

 

(7) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board, (b) $10,000 for service on the Nominating Committee and (c) $15,000 for service on the Audit Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(8) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) $10,000 for service on the Compensation Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(9) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board, (b) $10,000 for service on the Compensation Committee and (c) $15,000 for service on the Audit Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 shares of restricted stock on June 5, 2012.

 

(10) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) $10,000 for service on the Compensation Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(11) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board, (b) an annual retainer of $25,000 for service as Chairman of the Audit Committee and (c) $10,000 for service on the Nominating Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(12) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) $15,000 for service on the Audit Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

(13) Represents (a) an annual retainer of $90,000 for service to the Board and (b) $10,000 for service on the Nominating Committee during 2012. The stock award represents a grant of 319 DSUs on June 5, 2012.

 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

We are committed to continually enhancing our proactive approach to corporate governance, which we believe helps us sustain our success and build long-term value for our stockholders. Our Board oversees the strategic direction of the Company and the performance of our business and management. It is actively involved in risk oversight, establishing and enhancing an increasing emphasis on a risk-aware culture throughout MasterCard. Our Board focuses on ensuring processes are in place for maintaining an ethical corporate culture and setting the right “tone at the top”. It is also actively engaged in managing talent and long-term succession planning for executives. It is led by an independent non-executive chairperson, and 11 out of our 12 Board members (and every member of our Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees) are independent. The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines, which provide a framework for the effective governance of the Company. Among other items, our Corporate Governance Guidelines, as well as the charters of our Board committees, our Code of Conduct and Supplemental Code of Ethics and our Political Activity Statement can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”.

We have taken numerous steps since our IPO in 2006 to continually enhance our proactive approach to corporate governance. Highlights include:

 

This year, we completed the phase-in of our declassified Board – starting at the Annual Meeting and going forward, all of our Board members will be elected annually

 

In 2010, we implemented majority voting for our director elections

 

Since our IPO in 2006, we have had an independent non-executive Chairperson of the Board

 

11 of our 12 Board members are independent, in accordance with New York Stock Exchange requirements and our Corporate Governance Guidelines

 

Our independent directors meet frequently in executive sessions

 

Our Board and committees engage in annual self-assessments that vary in format and approach

 

Our Board actively oversees risk of the Company, establishing and enhancing an increasing emphasis on a risk-aware culture throughout MasterCard and setting the right “tone at the top”

 

Our Board is actively engaged in managing talent and long-term succession planning for executives

 

In 2012, we provided enhanced political disclosure on our website as part of our updated Political Activity Statement

 

We have implemented stock ownership guidelines for executive officers and non-employee directors to further align their interests with the interests of stockholders.

Board Leadership Structure

 

The Company has an independent non-executive Chairperson of the Board. The role of the Chairperson is to provide governance and leadership to the Board, including helping to organize the work of the Board and ensuring that its members have information to effectively carry out their responsibilities. Specifically, the Chairperson’s responsibilities include, among others things:

 

 

presiding over meetings of the Board and executive sessions of non-management and independent directors;

 

 

overseeing the adequacy of information available to directors;

 

 

coordinating feedback regarding issues discussed in executive session as well as performance to the Chief Executive Officer;

 

 

facilitating effective communication between the Board and our stockholders, including, among other things, by presiding over the annual meeting, and any special meetings, of stockholders;

 

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working with the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary to facilitate clear communications by and between directors from different regions and representing different classes of stockholders; and

 

 

providing advice and counsel to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board does not have a specific policy regarding the separation of the roles of Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, as it believes it is in the best interests of the Company to make that determination based on the position and direction of the Company and the membership of the Board. The Company has had a non-executive Chairperson since its IPO in May 2006, and the Board believes having separate Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson positions, and having an independent director serve as Chairperson, continues to be the appropriate leadership structure for the Company at this time. The Board believes having separate Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson positions, and having an independent director serve as Chairperson, enables the Chief Executive Officer to focus on operation of the Company’s business, while the independent Chairperson focuses on leading the Board in its responsibilities of acting in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Board believes that the Company’s current leadership structure is supported by the Board’s role in risk oversight of the Company.

The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings of independent directors in executive session without management present, and may meet more frequently upon request of any independent director. The Chairperson of the Board ordinarily presides at such sessions.

Board Risk Oversight

 

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the Company’s overall risk profile and management’s processes for managing risk. Through the Board’s oversight, it establishes and enhances an increasing emphasis on a risk-aware culture throughout MasterCard, and sets the right “tone at the top”. The Board oversees risk both as a full Board and through its committees. The Board recognizes that it is neither possible nor desirable to eliminate all risks. Hence, it encourages thoughtful risk-taking when achieving the Company’s objectives. The Board meets at least annually with management to specifically discuss the Company’s risk management process and assess the major risks on which the Company intends to focus in the next year (including strategic and competitive, financial, brand and reputational, legal, regulatory and operational risks). Throughout the year, the Board and appropriate committees dedicate a portion of their meetings to review and discuss specific risk topics in greater detail. The Board considers management’s risk assessments and how key risks are managed as it evaluates the Company’s business strategy. Strategic and operational risks are also presented and discussed in the context of presentations to the Board at regularly scheduled Board meetings and during reports to the Board and its committees by the General Counsel and other officers. Oversight of certain specific risks is delegated to designated committees of the Board. These delegations include:

 

Audit Committee - oversees risks relating to the financial statements and financial reporting and controls; internal controls; and legal, regulatory and compliance risks. The Audit Committee also has broader oversight of risk as described below

 

Compensation Committee - oversees risks arising from the Company’s compensation policies and practices for all employees and non-executive directors

 

Nominating Committee - oversees risks related to the Company’s governance structure and processes, legal and policy matters that could have a significant reputational impact on the Company and the Company’s public affairs

Oversight of risk by the Board and its committees builds upon, and is part of, our Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) program. The ERM program is integrated with the business and designed to ensure appropriate and comprehensive oversight and management of end-to-end risk. The ERM program leverages our business processes to, among other things, ensure: allocation of resources to appropriately address risk; establishment of clear accountability for risk management; support for a cross-functional dialogue; and provision of transparency of risks to senior management, the Board and appropriate Board committees. Our ERM program seeks to accomplish these goals by: identifying, prioritizing and monitoring key risks; providing an independent view of our risk profile; and strengthening business operations by integrating ERM principles and continuing to create a risk-aware culture within MasterCard. MasterCard’s integrated risk management structure balances risk and return by having business units and central functions (such as finance and law) identify, own and manage risks, our executive officers set policy and accountability and the Board and committees provide oversight of the process.

 

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As part of its oversight process and as set forth in its charter, the Audit Committee oversees and discusses with management and the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm the Company’s guidelines and policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, as well as the Company’s major financial and other risk exposures (including those related to internal controls and legal, regulatory and compliance risks) and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures. The Audit Committee is provided at least annually with a report from the ERM function to monitor the status of the risk management process based on what is presented annually to the full Board. The Audit Committee also meets with management of business units and central functions on a rotating basis to discuss current and emerging risks. The Audit Committee reports to the Board with respect to internal controls, and approves internal and external audit plans based on a risk-based methodology and evaluation.

The Compensation Committee reviews and assesses the Company’s compensation policies and practices for all employees. Throughout the year, when establishing compensation program elements, making awards and determining final payouts for incentive compensation, the Compensation Committee considers the relationship of the Company’s risk oversight practices to employee compensation policies and practices for all employees (including non-executive officers), including whether the Company’s compensation programs create or encourage excessive risk-taking that is reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Compensation Committee’s assessment of risk is further discussed below under “Executive Compensation – Compensation Discussion and Analysis – Risk Assessment.”

Director Independence

 

Pursuant to the corporate governance listing standards of the NYSE, a majority of the Board (and each member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees) must be independent. The Board has adopted director independence standards, which are contained in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, to assist in its determination of director independence. No director will be considered “independent” unless the Board of Directors affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with the Company (either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the Company). When making “independence” determinations, the Board broadly considers all relevant facts and circumstances, as well as any other facts and considerations specified by the NYSE, by law or by any rule or regulation of any other regulatory body or self-regulatory body applicable to the Company. When assessing the materiality of a director’s relationship with the Company, the Board considers the issue not merely from the standpoint of the director, but also from that of persons or organizations with which the director has an affiliation. Material relationships can include commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable and familial relationships (among others). In addition, the Board applies the independence guidelines set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which generally track the independence standards set by the NYSE.

 

The Board of Directors has determined that each of our directors other than Mr. Banga qualify as independent directors within the meaning of Section 303A.02 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual and under the independence requirements adopted by the Board as set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines.

In the course of its determination regarding the independence of each non-management director, the Board considered any transactions, relationships and arrangements as required by Section 303A.02 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual and under the independence requirements adopted by the Board. In particular, the Board considered the following relationships with respect to certain directors:

 

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Director   Relationship

Silvio Barzi

  Former Senior Advisor and Executive Officer of UniCredit Group; director of SiNSYS (a subsidiary of the SIA Group)

Steven J. Freiberg

  Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group; Former director and Chief Executive Officer of E*TRADE Financial Corporation; Member of the Leadership Council of New York City Habitat for Humanity; member of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes

Richard Haythornthwaite

  Chairman of Southbank Centre Board

Nancy J. Karch

  Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company; director of CEB; director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Jose Octavio Reyes Lagunes

  Vice Chairman, Coca-Cola Export Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company

Mark Schwartz

  Vice Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific; director of SoftBank Corp.; various non-employee affiliations with Harvard University

Jackson P. Tai

  Director of NYSE Euronext; director of Bank of China, Limited; director of Philips Electronics N.V.; director of Singapore Airlines (which owns SilkAir)

Although service as a director or executive officer of another company alone is not a material relationship that would impair a director’s independence, the above listed relationships were reviewed by the Board. As to companies with which MasterCard has (or had) a business relationship and where a director is currently an executive officer, sales to and/or purchases from these entities amounted to less than the greater of $1 million or 2% of that company’s consolidated gross revenues during each of 2012, 2011 and 2010. Specifically, in making its independence determination, the Board considered the following facts with respect to certain directors named above and their primary employment relationships:

 

Third-Party Company   Payments

The Coca-Cola Company

  Received payments from MasterCard in each of 2010 and 2011 for MasterCard PayPass program support, with amounts that were less than $140,000 in each of 2010 and 2011

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

  Received payments from MasterCard in 2011 and 2012 with respect to asset management services, for an aggregate amount of approximately $230,000

Accordingly, the Board determined that, during all relevant years, none of the relationships listed above were of an amount or nature to impede the exercise of independent judgment by any of Ms.  Karch or Messrs. Barzi, Freiberg, Haythornthwaite, Reyes, Schwartz or Tai.

Additional Director Qualifications

 

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and by-laws, as well as our Corporate Governance Guidelines, provide for additional qualifications for service as a Board member, as well as limited membership for “Industry Directors” and officers or employees of the Company:

 

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Provision   Description

Qualifications for

Service

 

•  A person shall qualify for election and continued service as a director only if the Board has determined that he or she shall not, except in the case of an Industry Director (as defined below) or a director who is an officer or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, be a director, officer, employee or agent of, or represent or otherwise be affiliated with, a Member (as defined below) or a Similar Person (as defined below) or have been a director, officer, employee or agent of, or have represented or otherwise been affiliated with, a Member or Similar Person during the prior 18 months or otherwise have any business relationship with a Member or similar person that is material to such person. A “Member” is defined as any person that on May 30, 2006 was, or thereafter shall have become or shall become, a “Class A” (or principal) member or affiliate member of MasterCard International or licensee of any of the Company’s or MasterCard International’s brands, or an affiliate of any of the foregoing, whether or not he or she continues to retain such status. A “Similar Person” is defined as any person that is an operator, member or licensee of any general purpose payment card system that competes with the Company, or any affiliate of such a person;

 

•  No director shall be a trustee, officer, employee or agent of, or represent or otherwise be affiliated with, The MasterCard Foundation, or have been a director, officer, employee or agent of, or represented, or otherwise been affiliated with The MasterCard Foundation during the prior three years or otherwise have a business relationship with The MasterCard Foundation that is material to such person; and

 

•  No director shall be a director, regional board director, officer, employee or agent of, or represent: (1) an entity that owns and/or operates a payment card program that is competitive with any of the Company’s comparable card programs, as determined in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors or (2) an institution that is represented on any board of such an entity.

 

If at any time an individual fails to satisfy the above qualifications, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion, he or she automatically, without further action, ceases to be a director.

Industry Directors and Officers or Employees  

Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and by-laws provide for a limited number of Industry Directors, as well as officers or employees of the Company, to serve on the Board. An “Industry Director” is defined as any director, other than a director who is an officer or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, who is presently, or who has been, within the prior 18 months, previously affiliated with a Member or Similar Person. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and by-laws provide for the following Board and committee composition:

 

•  The Board will be composed of directors at least 64% of whom are not Industry Directors. Further, the number of directors who are neither Industry Directors nor officers or employees of the Company will at all times be at least two greater than the number of directors who are either Industry Directors or officers or employees of the Company.

 

•  Up to one-third of the members of any Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee or Executive Committee of the Board may be Industry Directors. No more than one Industry Director may serve on the Nominating Committee. No Industry Director shall participate in the process of nominating any person to serve as a director of the Company or selecting any person to serve as a director of The MasterCard Foundation.

 

The Board of Directors has deemed Messrs. Freiberg, Schwartz and Tai to be Industry Directors.

 

Quorum

Requirements

  A quorum will not be constituted unless directors who are neither Industry Directors nor officers or employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries represent a majority of the directors present. Furthermore, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that any newly created directorship on the Board that results from an increase in the number of directors and any vacancy occurring in the Board will be filled only by a majority of the directors then in office who are not Industry Directors, although less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director who is not an Industry Director, unless the Board will be composed only of Industry Directors, in which case any newly created directorship on the Board that results from an increase in the number of directors and any vacancy occurring in the Board will be filled only by a majority of the directors then in office, although less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director.

 

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Committees of the Board of Directors

 

The Company has a standing Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, each of which is described below. Each of these committees operates under a written charter, which is available to our stockholders through our website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”.

The following table summarizes the responsibilities and current membership of each committee and the total number of meetings each committee held in 2012. Each committee member has been determined by the Board to qualify as independent within the meaning of Section 303A.02 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual.

 

Audit Committee     

The Audit Committee assists our Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to, among other things, the quality and integrity of the Company’s financial statements; the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; the qualifications, performance and independence of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm; the performance of the Company’s internal audit function; and the quality of the Company’s internal controls. The Audit Committee also oversees risk assessment and risk management of the Company.

 

* Each member of the Audit Committee has been determined by the Board to qualify as independent under the independence criteria established by the SEC. The Board has also determined that each of the members of the Audit Committee is “financially literate” within the meaning of the listing standards of the NYSE. No member of the Audit Committee simultaneously serves on the audit committees of more than three public companies as defined in the NYSE corporate governance guidelines. The Board has identified both Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Tai as “audit committee financial experts” under the applicable SEC rules based on their experience and qualifications.

 

Committee Members:

 

Barzi

 

Haythornthwaite

 

Karch

 

Olivié

 

Schwartz (Chair)

 

Tai

 

 

Number of Meetings in 2012:

10

 

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee     

 

The Nominating Committee considers and nominates or recommends to the Board individuals to serve as directors of the Company, as further described under “Election of Directors – Director Nominations” above. The Nominating Committee also considers and recommends Board members to serve on committees. It develops and recommends to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company, oversees the annual process for Board and committee self-assessments, is engaged in long-term succession planning efforts for the Chief Executive Officer, considers legal and other matters that could have a significant reputational impact on the Company and otherwise takes a leadership role in shaping the Company’s corporate governance with a focus on the long-term interests of the Company and its stockholders.

 

Committee Members:

 

Haythornthwaite (Chair)

 

Karch

 

Schwartz

 

Tian

 

 

Number of Meetings in 2012:

5

 

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  Human Resources and Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is primarily responsible for, among other things, ensuring that the compensation and benefit programs of the Company are fair and appropriate, and designed to attract, retain and motivate employees. It ensures that pay practices are consistent with the Company’s stated compensation strategy. The Compensation Committee determines annual and long-term goals for the Company and ensures that compensation paid to the Chief Executive Officer, as well as other senior officers and key management through cash pay, or any type of long-term or stock-based awards, are commensurate with levels of performance. The Compensation Committee is also responsible for ensuring that the Company has a thorough succession planning process. It periodically reviews identified senior level positions and is informed of the development of viable candidates.

 

* Each member of the Compensation Committee (a) has been determined by the Board to be independent within the meaning of Section 303A.02(a)(ii) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (which becomes effective July 1, 2013 and begins to apply to listed companies in 2014) and (b) is a non-employee director for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act and an outside director for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Internal Revenue Code”).

 

Committee Members:

 

Barzi

 

Carlucci (Chair)

 

Olivié

 

Qureshi

 

Reyes

 

Number of Meetings in 2012:

7

 

Approval of Executive Compensation

The Compensation Committee approves the compensation of each of the Company’s executive officers, including the named executive officers listed in the Summary Compensation Table in this Proxy Statement. The Compensation Committee has exclusive authority to grant equity awards to executive officers of the Company. Our Chief Executive Officer will generally recommend to the Compensation Committee compensation decisions for the executive officers other than himself. The Compensation Committee also delegates specified administrative functions to certain officers of the Company, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. The Compensation Committee regularly reviews the Company’s executive compensation and benefits policies, programs and practices and monitors applicable new rules and evolving best practices concerning executive compensation.

 

Decision-Making Process for Executive Compensation

The agenda for meetings of the Compensation Committee is determined by the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee with the assistance of the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Compensation Committee meetings are regularly attended by the members of the Compensation Committee, Frederic W. Cook & Co. (the Compensation Committee’s outside consultant), the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer and other representatives of management as appropriate. Generally, the Compensation Committee also meets in executive session. The Chairperson of the Compensation Committee reports to the Board on the Compensation Committee’s decisions concerning, among other things, compensation of the Company’s non-employee directors and executive officers. At the end of each year, the Compensation Committee reviews and makes decisions on the elements and amount of compensation for our named executive officers. Additionally, the Compensation Committee approves the funding for the long-term incentive grants and annual cash-based incentive plans. The compensation consultant is retained by and reports directly to the Compensation Committee.

For more information on the Company’s processes and procedures for the consideration and determination of executive and non-employee director compensation, including the role of executive officers and the compensation consultant, see the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section in this Proxy Statement.

Attendance at Meetings

 

The Board of Directors held six meetings during 2012. During 2012, each director attended 75 percent or more of the aggregate of: (a) the total number of Board meetings held during the year and (b) the total number of meetings held by all Committees of the Board on which such director served during the year. The number of meetings held by each Committee during 2012 is set forth in the chart above under “Committees of the Board of Directors”.

The Company encourages directors to attend its annual meeting of stockholders and endeavours to hold Board and/or committee meetings on the same date as the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders in order to increase the number of directors who attend the annual meeting. All 12 members of the Board attended the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders.

 

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Code of Conduct and Supplemental Code of Ethics

 

The Company has a written Code of Conduct that applies to all executive officers, employees and directors of the Company and provides a statement of the Company’s policies and procedures for conducting business legally and ethically. In addition, the Company has adopted a written Supplemental Code of Ethics that applies only to the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller and certain other senior officers of the Company and its subsidiaries, including those who serve in financial, accounting, treasury, tax and legal advisory roles. Both the Code of Conduct and the Supplemental Code of Ethics are posted on our website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations” and are available free of charge to any person who requests them by writing to the Corporate Secretary, MasterCard Incorporated, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577, Attention Bart S. Goldstein.

Communicating with the Board

 

Stockholders and other interested parties may contact any member (or all members) of the Board of Directors (including, without limitation, the director that presides over the executive sessions of non-management directors, or the non-management directors as a group), any committee of the Board or any chair of any such committee by mail or electronically. To communicate with the Board, any individual directors or any group or committee of directors, correspondence should be addressed to the Board of Directors or any such individual directors or group or committee of directors by either name or title. All such correspondence can be sent by e-mail to corporate_secretary@mastercard.com or by mail to MasterCard Incorporated, Board of Directors, c/o the Office of the Corporate Secretary at 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577, Attention Bart S. Goldstein.

The Corporate Secretary or, in his absence, another member of the Company’s Law Department, opens all communications received for the sole purpose of determining whether the contents represent a message to the directors. All correspondence that is not in the nature of advertising, promotions of a product or service, or is not trivial, irrelevant, unduly hostile, threatening, illegal, patently offensive or similarly inappropriate will be forwarded promptly to the addressee. If no particular director is named, such communication will be forwarded, depending on the subject matter, to the chair of the Audit, Compensation or Nominating Committee, as appropriate.

If correspondence reflects a complaint or concern that involves (1) accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, (2) possible violations of, or non-compliance with, applicable legal and regulatory requirements, (3) possible violations of the Company’s Supplemental Code of Ethics for the Chief Executive Officer and senior officers or (4) retaliatory acts against anyone who makes such a complaint or assists in the investigation of such a complaint, the correspondence will be forwarded to the chair of the Audit Committee.

Stockholders, employees and others may also report complaints and concerns regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters, possible violations of, or non-compliance with, applicable legal and regulatory requirements, possible violations of the Company’s Supplemental Code of Ethics for the Chief Executive Officer and senior officers, or retaliatory acts against employees who make such a complaint or assist in the investigation of such a complaint in accordance with the Company’s Whistleblower Procedures. The General Counsel of the Company, who is the Company’s chief compliance officer, is responsible for keeping a docket of all reports received under the Company’s Whistleblower Procedures and summarizing the nature of the complaint and other relevant information. The General Counsel will report any recent developments of items listed on the docket in reasonable detail to the Chairperson of the Audit Committee (and, if the Chairperson so directs, to the full Audit Committee) at or in advance of each regularly scheduled meeting. The Company’s Whistleblower Procedures can be found on its website at http://www.mastercard.com by clicking on “About our Company” and “Investor Relations”.

 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY

Biographical data for the current executive officers of the Company (“Executive Officers”) is set forth below, excluding Mr. Banga, which is included above under “Proposal 1 – Election of Directors.” Each Executive Officer serves at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors. Each Executive Officer is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee, which manages the Company’s corporate performance and develops corporate strategy. Walter Macnee serves as Vice Chairman in the office of the CEO and as an advisor to the Executive Committee. The age for each Executive Officer is as of the time of the Annual Meeting.

 

LOGO

Ann Cairns
Age: 56

Ms. Cairns is President, International Markets for MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, she is responsible for MasterCard customer-related activities outside the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining MasterCard in August 2011, Ms. Cairns was a managing director and head of the Financial Industry Services Group for Europe with Alvarez & Marsal in London. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Cairns led the European team managing the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process. From 2002 until 2008, Ms. Cairns was CEO, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO in London, where she managed a global business with over 5 billion in revenue in 50 countries, covering the commercial, retail and financial institutions segments, and reported to the Group Board and served on the bank’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining ABN-AMRO, Ms. Cairns spent 15 years with Citigroup in a variety of senior operational roles, including Chief Operating Officer, e-Business, where she led U.S., European and Japanese operations.

 

 

 

LOGO

Gary J. Flood
Age:
54

Mr. Flood is President, Global Products and Solutions for MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, he has responsibility for the products and services that the Company delivers to its customers. Prior to being appointed to his current position in November 2007, Mr. Flood was Executive Vice President of Global Account Management for the Company. In this capacity, Mr. Flood oversaw the Company’s efforts to support its largest global customers. Previously, Mr. Flood was Senior Vice President of Consumer Card Product Management and Development, where he spent four years directing all MasterCard consumer credit programs in the United States. Mr. Flood joined the Company in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director and subsequently served in various increasingly senior positions at the Company. Before joining the Company, he was National Sales Manager for Citicorp’s Merchant Business.

 

 

 

LOGO

Ron Garrow
Age:
49

Mr. Garrow is Chief Human Resources Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, he is responsible for Global Human Resources, which includes the corporate and regional Human Resources functions. Prior to assuming this role in April 2013, Mr. Garrow was responsible for Global Human Resources Plans and Programs for the Company from November 2011 until March 2013, and was responsible for global talent acquisition, management and development from March 2010 until October 2011. Prior to joining the Company in March 2010, Mr. Garrow spent six years at Bank of America as the human resources executive for the chief financial officer and chief learning officer, among other positions. Previously, he spent 19 years at Wachovia in various positions of increasing levels of responsibility, including lastly as chief learning officer where he was responsible for the company’s Training, Leadership & Executive Development, Diversity and Learning Infrastructure. Mr. Garrow is a member of the Bersin Advisory Board and the NFTE Fairchester Advisory Board.

 

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LOGO

Noah J. Hanft
Age:
60

Mr. Hanft is General Counsel and Chief Franchise Integrity Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, he is responsible for legal affairs and public policy, serves as the Company’s chief compliance officer and has responsibility for MasterCard’s franchise development function and MasterCard’s Payment System Integrity function, which includes Fraud Management, Security and Risk Services and Global Product and Information Security. He was appointed as General Counsel of the Company in October 2000. Mr. Hanft served as Corporate Secretary of the Company from October 2000 until August 2012. He has served in various increasingly senior positions at the Company since 1984, except for 1990 to 1993, when he was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AT&T Universal Card Services Corp. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Hanft was associated with the intellectual property law firm of Ladas & Parry in New York. He began his career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society and now serves as a member of its board of directors. Mr. Hanft is also a member of the board of directors of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

LOGO

Martina Hund-Mejean
Age:
53

Ms. Hund-Mejean is Chief Financial Officer of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer in November 2007, Ms. Hund-Mejean served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Tyco International Ltd from December 2002 until November 2007. From 2000 to 2002, she was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Lucent Technologies Inc. (now Alcatel-Lucent). Ms. Hund-Mejean held a series of finance positions of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corporation, both in the U.S. and U.K., including Assistant Treasurer, from 1998 to 2000. She began her corporate career as a credit analyst at Dow Chemical in Frankfurt, Germany. Ms. Hund-Mejean is a director and member of the audit committee of Prudential Financial, Inc., a financial services company, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Virginia Darden School Foundation.

 

 

 

LOGO

Walter M.Macnee
Age:
58

Mr. Macnee is Vice Chairman for MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this capacity, he oversees various senior client, government and merchant relationships and plays a central role in steering the Company’s strategy toward the wider merchant community and other key stakeholders in the payments industry. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Mr. Macnee was President, International Markets, with responsibility for all markets and customer-related activities outside of the United States from January 2009 until August 2011. From November 2007 until January 2009, he was President, Global Markets. From 2006 until November 2007, Mr. Macnee was President of the Americas, with responsibility for building all aspects of the Company’s issuance and acceptance business in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2001 to 2004, he was President of MasterCard Canada. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Macnee served as Executive Vice President, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in Toronto. Previously, he spent 18 years with Toronto Dominion Bank.

 

 

 

LOGO

Chris A. McWilton
Age:
54

Mr. McWilton is President, North America for MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Mr. McWilton was President, U.S. Markets from January 2009 until December 2012. He was President, Global Accounts from November 2007 until January 2009. From October 2003 until November 2007, Mr. McWilton was Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to Mr. McWilton’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer in October 2003, he served as Senior Vice President and Controller of the Company. Prior to January 2003, Mr. McWilton was a partner at KPMG LLP, an international accounting and tax firm, where he specialized in financial and SEC reporting matters. Mr. McWilton joined KPMG LLP in 1980 and was elected to the partnership in 1992.

 

 

 

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LOGO

Robert Reeg
Age:
57

Mr. Reeg is President, MasterCard Technologies of MasterCard Incorporated and MasterCard International. In this role, Mr. Reeg oversees MasterCard’s strategic processing platform, global network and quality of operations and is based at the Company’s MasterCard Technologies headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Mr. Reeg served as Chief Technology Officer for MasterCard from 2005 until May 2008 and he was responsible for all computer operations, network engineering, technology architecture, database management, program management, and testing/software quality. From joining the Company in August 1995 until 2005, Mr. Reeg served in various increasingly senior positions at the Company in the technology organization. Prior to joining MasterCard in April 1995, Mr. Reeg held IT and business leadership positions with Sprint Corp., Cleveland Pneumatic, Totco Inc. and Conoco Inc. Mr. Reeg serves on the University of Missouri-St. Louis Leadership Council, Washington University’s Professional Degree Programs Academic Advisory Board, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Technology Committee. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement USA.

 

 

 

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OWNERSHIP OF EQUITY SECURITIES OF THE

COMPANY AND SECTION 16(a) COMPLIANCE

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of our voting securities by each person known to us to beneficially own more than five percent of any class of our voting securities, unless otherwise indicated, as of the Record Date.

 

   

 

Name and Address of

Beneficial Owner

  

 

    Shares of Class A Common Stock    
Beneficially Owned

  

 

Percent of Total Outstanding

    Class A Common Stock Beneficially    
Owned

The MasterCard Foundation (1)

2 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 301

Toronto, Ontario M4T 2T5

       12,153,057      10.4%

BlackRock, Inc. (2)

40 East 52nd Street

New York, NY 10022

       7,459,378      6.4%

FMR LLC (3)

82 Devonshire Street

Boston, MA 02109

       7,087,644      6.1%

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (4)

100 E. Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

       6,685,766      5.7%
(1) Based on a Form 4 filed with the SEC on March 18, 2013. Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 11, 2013, The MasterCard Foundation has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares of Class A common stock.

 

(2) Based on a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on January 30, 2013, BlackRock, Inc. has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to shares of Class A common stock.

 

(3) Based on a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 14, 2013, Fidelity Management & Research Company (“Fidelity”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMR LLC, is the beneficial owner of 6,821,759 shares of Class A common stock. Edward C. Johnson 3d, the Chairman of FMR LLC, and FMR LLC each has sole dispositive power with respect to these shares. Voting power for shares owned directly by the Fidelity funds resides with the funds’ Boards of Trustees. Fidelity Management Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMR LLC, is the beneficial owner of 33,384 shares of Class A common stock, with respect to which Edward C. Johnson 3d and FMR LLC each has sole voting and sole dispositive power. Strategic Advisers, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMR LLC, is the beneficial owner of 7,465 shares of Class A common stock, which FMR LLC beneficially owns. Pyramis Global Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMR LLC, is the beneficial owner of 19,540 shares of Class A common stock, of which Edward C. Johnson 3d and FMR LLC each has sole power to dispose of such shares and sole power to vote 11,500 shares of Class A common stock. Pyramis Global Advisors Trust Company is the beneficial owner of 141,629 shares of Class A common stock, of which Edward C. Johnson 3d and FMR LLC each has sole power to dispose of 141,629 shares of Class A common stock and sole power to vote 81,449 shares of Class A common stock. FIL Limited is the beneficial owner of 63,867 shares, and FMR LLC made its filing on Schedule 13G on a voluntary basis as if it beneficially owned such shares on a joint basis with FIL Limited. FIL Limited has sole dispositive power with respect to these shares, sole voting power with respect to 58,856 of these shares and no voting power with respect to 5,011 of these shares. FMR LLC, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Fidelity Management Trust Company and Strategic Advisers, Inc., share the address listed above. The address for Pyramis Global Advisors LLC and Pyramis Global Advisors Trust Company is 900 Salem Street, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02917. FIL Limited’s address is Pembroke Hall, 42 Crow Lane, Hamilton, Bermuda.

 

(4) Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 6, 2013 and explanatory information provided to MasterCard by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., these securities are owned by various individual and institutional investors for which T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. serves as an investment advisor with power to direct investments and/or sole power to vote the securities. For the purposes of the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. is deemed to be a beneficial owner of such securities; however, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. expressly disclaims that it is, in fact, the beneficial owner of such securities.

 

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Security Ownership of Directors and Management

 

The following table shows, as of the Record Date, all shares of our Class A common stock beneficially owned by each director, each named executive officer listed on the “Summary Compensation Table” and all directors and executive officers as a group. Such shares consist of:

 

 

the number of shares of Class A common stock directly or indirectly owned;

 

 

shares of Class A common stock that could have been acquired through the exercise of options to purchase shares of Class A common stock exercisable within 60 days of that date; or

 

 

any other stock awards that would vest within 60 days of that date, including restricted stock units and deferred stock units (“DSUs”).

Unless otherwise indicated, each of the named individuals and each member of the group have sole voting power and sole investment power with respect to the shares beneficially owned. The number of shares beneficially owned, as that term is defined by Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, by all directors and executive officers as a group as of the Record Date and each director and named executive officer individually is less than 1% of the Company’s outstanding shares of Class A common stock. No director or executive officer beneficially owns, either directly or indirectly, any shares of Class B common stock.

 

 

Name

 

Shares of Class A  
common stock

Directly and
 Indirectly Owned  

(a)

 

Stock Options
Exercisable, Restricted
 Stock Units Vesting and 
Deferred Stock Units
 Receivable Within 60 Days 

(b)(1)

 

Total Shares of Class A
common stock Beneficially Owned  
(includes shares, stock options,
 restricted stock units and deferred stock  
units from columns (a) and (b))

(c)

Richard Haythornthwaite

    3,277       2,573       5,850

Ajay Banga

  16,707     69,242     85,949

Silvio Barzi

       529       1,740       2,269

David Carlucci

    3,587       1,740       5,327

Steven J. Freiberg

    2,367       1,740       4,107

Nancy J. Karch

       615       1,740       2,355

Marc Olivié

    3,587       1,740       5,327

Rima Qureshi

           0          745          745

José Octavio Reyes Lagunes

       459       1,740       2,199

Mark Schwartz

    7,587       1,740       9,327

Jackson Tai

       350       1,740       2,090

Edward Suning Tian

    3,112       1,740       4,852

Ann Cairns

       423       1,263       1,686

Gary J. Flood

    7,948       6,843     14,791

Martina Hund-Mejean

  11,105 (2)(3)     25,996      37,101 (2)(3)

Chris A. McWilton

    7,435 (4)     18,801     26,236 (4)
All directors and executive officers as a group
(19 persons)
  79,848 (3)   152,186   232,034  (3)
(1) For non-executive directors, includes DSUs that will be settled within 60 days of either the Record Date or termination of a director’s service as a director.
(2) Includes 200 shares of Class A common stock held by Ms. Hund-Mejean’s husband.
(3) Fractional shares have been rounded up to the nearest whole share.
(4) Includes 3,692 shares of Class A common stock held in a grantor retained annuity trust for which Mr. McWilton is the sole trustee. Mr. McWilton has sole voting and investment power with respect to such shares.

 

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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Company’s directors and officers, and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of a registered class of the Company’s common stock, to file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock and our other equity securities with the SEC. Based solely on its review of the copies of such forms received by it and written representations from reporting persons that no other forms were required to be filed, the Company believes that all of its directors, officers and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of the Company’s Class A common stock complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them with respect to events and transactions that occurred during 2012.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED

TRANSACTIONS

The Code of Conduct requires that any transaction that exceeds $120,000 between the Company and a related party, or in which a related party would have a direct or indirect material interest, be promptly disclosed to the General Counsel of the Company. The General Counsel is required to disclose such transactions promptly to the Board of Directors. Transactions with related parties must be approved or ratified by the Board of Directors or a committee of the Board of Directors consisting of at least three disinterested directors. Any director having an interest in the transaction is not permitted to vote on such transaction. Under the Code of Conduct, a “related party” is any of the following:

 

 

an executive officer of the Company;

 

 

a director (or director nominee) of the Company;

 

 

an immediate family member of any executive officer or director (or director nominee);

 

 

a beneficial owner of five percent or more of any class of the Company’s voting securities; or

 

 

an entity in which one of the above described persons has a substantial ownership interest in or control of such entity.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes MasterCard’s executive compensation program for 2012 as well as certain elements of the 2013 program and analyzes the total compensation for our named executive officers who appear in the Summary Compensation Table in this Proxy Statement.

Executive Summary

 

MasterCard’s executive compensation program is designed to attract, motivate and retain our executives, including our named executive officers, who are critical to the Company’s long-term success. Our compensation program is based upon and designed to address three core principles:

 

Executive officer goals are linked with stockholder interests

 

Pay is significantly performance-based

 

Compensation opportunities are competitive to attract and retain talented employees

Our Compensation Committee, which is composed solely of independent directors, is responsible for oversight of our executive compensation program and decides the compensation to be paid to our executives. The Compensation Committee makes decisions on executive compensation from a total direct compensation perspective. Total direct compensation is composed of base salary, annual cash incentive and long-term, stock-based incentive compensation. A significant portion of our executives’ compensation is performance-based. In addition, our compensation program is weighted toward long-term equity awards rather than cash compensation in order to maximize retention and ensure that a substantial portion of our named executive officers’ compensation is directly aligned with stockholder interests.

For 2012, each of our named executive officers was provided with an opportunity to earn a cash incentive award under our Senior Executive Annual Incentive Compensation Plan, or SEAICP. Funding was based upon pre-established net income and net revenue targets, with the payout amount then based upon achievement of pre-determined quantitative and qualitative corporate performance objectives and personal objectives. For 2012, each of our named executive officers also received a long-term incentive award whose value was composed of 50% stock options and 50% performance stock units, or PSUs. The stock options vest in 25% increments on each of the first four anniversaries from the date of grant. Vesting of the PSUs depends on the Company’s performance against a pre-determined return on equity goal over a three-year performance period.

Financial and Operational Highlights

In recent years, MasterCard has had strong operational and financial performance, despite challenging global economic and financial conditions. The Company’s performance has resulted in the substantial appreciation of the Company’s stock price, from a $39 per share price at the time of the Company’s IPO in May 2006 to a closing stock price of approximately $522 per share as of April 19, 2013.

 

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In 2012, MasterCard again had strong annual operational and financial performance, which included the following highlights:

 

Net revenue of $7.4 billion, an increase of 13% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 (10% on an as-reported basis)   Cross-border volume growth of 16% on a local currency basis
Net income of $2.8 billion, an increase of 20% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 and excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, net income was $2.8 billion, an increase of 45% versus 2011)   Diluted EPS of $22.04, an increase of 22% versus 2011, adjusted for currency1 and excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, diluted EPS was $21.94, an increase of 48% versus 2011)
Operating margin of 53.5%, excluding special items2 in both periods (on an as-reported basis, operating margin was 53.3%);   Gross Dollar Value, or GDV, growth of 15% on a local currency basis
Repurchased 4.1 million shares at a cost of $1.7 billion   Processed transaction growth of 25% versus 2011
Maintenance of a strong capital position, including cash flow from operations of $2.9 billion during 2012 and $5.0 billion of cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities as of December 31, 2012

1.    Adjusted for the impact of foreign exchange rates with respect to the Euro and the Brazilian real. The presentation of growth rates adjusted for currency represent a non-GAAP measure and are calculated by re-measuring the prior period’s results using the current period’s exchange rates.

  

2.    Special items consist of the provisions recorded in 2011 ($770 million pre-tax, or $495 million on an after-tax basis) and 2012 ($20 million pre-tax, or $13 million on an after-tax basis) for potential settlements relating to the U.S. merchant litigations.

The Compensation Committee considered a number of quantitative and qualitative factors in determining the amount of the SEAICP bonus payout for 2012. The results outlined above demonstrate how MasterCard achieved or exceeded most of its goals despite the challenging economic environment that existed in virtually every region around the world during 2012. The Compensation Committee exercised its discretion and established the corporate score to be used for purposes of paying annual incentives under the SEAICP at 120% of target.

Key Features of our Executive Compensation Program

We believe the voting results from our 2012 say-on-pay proposal, as discussed below, shows strong shareholder support for our executive compensation approach. MasterCard’s Board of Directors, the Compensation Committee and management periodically review the compensation and benefit programs for executives and other employees to align them with the three core principles discussed above. Accordingly, the Company has adopted a number of practices over the last several years that affect our executive compensation program:

 

What We Do   What We Don’t Do
Annual “say-on-pay” advisory vote for stockholders   No hedging of Company stock
Pay for Performance   No new tax “gross ups” for executive officers
Use Peer Groups when establishing compensation   No tax “gross ups” for perquisites
Balance short- and long-term incentives   No new “evergreen” employment agreements
Align executive compensation with shareholder returns through long-term incentives   No new participants in the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, or SERP
Include caps on individual payouts in incentive plans   No repricing of options
Inclusion of a clawback policy in our incentive plans   No dividend equivalents on unvested equity awards
Significant stock ownership guidelines for executives and directors    
“Double-trigger” provisions for all plans that contemplate a change-in-control    
Condition grants of long-term incentive awards on execution of a non-solicitation, non-competition and non-disclosure agreement    
Mitigate undue risk taking in compensation programs    
Include criteria in incentive plans to maximize tax deductibility    
Retain an independent external compensation consultant    

 

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The Company’s Compensation Principles

 

As noted above, the Compensation Committee’s compensation decisions for our named executive officers are based on the following core principles:

 

Executive officer goals are linked with stockholder interests    The Company’s compensation policies are designed to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our stockholders.
Pay is significantly performance-based    We provide executive compensation from a total direct compensation perspective which consists of fixed and variable pay, with an emphasis on variable pay to reward short-and long-term performance measured against pre-established goals and objectives.
Compensation opportunities are competitive to attract and retain talented employees    Each year, the Compensation Committee assesses the competitiveness of total compensation levels for executives to enable the Company to successfully attract and retain executive talent.

Role of Compensation Consultant

 

The Compensation Committee retains its own outside compensation consultant. Beginning on January 1, 2011, the Compensation Committee engaged the services of Frederic W. Cook & Co. to provide primarily the following executive compensation consulting services:

 

 

assisting with the development and analysis of peer group companies for comparison of executive compensation;

 

 

conducting benchmarking of executive officer compensation relative to the peer group; and

 

 

advising on executive compensation and equity plan design.

The compensation consultant’s engagement includes reviewing and advising on all material aspects of executive compensation for the Company, including base salaries, annual incentives and equity compensation. In addition to the primary executive compensation services described above, during 2012 the compensation consultant, among other things:

 

 

reported on trends, developments and best practices in executive compensation;

 

 

discussed the merits of various performance metrics for incentive compensation;

 

 

reviewed and advised on perquisite practices among peer group companies; and

 

 

provided advice with respect to non-employee director compensation.

The compensation consultant regularly attends the meetings of the Compensation Committee. In the course of discharging its responsibilities to the Compensation Committee, the compensation consultant regularly communicates with the Chairman of the Compensation Committee outside of committee meetings. The compensation consultant also meets with management and various members of the Company’s executive compensation group, and in particular both the Company’s Head of Global Rewards and Chief Human Resources Officer, from time to time to, among other things, gather compensation-related information and review recommendations that the Chief Executive Officer may make to the Compensation Committee concerning executive officer compensation other than his own. The compensation consultant reports to the Compensation Committee on these matters rather than to management. The Compensation Committee considers the compensation consultant’s input and advice, yet uses its own independent judgment in making final decisions concerning compensation paid to executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee has the full authority to retain and terminate the services of the compensation consultant.

The compensation consultant does not provide any other services to the Company unless approved by the Compensation Committee, and no such services were provided in 2012. After reviewing information provided by the compensation consultant regarding its independence and considering the relevant independence factors pursuant to SEC guidelines, the Compensation Committee determined that no conflicts of interest existed in connection with the services the compensation consultant performed for the Compensation Committee in fiscal 2012.

 

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Peer Group

 

The Compensation Committee, with assistance from the compensation consultant, establishes the Company’s peer group that is used for market comparisons and benchmarking.

The first step in the selection process for determining the peer group is to identify potential peer companies with the following general characteristics:

 

 

Companies with comparable lines of business or in a related industry, such as the payments, technology or financial services industries;

 

Companies of a similar size, based primarily on revenue;

 

Companies with whom MasterCard competes for executive talent; and/or

 

Competitors for investor capital.

The Compensation Committee then reviews the potential peer group companies identified from the general characteristics above and then refines the list based on additional criteria. Those additional criteria include:

 

 

Companies with substantial operating margin;

 

Companies that derive at least 25% of their revenue from international operations;

 

Companies within a comparable range of MasterCard’s market capitalization; and/or

 

Companies that investors and analysts consider to be peers of MasterCard.

The general characteristics and additional criteria resulted in the selection by the Compensation Committee of the following peer group, which is unchanged from the prior year:

 

Adobe Systems

  CA Technologies   EMC Corporation   Paychex

American Express Co.

  Capital One Financial Corp.   Fidelity National Information Services Inc.   State Street

Automatic Data Processing Inc. 

  Cognizant Tech Solutions   Fiserv   Visa Inc.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. 

  Discover Financial Services Inc.    Juniper Networks   Western Union

BB&T

  eBay   Northern Trust Corp.   Yahoo!

At the time this peer group was initially approved, MasterCard’s revenue approximated the median revenue of the peer group and was in the top quartile of the peer group with respect to market capitalization. As of December 31, 2012, MasterCard’s revenue continued to approximate the median and its market capitalization remained in the top quartile of the peer group.

The compensation consultant used this peer group to develop the market data and benchmarking materials that were provided to the Compensation Committee to assist in the 2012 executive compensation decision making process.

While the Compensation Committee relies on the peer group analysis to provide market data and relevant trend information, it does not consider the peer group analysis as a substitute for its collective business judgment.

Executive Compensation Program Elements

 

The primary elements of our executive compensation program consist of base salary, annual incentive and long-term incentive compensation, which we refer to collectively as total direct compensation. The Compensation Committee makes decisions on executive compensation from a total direct compensation perspective. The elements of compensation were selected by the Compensation Committee because each element is considered by the Committee to be important in meeting one or more of the objectives of our compensation philosophy.

 

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Primary Elements of Our Executive Compensation Program

The following table provides information regarding the primary elements of total direct compensation for our named executive officers in 2012:

 

Element    Form    Objectives and Basis
   

Base Salary

   Cash   

•  Designed to attract and retain high quality executive officers

 

•  Reviewed at time of hire and, thereafter, annually and/or at the time of promotion

 

•  Considerations are peer group analysis, individual performance, unique position characteristics, job responsibilities, experience, retention and succession

 

•  Generally held constant for senior level executives once market competitive levels are achieved, subject to competitive factors and/or change in job responsibilities

   

Annual

Incentive

   Cash   

•  Designed to attract and retain high quality executive officers and reward the attainment of specific performance measures during a fiscal year

 

•  Target bonus amount is set as a percentage of base salary and is reviewed annually

 

•  Considerations are peer group analysis, Company and individual performance, unique position characteristics, job responsibilities, experience, retention and succession

 

•  Targeted with reference to a range around the median of market competitive levels of target compensation for similar positions

   

Long-Term

Incentive

  

Stock options and

PSUs

  

•  Designed to motivate and reward the executive officers for the attainment of long-term business objectives, and to align their interests with those of our stockholders

 

•  Targeted with reference to a range around the median of market competitive levels of target compensation for similar positions and is reviewed annually

 

•  Actual awards of annual stock options and PSUs based on peer group analysis,
Company and individual performance, unique position characteristics, experience, retention and succession

In assessing and establishing target total direct compensation for our named executive officers, the Compensation Committee each year examines and compares peer group data for each of the various compensation elements against the Company’s executive compensation and makes decisions after considering each individual element and its effect on total direct compensation and the corresponding position in the competitive market range. Worksheets showing, for each named executive officer, the individual compensation elements, amounts of each element and target total compensation relative to the peer group data are prepared by the compensation consultant and reviewed by the Compensation Committee. With the assistance of the Compensation Committee’s compensation consultant, targets are set for base salary, annual incentive and long-term equity. There is no pre-established policy or target for the allocation between cash and non-cash compensation or short-term and long-term compensation. However, these primary elements have been weighted to ensure that a substantial amount of named executive officers’ pay is variable and contingent upon meeting or exceeding pre-determined performance goals.

The compensation and awards granted to our named executive officers during 2012 were based on a consistent application of our compensation policies. The variance between the compensation paid to our Chief Executive Officer and the other named executive officers arose due to the different roles and levels of responsibility between the Chief Executive Officer and the other named executive officers, and the higher level of compensation that is paid to chief executive officers generally among the peer group companies. The actual compensation paid to executives may vary based on individual performance.

Base Salary

The Compensation Committee establishes base salaries that are informed by peer group data and reflective of the contributions of the executive officer to MasterCard.

Annual Incentive

MasterCard provides named executive officers with an opportunity to earn cash incentive awards through the SEAICP for the attainment of Company, business unit and individual goals over the course of the year. Company performance goals for 2012, as well as the types of pre-defined special items (as discussed in the footnote below the chart that follows), were

 

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established by the Compensation Committee in February 2012. The metrics selected for the funding formula were net income and net revenue. The Compensation Committee has determined that net income is a key metric in measuring management’s success in executing the Company’s strategies and initiatives. The Compensation Committee further determined that net revenue is an appropriate secondary measurement because the named executive officers’ performance can directly impact net revenue in short time horizons. The goals at minimum, target and maximum for 2012 under the SEAICP were as follows:

 

Measurement     Weighting (%)       Minimum       Target       Maximum       Result*  

Net Income ($millions)

      66.7         $2,046         $2,387         $2,731         $2,793  

Net Revenue ($millions)

      33.3         $5,570         $6,500         $7,431         $7,424  
* Results shown differ from net income and net revenue under GAAP because they exclude, as applicable: (1) an approximately $13 million after-tax charge related to the U.S. merchant litigation, (2) the impact of foreign exchange rates with respect to the Euro and the Brazilian Real and (3) the effect of the Company’s acquisition of Truaxis.

Based on the Company’s financial performance as set forth in the chart above, the pre-established maximum net income target for 2012 was exceeded and the net revenue result was slightly below the maximum. Accordingly, pursuant to the terms of the plan, the SEAICP could have been funded at almost 200% of target (the maximum level for the overall bonus pool). In addition to the SEAICP funding formula, the amount of the payout for each of the SEAICP participants within the funded amount was based upon achievement of pre-determined quantitative and qualitative corporate performance objectives, known as the corporate scorecard. The corporate scorecard includes objectives related to:

 

 

executing on the Company’s customer strategy;

 

 

delivering stockholder value by achieving net revenue, operating margin, net income and earnings per share targets; and

 

 

enhancing organizational capabilities, strengthening leadership and developing people.

In addition to assessing performance against net income and net revenue targets, the Compensation Committee considers the corporate scorecard and uses its business judgment in determining, within the amounts payable based on performance against the net income and net revenue targets, the amount of the incentive compensation under the SEAICP to be paid to each named executive officer. The Compensation Committee does not attempt to quantify, rank or assign relative weight to the various objectives included on the corporate scorecard and no single objective on the corporate scorecard was material to the Compensation Committee’s decisions. In late 2012, Mr. Banga presented to the Compensation Committee the Company’s forecasted results as measured against the quantitative and qualitative corporate scorecard objectives. The Compensation Committee considered the Company’s strong performance against the financial targets, as well as the information provided by Mr. Banga concerning the Company’s performance against the corporate scorecard and the challenging economic and financial conditions faced by the Company’s customers and consumers, with most of the annual goals achieved or exceeded. The Compensation Committee exercised its discretion and established the corporate score to be used for purposes of paying annual incentives under the SEAICP at 120% of target.

In determining the annual incentive amounts for each named executive officer, the Compensation Committee considered the shared responsibility for the corporate score as well as the personal objectives of each individual. These personal objectives are summarized below:

 

Name   Primary 2012 Personal Objectives

Ajay Banga

  Refining the Company’s overall strategy to accelerate diverse revenue growth, establishing a roadmap for continued success, operational execution and enhancing the Company’s perception in the marketplace with key constituents

Martina Hund-Mejean

  Strategic development, risk mitigation, progressing the tax strategy and strategic sourcing improvements

Chris A. McWilton

  Revenue growth in the U.S. region and improving customer satisfaction

Gary J. Flood

  Global advancement of products and organizational development

Ann Cairns

  Revenue growth globally (excluding the U.S. region) and improving customer satisfaction

 

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The Compensation Committee chose to allocate the funded amount of the bonus pool under the SEAICP among the named executive officers and other Executive Committee members after discussing and considering their contribution to the overall business results, their attainment of individual objectives and their proficiency in displaying the Company’s leadership principles and core competencies. As set forth in the far right column in the table below, this approach led the Compensation Committee to award SEAICP payouts within a relatively comparable range to each named executive officer, excluding the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Banga received a payout under the SEAICP of 163% of target in recognition of the strong results he achieved in various areas, including growing market share through his involvement in key deals, leading the engagement with regulators and legislators around the world on the benefits of electronic payments, driving innovation in the Company through our efforts in emerging payments, leading the Company’s expansion into new markets and guiding efforts to improve customer satisfaction, brand awareness and employee engagement.

The table below sets forth the threshold, target, maximum and actual payout under our SEAICP for 2012 for each of our named executive officers:

 

Name          Threshold              Target              Maximum              Actual              % of Target    

Ajay Banga

     $ 750,000      $ 1,500,000          $ 3,750,000        $ 2,450,000      163%

Martina Hund-Mejean

     $ 300,000      $ 600,000          $ 1,500,000        $ 724,500      121%

Chris A. McWilton

     $ 345,000      $ 690,000          $ 1,725,000        $ 853,475      124%

Gary J. Flood

     $ 345,000      $ 690,000          $ 1,725,000        $ 809,370      117%

Ann Cairns

     $ 345,000      $ 690,000          $ 1,725,000        $ 893,067      130%

Long-Term Incentive

The Compensation Committee uses equity grants as the primary means of providing long-term incentives to our named executive officers. Non-qualified stock options, PSUs and Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) were granted to employees and certain executives of the Company in March 2012 during the annual grant cycle. Information regarding the long-term awards for our named executive officers is set forth in the “Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2012” table.

The Compensation Committee determined that for the 2012 annual grant made in March 2012, all named executive officers should receive a long-term incentive award whose value was composed of 50% stock options and 50% PSUs. In making its determination on what type of awards to grant, the Compensation Committee considered the following:

 

 

peer group information;

 

 

trends in long-term incentive grants;

 

 

the deductibility of stock options and PSUs under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code for performance-based compensation;

 

 

the accounting treatment of such awards; and

 

 

the effect of having the Chief Executive Officer and other named executive officers receive a significant portion of their total direct compensation in equity awards to motivate and provide an incentive for these officers and to align their interests with those of our stockholders.

The Compensation Committee determined to utilize PSUs as part of the 2012 long-term compensation for named executive officers because the Compensation Committee desired to: (1) tie some long-term incentive compensation to the achievement of the Company’s long-term objectives, (2) have the value of the award upon vesting determined by performance against specified objectives rather than solely dictated by the Company’s future stock price and (3) provide an award to the named executive officers that could be treated as “qualified” performance-based compensation and thus exempt from the deduction limit under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Ultimately, the Compensation Committee determined to use an equal split of stock options and PSUs because it believed that equity compensation should be equally dependent upon stock price appreciation and upon the successful achievement of specified financial results.

On March 1, 2012, the Compensation Committee granted the following aggregate dollar amounts of stock options and PSUs under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2006 Long Term Incentive Plan, or LTIP, to our named executive officers:

 

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Name        Stock Options            Performance Stock Units            Total    

Ajay Banga

   $ 3,750,000    $ 3,750,000        $ 7,500,000    

Martina Hund-Mejean

   $ 900,000    $ 900,000        $ 1,800,000    

Chris A. McWilton

   $ 850,000    $ 850,000        $ 1,700,000    

Gary J. Flood

   $ 900,000    $ 900,000        $ 1,800,000    

Ann Cairns

   $ 750,000    $ 750,000        $ 1,500,000    

The stock option awards have an exercise price of $420.43 per share, which was the closing price of the Company’s Class A common stock on the NYSE on March 1, 2012, and vest in four equal annual installments beginning on March 1, 2013. The stock option awards have a term of 10 years.

Whether, and the extent to which, the PSUs awarded in 2012 vest will be based on the Company’s three-year average performance against a predetermined return on equity goal. The actual results during the performance period of January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014, will be measured against the threshold, target and maximum performance goals. In the event the PSUs do vest on February 28, 2015, the ultimate number of shares to be issued on the vesting date will be based on the performance against the return on equity goal, with a reduction, if any, determined at the discretion of the Compensation Committee using the results of the corporate scorecard, which comprises quantitative and qualitative goals that are established at the beginning of each year during the performance period. The corporate scorecard includes goals for net income and net revenue, among other metrics, and is based upon a range of assumptions used in the Company’s budgeting process. The Compensation Committee does not perform any specific analysis on the probability of achievement of the performance goals; however, it relies upon its experience and collective business judgment in establishing the goals.

The Compensation Committee established the 2012–2014 return on equity goal and the 2012 quantitative and qualitative objectives (that were included in the corporate scorecard for 2012) at the same time it authorized the PSU awards for the performance period. The Compensation Committee established the 2013 quantitative and qualitative objectives (that are included in the corporate scorecard for 2013) in the first quarter of 2013 and will establish the 2014 objectives in the first quarter of next year. The 2012 quantitative and qualitative objectives primarily include net revenue, operating margin, net income and earnings per share targets, as well as other objectives. The Compensation Committee believes that target performance against the return on equity goal and the objectives in the corporate scorecard are attainable, yet provide appropriate incentives for management to continue to grow and diversify the Company in geographic markets with diverse product offerings. The Compensation Committee believes that achievement of maximum performance goals against the return on equity metric and the corporate scorecard would require exceptional corporate performance in each year of the three-year performance period.

In its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company began accruing the PSU awards made in March 2012 at an amount between the target and maximum performance level based on the Company’s assessment of its obligations, including after quantitative and qualitative considerations of actual and forecasted results compared to the return on equity goal and the performance targets that were part of the corporate scorecard for these awards as of December 31, 2012. As a result, columns (i) and (j) in the “Outstanding Equity Awards at 2012 Fiscal Year-End” table that follows this section include, for the PSUs granted on March 1, 2012, the number of shares that would be issued at the maximum performance level. The actual number of shares of Class A common stock to be issued and actual payout value of unearned shares will be determined based on the Company’s performance over the three-year performance period ending December 31, 2014.

 

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2012 Target Total Direct Compensation

The charts shown below illustrate the balance of the primary elements of total direct compensation (at the 2012 target values) for Mr. Banga and the average of the other named executive officers:

 

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The Compensation Committee establishes the target total direct compensation for each named executive officer after reviewing peer group data for each of the various compensation elements and considering each individual element and its effect on total direct compensation and the corresponding position in the competitive market range. As the charts above demonstrate, a substantial majority of our named executive officers’ target total direct compensation is performance-based and at risk. Target total direct compensation for our Chief Executive Officer is weighted more toward long-term incentives than the other named executive officers, as the Compensation Committee wants to encourage our Chief Executive Officer to primarily focus on long-term growth for the Company. See the “Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2012” table for additional information for each of our named executive officers with respect to their 2012 target annual and long-term incentive awards.

Role of Executive Officers in Compensation Decisions

 

Compensation decisions for the named executive officers for the current year are generally discussed in the fourth quarter of the prior year. The decisions are then approved in the first quarter of the current year, after audited financials for the prior year have been released.

In connection with annual compensation decisions for named executive officers, our Chief Executive Officer discusses with the Compensation Committee the Company’s performance for the year. He then provides a summary of business unit and each other named executive officer’s individual performance, their impact on the corporate scorecard and an assessment of their potential and core competencies. Using information compiled and supplied by the compensation consultant, including peer group compensation information, our Chief Executive Officer presents compensation recommendations for the named executive officers other than himself to the Compensation Committee for its review and discussion. Only the Chief Executive Officer discusses or makes a recommendation concerning compensation of the other named executive officers. The compensation consultant provides background information on how the peer group data has been generated and discusses the competitive positioning of each executive versus comparable executives in the peer group. When the discussion relates to the Chief Executive Officer’s performance and compensation, the Chief Executive Officer meets with the Board of Directors to discuss his own performance and to outline his challenges and successes for the year. The Chairperson of the Compensation Committee then leads an executive session discussion among the Board of Directors on the Chief Executive Officer’s performance and compensation. The Compensation Committee then meets in private to evaluate recommendations and ultimately makes preliminary compensation determinations for the named executive officers (including the Chief Executive Officer). The Compensation Committee considers input from the Board of Directors prior to making a recommendation concerning the Chief Executive Officer’s target total direct compensation for the ensuing year (that is, base salary, annual incentive target and long-term incentive target), the annual incentive amount for the most recently-completed year and the

 

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number of PSUs that should vest for the most recently-completed performance period. The Compensation Committee also receives information from the compensation consultant, which includes CEO compensation information from the peer group companies. The recommendations are conditional and become final after audited financials for the prior year have been released.

Other Compensation

 

Perquisites

For 2012, perquisite allowances were approved in the same amounts (per position) as in 2011. The Compensation Committee has determined that perquisite allowances providing a discretionary amount to spend are the most effective delivery mechanism because they provide flexibility to the executive and are excluded from ordinary compensation for the purposes of determining benefits or bonuses. Additionally, the Compensation Committee determined that for productivity and security reasons, Mr. Banga be allowed to use a Company-leased automobile with a driver for commuting purposes. This enables Mr. Banga to make more efficient use of his time, while providing him with a higher level of safety and personal security. Additionally, Mr. Banga is also permitted limited use of the Company-leased aircraft for personal travel. Mr. Banga reimburses the Company, as calculated using the Standard Industry Fare Level rates published by the Internal Revenue Service, for any personal use of the airplane. The Compensation Committee continues to evaluate perquisites annually. For more information on perquisites provided to our named executive officers, refer to the “All Other Compensation in 2012” table.

Deferred Compensation

In 2012, all U.S. employees, including the named executive officers, who exceeded an annual base salary threshold of $170,000 during 2011, were eligible to defer a portion of future compensation into a non-qualified deferred compensation arrangement, referred to as the MasterCard Incorporated Deferral Plan. None of the named executive officers elected to defer compensation in 2012.

Profit Sharing

In 2011, all U.S. employees were eligible to participate in the MasterCard Incorporated Shared Profit Plan (the “SPP”). As of January 1, 2012, U.S. executives, including the named executive officers, were no longer eligible to participate in the SPP. The SPP rewards all eligible employees for their contributions toward MasterCard’s profitability during the year. Based upon a qualitative assessment (including a review of financial performance), the Compensation Committee determines profit sharing payments on an annual basis. Payment is a percentage of an individual employee’s base salary and, pursuant to the terms of the SPP, can range from 0 – 10% of such base salary. For 2012, the profit sharing payment was 7.2% of each eligible individual employee’s base salary.

Other Benefits

The Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing specific benefit arrangements for named executive officers and other key employees to determine competitiveness in the market, as well as to ensure that these programs are consistent with management’s objectives to attract, retain and motivate high-performing employees. The Company maintains several other benefit plans and programs in which named executive officers may be eligible to participate. These plans and programs include:

 

 

the MasterCard Accumulation Plan (the “MAP”);

 

 

the MasterCard Savings Plan (the “Savings Plan”);

 

 

the Restoration Program;

 

 

the SERP;

 

 

MasterCard UK Pension Plan; and

 

 

MasterCard’s health and welfare programs.

The MAP is a tax-qualified defined benefit pension plan that provides benefits using a cash balance formula. Effective January 1, 2013, pay credits to MAP ceased for all employees. MAP participants continue to earn interest credits. Prior to July 1, 2007, all U.S. employees of the Company, including Messrs. McWilton and Flood, generally were eligible to participate in the

 

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MAP. MasterCard eliminated the MAP for all new hires after June 30, 2007 and froze the pay credit level (which is the credited percentage of a MAP participant’s eligible compensation) for all existing employees at that date. In September 2010, pay credit levels were reduced to either 8% or 4% for all employees effective January 1, 2011. Employees whose pay credit level from July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010 was either 14%, 12% or 10% received an 8% pay credit during 2011. Employees at the 8%, 5.75% or 4.5% pay credit level from July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010, received a 4% pay credit during 2011. For the 2012 plan year, all eligible participating employees received a 4% pay credit.

The Savings Plan is a 401(k) retirement plan for U.S. employees, including named executive officers. For 2012, the components of the plan include employee contributions on a before-tax, Roth and/or after-tax basis and an employer matching contribution. Employees hired after June 30, 2007, including Mr. Banga and Ms. Hund-Mejean, are eligible for an enhanced 401(k) match (employer matching contribution equal to 125% of employee before-tax, Roth and/or after-tax contributions, up to 6% of eligible compensation per pay period). Prior to January 1, 2013, employees previously participating in the MAP (those who were hired prior to July 1, 2007, including Mr. McWilton and Mr. Flood) continued to receive an employer matching contribution equal to 100% of employee contributions, up to 6% of eligible compensation per pay period. Eligible compensation in the Savings Plan is limited to base salary, up to the limit on compensation under Section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code, which was $250,000 in 2012. Effective January 1, 2012, all participating employees were eligible to receive an annual, non-elective, discretionary Company contribution of up to 1.25% of base salary into their Savings Plan account, which was paid in the first quarter of 2013. Additionally, as of January 1, 2013 and in conjunction with the elimination of pay credits under the MAP, all Savings Plan participants are eligible for the enhanced 401(k) match of 125% of employee before-tax, Roth and/or after-tax contributions, up to 6% of eligible compensation per pay period.

The Restoration Program is an arrangement for certain highly-compensated employees, including the named executive officers, that provides for annual taxable payments intended to restore benefits that could not be earned under the MAP and Savings Plan due to limits imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. Section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code generally limits the annual benefits that can be earned or paid under the MAP ($200,000 in 2012) and annual contributions that may be credited to a participant’s account under the Savings Plan ($50,000 in 2012). Section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code limits the annual compensation that can be used to calculate annual pay credits under the MAP and annual contributions to the Savings Plan ($250,000 in 2012). Under the Restoration Program, actively employed eligible employees receive an annual payment that is intended to approximately restore, for a calendar year, the difference between (1) the pay credits under the MAP and employer matching contributions in the Savings Plan an employee could have earned in the absence of the limits imposed by the Internal Revenue Code and (2) the pay credits and employer matching contributions actually earned under the MAP and the Savings Plan.

The Company also maintains the SERP, a defined benefit pension plan. Only two executives participate in the SERP – one named executive officer (Mr. McWilton) and one other member of the Executive Committee. The SERP was implemented prior to MasterCard’s IPO in May 2006 and prior to MasterCard’s decision to grant equity to its executives. The Compensation Committee approved a recommendation in February 2008 to discontinue the SERP. The participants in the SERP as of February 2008 remain active in the plan and retain their right to receive their vested balances in accordance with the terms of the SERP. The SERP provides that participants who have a vested benefit following their termination of employment will receive a benefit equal to a designated percentage of the participant’s final 48-month average base pay (determined as of the termination date), that is the lump sum actuarial equivalent of an annuity for the life of the participant, reduced by (1) a benefit under a hypothetical prior employer benefit plan, (2) the benefits earned under the MAP as of the termination date, (3) the portion of the benefit under the Restoration Program as of the termination date related to the MAP benefit and (4) estimated Social Security benefits. The designated percentage of the final 48-month average base pay is 80% for the two participants. To the extent that the offsets are greater than the aggregate SERP benefit, a participant would not receive a payout under the SERP. Participants in the SERP generally vest in their benefits upon the attainment of age 60. For more information on the MAP and the SERP, see the section entitled “Pension Benefits in 2012” that follows this Compensation Discussion and Analysis.

The MasterCard UK Pension Plan is a defined contribution retirement scheme for U.K. employees, including Ms. Cairns. For 2012, the plan included employee and employer contributions. Employee contributions are not required and are not eligible for a company match. All participating employees, regardless of whether they contribute to the plan, receive a Company contribution equal to 16% of their pensionable salary (defined as 95% of base salary, less an offset equal to 1.5 times the basic state pension).

 

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2012 Say-on-Pay Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

 

MasterCard provided stockholders with a “say-on-pay” advisory vote on its executive compensation in 2012. At our 2012 annual meeting of stockholders, more than 96% of the votes cast on the say-on-pay proposal were in favor of our executive compensation program and policies. The Compensation Committee evaluated the results of the say-on-pay vote; in light of the substantial support of our executive compensation program, it did not make any significant changes to our executive compensation program and policies for 2012 compensation. The Compensation Committee will continue to consider the outcome of future say-on-pay votes when making future compensation decisions for the named executive officers.

Clawbacks

 

Named executive officer participation in the LTIP, our long-term incentive plan, is conditioned upon participants signing a non-solicitation, non-competition and non-disclosure agreement with the Company. The non-competition covenant is effective for 12 months and the non-solicitation covenant is effective for 24 months (18 months, in Ms. Cairns’ case) after termination from the Company. The agreement also contains a provision for the recovery by the Company, in the event of a violation of the non-solicitation, non-competition or non-disclosure covenants, of gains realized from stock options exercised during the two-year period prior to the date of the violation and the value of any stock awards other than stock options that vested in the two-year period prior to the violation, or to the extent no such stock award vested during that period, the gross amount of annual incentive payouts under the SEAICP.

In addition, the SEAICP and our agreements for grants of performance stock units also include a clawback policy in which these awards are repayable to the Company in the event of a material financial restatement.

Risk Assessment

 

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and assessed the Company’s compensation policies and practices for all employees, including our named executive officers. Throughout the year, when establishing compensation program elements, making awards and determining final payouts for incentive compensation, the Compensation Committee considers the relationship of the Company’s risk oversight practices to employee compensation. The Compensation Committee believes that the Company’s compensation program and policies do not create or encourage excessive risk-taking that is reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. Several features in the Company’s compensation program and policies mitigate or reduce the likelihood of excessive risk-taking by employees, including the following:

 

The core principles and compensation program elements discussed above are designed to align compensation goals with stockholder interests   The funded pool of our SEAICP is capped at 200% of the aggregate of all target bonuses, and individual awards in the plan may not exceed 250% of any individual’s target bonus
Pay typically consists of a mix of fixed and variable compensation, with the variable compensation designed to reward both short- and long-term corporate performance   The SEAICP and agreements for grants of PSUs contain a clawback provision for material restatements of financial results
The number of shares of our Class A common stock that can be issued upon satisfaction of the performance goals in our PSUs is capped at 200% of target   A significant portion of our executive officers’ total direct compensation is in the form of equity-based incentive awards that vest over multiple years
Approximately 100 key managers and executives, including our named executive officers, are covered by the Company’s stock ownership guidelines, which call for ownership of one to six times the individual’s base salary in Company stock   Grants of long-term incentive awards are conditioned on execution by participants of a non-solicitation, non-competition and non-disclosure agreement, and the grant agreements contain a clawback policy for violations of the non-solicitation, non-competition or non-disclosure covenants
The Compensation Committee has the ability to use, and has used, its discretion to reduce payouts under the SEAICP    

 

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Stock Option Grant Practices

 

The Compensation Committee has adopted a policy with respect to equity awards that contains procedures to prevent stock option backdating or other timing issues. Under the policy, the Compensation Committee has exclusive authority to grant equity awards to our named executive officers. The policy provides that annual equity grants to employees will be approved by the Compensation Committee at a meeting prior to March 1 each year, with the dollar amounts for such awards to be set at such meeting and grants to be made effective as of, and with an exercise price reflecting the closing price of our Class A common stock on the NYSE on, March 1 each year. If March 1 falls on a weekend, the exercise price for any stock options granted will be the closing price of the stock on the last business day prior to March 1. Grants of equity awards to new employees or to reflect promotions or other special events may be made at other times in the year. These off-cycle grants are issued using an exercise price that reflects the closing price of the stock on the grant effective date. Under the Company’s insider trading policy, named executive officers, other employees with access to material non-public information about the Company and directors are prohibited from engaging in transactions in the Company’s securities during blackout periods (other than in accordance with a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan).

Stock Ownership Guidelines; Hedging Prohibition

 

The Compensation Committee adopted stock ownership guidelines in December 2006 for the purpose of aligning the interests of named executive officers and key employees with the interests of stockholders. The ownership guidelines cover approximately 100 key managers and executives, including the named executive officers. The guidelines call for ownership of one to six times the individual’s base salary in Company stock. Under the guidelines, Mr. Banga is expected to hold at least six times his base salary in Company stock, and the other named executive officers are expected to hold at least four times their base salary in Company stock. For purposes of these guidelines, shares of the Company’s Class A common stock held directly or indirectly by the named executive officer are included; however, RSUs, PSUs and unexercised stock options held by the named executive officer are excluded. Individuals who are newly hired or promoted are given five years to attain these ownership levels. The guidelines are waived once an executive reaches the age of 62. In general, the Compensation Committee does not consider any previous awards when determining the compensation of the named executive officers. Compliance with the ownership guidelines is reviewed annually. If an executive officer does not meet the stock ownership guidelines described above, the Compensation Committee may direct a larger percentage of the executive officer’s future compensation into equity-based compensation.

The Company’s Code of Conduct includes various prohibitions against inappropriate trading activities in relation to MasterCard securities. Employees are not permitted to hedge their economic exposure to the Company’s stock that they own, meaning that employees may not engage in trading in or writing options; buying puts, calls or other derivative securities; short selling or similar types of transactions in the Company’s securities.

Tax Implications—Deductibility of Executive Compensation

 

As part of its role, the Compensation Committee reviews and considers the limitations of the deductibility of executive compensation under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, which requires that public companies meet specific criteria in order to deduct, for federal income tax purposes, compensation over $1,000,000 paid to the Chief Executive Officer and to each of the three highest compensated executive officers excluding the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. Compensation paid under the SEAICP, stock options and PSUs awarded as part of our long-term incentive compensation are generally intended to qualify as performance-based and therefore to be fully deductible for federal income tax purposes. The Compensation Committee continues to grant RSUs, which are subject to the deduction limitations under Section 162(m), on a limited basis. The Compensation Committee believes that its primary responsibility is to provide a compensation program that attracts, retains and rewards the executive talent needed for the Company’s success. Consequently, as it did in 2012, in any year the Compensation Committee may authorize compensation in excess of $1,000,000 that is not performance-based under Section 162(m). The Compensation Committee recognizes that the loss of a tax deduction may be unavoidable in these circumstances.

Settlement in 2012 of Previously Granted PSU Awards

 

In 2012, the Company settled PSU awards granted to named executive officers in 2009. Performance goals for the 2009-2011 performance period for the Company’s named executive officers were established by the Compensation Committee in February 2009. The metric that was selected at that time for the funding formula was the average return on equity over the

 

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3-year performance period. The goals at minimum, target and maximum for the 2009-2011 performance period were as follows:

 

Measurement   Weighting (%)   Minimum   Target   Maximum   Result

3-year Average ROE

  100   10%   15%   20%   45%

Based on the Company’s performance as set forth in the chart above, the pre-established maximum average return on equity targets for the 2009-2011 performance period were exceeded so the PSU awards granted in 2009 could have been funded and allocated at the maximum level of 200% of target. However, based on their assessment of performance against various quantitative and qualitative targets included in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 corporate scorecards, the Compensation Committee exercised its discretion and approved payout of the 2009 PSU awards at 143.3% of target.

2013 Compensation Decisions

 

On February 25, 2013, using the methodology discussed under “Executive Compensation Program Elements”, the Compensation Committee approved maintaining the current base salaries for each of our named executive officers in 2013. Additionally, the Compensation Committee approved performance targets for the year ending December 31, 2013 that will be used to determine funding for cash bonus awards that may be paid to named executive officers under the SEAICP. The funding for cash bonus awards for 2013 under the SEAICP will be based on the Company’s actual achievement against predetermined net income and net revenue targets. Within that funding, the amount of the payout for each of the SEAICP participants will then be based upon achievement of pre-determined quantitative and qualitative corporate performance goals included on the corporate scorecard. The goals of the corporate scorecard are discussed above under “Executive Compensation Program Elements - Annual Incentive.” The Compensation Committee believes that it established meaningful incentives for management with quantitative and qualitative performance goals set forth in the corporate scorecard, where target performance (which the Compensation Committee believed to be reasonably attainable) was established based upon internal budgets, the outlook for the economy, past Company performance and corporate objectives in geographic markets and product offerings. Additionally, as part of its qualitative analysis, the Compensation Committee considers relative performance against competitors in assessing corporate performance for the year. The Compensation Committee set the 2013 annual incentive award opportunities (as a percentage of base salary) under the SEAICP for each of our named executive officers at the same level as 2012. The threshold, target and maximum amounts for each named executive officer are as follows:

 

Name   Threshold   Target   Maximum

Ajay Banga

  75%   150%   375%

Martina Hund-Mejean

  50%   100%   250%

Chris A. McWilton

  57.5%   115%   287.5%

Gary J. Flood

  57.5%   115%   287.5%

Ann Cairns

  57.5%   115%   287.5%

Additionally, on March 1, 2013, the Compensation Committee granted the following aggregate dollar amounts of stock options and PSUs under our LTIP to each of our named executive officers:

 

Name   Stock Options   Performance Stock Units   Total

Ajay Banga

  $4,250,000   $4,250,000   $8,500,000

Martina Hund-Mejean

  $1,250,000   $1,250,000   $2,500,000

Chris A. McWilton

  $1,100,000   $1,100,000   $2,200,000

Gary J. Flood

  $1,150,000   $1,150,000   $2,300,000

Ann Cairns

  $1,075,000   $1,075,000   $2,150,000

 

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The stock option awards have an exercise price of $518.30 per share, which was the closing price of the Company’s Class A common stock on the NYSE on March 1, 2013, and vest in four equal annual installments beginning on March 1, 2014. The stock option awards have a term of 10 years.

The number of PSUs awarded was converted from the dollar amount shown above using their grant date fair value which was based on a per share price of $518.30 and standard valuation procedures, in accordance with GAAP. Named executive officers will not receive dividend equivalents with respect to the PSU awards prior to vesting. Vesting of the shares underlying the PSUs will occur, if at all, on February 29, 2016. The ultimate number of shares to be released on the vesting date will be based on meeting or exceeding average annual return on equity goals and achievement of net revenue, earnings per share, and relative total shareholder return targets determined by the Compensation Committee over the 3-year performance period.

Severance Agreements

 

The Company has entered into employment agreements with Mr. Banga, Ms. Hund-Mejean and Mr. McWilton, which provide severance under specified circumstances, and has entered into an employment agreement with Ms. Cairns, which provides for notice upon termination. Mr. Flood and Ms. Cairns are each covered by the existing severance and change-in-control plans for key executives.

When making compensation decisions for the named executive officers, the Compensation Committee generally does not consider the potential payments that may be made in the future to the named executive officers in the event of termination of employment or a change in control. The employment agreements provide a general framework for compensation, and generally set minimum levels of compensation, job responsibilities and severance arrangements governing the obligations of the parties following a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company. The potential severance payments to named executive officers with employment agreements were approved as part of the employment agreement with the named executive officer (other than Ms. Cairns’ employment agreement, which does not provide for severance) after consideration by the Company of the need to attract key employees, preserve employee morale and encourage retention in the face of a potential disruptive impact of a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company. In addition, the Company believes that the severance payments provide an appropriate incentive for the executive to comply with the non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure restrictions following a termination of employment. Moreover, the benefits provided to the named executive officers in the event of a change in control of the Company are designed to allow the executives to assess takeover bids objectively, without regard to potential impact on them.

For a further discussion of these severance arrangements, refer to the section entitled “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control” that follows this Compensation Discussion and Analysis.

 

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the above Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management and, based on such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in this Proxy Statement.

 

  THE HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE  
  David R. Carlucci, Chairman  
  Silvio Barzi  
 

Marc Olivié

Rima Qureshi

 
 

José Octavio Reyes Lagunes

 

(April 2013)

 

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND

INSIDER PARTICIPATION

None of the members of the Compensation Committee has ever served as an officer or employee of the Company or had any disclosable related person transaction in which the Company was a participant during the last fiscal year. In addition, no executive officer of the Company serves on the compensation committee or board of directors of a company for which any of our directors serves as an executive officer.

 

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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table summarizes the total compensation paid or earned for 2012, 2011 and 2010 by each of the individuals who served as our principal executive officer, our principal financial officer and the three other most highly compensated executive officers during the year ended December 31, 2012 (collectively, the “named executive officers”).

 

Name and

Principal

Position

         (a)         

 

Year

     (b)     

 

Salary

($)

         (c)         

 

Bonus

($)

       (d)(1)        

 

Stock

Awards

($)

     (e)(2)     

 

Option

Awards

($)

    (f)(3)    

 

Non-Equity
Incentive Plan  
Compensation  
($)

        (g)(4)        

 

Change in Pension  
Value and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings

($)

         (h)         

 

All Other
Compensation  

($)

(i)

 

Total

($)

    (j)   

Ajay Banga

    President and Chief

        Executive Officer

      2012         983,333                 3,750,236         3,749,847         2,450,000                 348,041 (5)       11,281,457  
      2011         900,000         69,300         2,475,227         2,474,834         2,160,000                 265,590         8,344,951  
      2010         850,000         2,123,906         4,632,491         2,200,131         1,900,000                 149,286         11,855,814  

Martina Hund-Mejean

    Chief Financial

        Officer

                                   
      2012         591,667                 900,141         900,201         724,500                 74,986 (5)       3,191,495  
   

 

 

 

2011

 

 

      550,000         42,350         2,625,448         624,850         895,125                 80,795         4,818,568  
   

 

 

 

2010

 

 

      541,667         40,625         550,197         550,118         770,000                 70,304         2,522,911  

Chris A. McWilton

    President, North

    America

                                   
      2012         591,667                 850,109         849,728         853,475         711,232 (6)       125,835 (5)       3,982,046  
   

 

 

 

2011

 

 

      550,000         42,350         625,176         624,850         1,151,435         342,815         104,454         3,441,080  
   

 

 

 

2010

 

 

      550,000         41,250         550,197         550,118         825,000         434,988         105,479         3,057,032  

Gary J. Flood

    President, Global

        Products and

        Solutions

                                   
      2012         591,667                 900,141         900,201         809,370         29,927 (6)       121,169 (5)       3,352,475  
   

 

 

 

2011

 

 

      541,667         41,708         675,171         675,052         1,031,387         40,217         146,567         3,151,769  
   

 

 

 

2010

 

 

      500,000         37,500         550,197         550,118         800,000         50,886         170,877         2,659,578  

Ann Cairns

                                   

    President,

        International

        Markets

      2012         584,106                 750,047         749,969         893,067         125,274(6)         2,404 (5)       3,104,867  
   

 

 

 

 

2011

 

 

 

 

     

 

196,596

 

 

 

     

 

1,176,244

 

 

 

     

 

1,250,259

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

408,268

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

254

 

 

 

     

 

3,031,621

 

 

 

(1) For Mr. Banga in 2011, and for Ms. Hund-Mejean and Messrs. McWilton and Flood in 2010 and 2011, amount represents profit sharing payment pursuant to the SPP. For Ms. Cairns in 2011, amount represents a signing bonus paid to her in October 2011. For Mr. Banga in 2010, amount represents (a) a pro-rated profit sharing payment pursuant to the SPP and (b) the portion of Mr. Banga’s signing bonus of $2,100,000 paid to him in 2010. Beginning in 2012, the named executive officers were no longer eligible to participate in the SPP.
(2) Represents the aggregate fair value as of the service inception date of stock-based awards made to each named executive officer. Except for Mr. Banga in 2010, Ms. Hund-Mejean in 2011 and Ms. Cairns in 2011, each amount represents aggregate grant date fair value reported for stock-based awards made with performance conditions. For Ms. Hund-Mejean in 2011 and Mr. Banga in 2010, amount represents aggregate grant date fair value reported for both stock-based awards made with performance conditions and a grant of restricted stock units which were not subject to performance conditions. For Ms. Cairns in 2011, amount represents aggregate grant date fair value for a grant of restricted stock units, which were not subject to performance conditions. Aggregate grant date fair value reported for stock-based awards made with performance conditions are based on target performance, which was the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. Assuming maximum performance level were to be achieved with respect to awards with performance conditions, the aggregate grant date fair value of the stock-based awards made with performance conditions granted to each of the named executive officers as of the grant date for 2012 awards are as follows: Mr. Banga – $7,500,471; Ms. Hund-Mejean – $1,800,281; Mr. McWilton – $1,700,219; Mr. Flood – $1,800,281; Ms. Cairns – $1,500,094. Further details with respect to these awards are included in Note 15 (Share Based Payments and Other Benefits) to the Company’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 included in the Form 10-K.
(3) Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of stock option awards computed in accordance with GAAP made to each named executive officer. Further details with respect to these awards are included in Note 15 (Share Based Payments and Other Benefits) to the Company’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 included in the Form 10-K.
(4) Amount represents performance-based incentive compensation paid in March of the next fiscal year but earned by the named executive officers in the year indicated pursuant to the SEAICP.
(5) See the All Other Compensation in 2012 table following the Summary Compensation Table for information with respect to this amount.
(6) For Messrs. McWilton and Flood, amounts reflect the actuarial increase in the present value of the named executive officer’s benefits under the SERP and the MAP determined using interest rate and mortality rate assumptions consistent with those used in the Company’s financial statements and include amounts which the named executive officer may not currently be entitled to receive because such amounts are not vested. Amounts in 2012 reflect: (a) changes to SERP (Mr. McWilton – $697,000) and (b) increases to MAP balances (Mr. McWilton – $14,232; Mr. Flood – $29,927). For Ms. Cairns, amount in 2012 reflects a contribution made by the Company under the MasterCard UK Pension Plan.

 

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ALL OTHER COMPENSATION IN 2012

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the “All Other Compensation” column of the Summary Compensation Table for 2012 for the named executive officers.

 

Name

   (a)  

 

Perquisites & Other Personal   
Benefits

     (b)(1)    

 

Registrant Contributions to   
Defined Contribution Plans   

       (c)(2)      

 

Insurance Premiums   

    (d)(3)     

Ajay Banga

    $   255,371       $   90,447     $  2,223

Martina Hund-Mejean

    $     25,000       $   48,646     $  1,340

Chris A. McWilton

    $     25,000       $   99,495     $  1,340

Gary J. Flood

    $     25,000       $   94,693     $  1,476

Ann Cairns

    $ —         $ —       $  2,404

 

(1) Amounts represent (a) payment in lieu of perquisites (Mr. Banga—$45,000; Ms. Hund-Mejean and Messrs. McWilton and Flood—$25,000 each), (b) aggregate incremental cost to the Company for personal use of a leased corporate aircraft by Mr. Banga of $141,847, which is based on the variable costs to the Company for operating the aircraft and includes fuel costs, hourly flight charges, associated taxes and flat fees (generally, costs associated with the personal use of a leased corporate aircraft are not deductible for income tax purposes; Mr. Banga reimburses the Company for his personal travel on the corporate aircraft at the Standard Industry Fare Level, or SIFL, rate); and (c) aggregate incremental cost to the Company of $68,524 with respect to personal use of a Company-leased car by Mr. Banga, which is based on the allocation between personal and business use (based on mileage), for the cost of lease payments made in 2012, driver compensation, insurance premiums and fuel expense.

 

(2) Amounts represent (a) matching contributions under the 401(k) matching component of the Savings Plan (Mr. Banga—$18,750; Ms. Hund-Mejean—$18,750; Messrs. McWilton and Flood—$15,000 each); and (b) Company contributions to the Restoration Program (Mr. Banga—$71,697; Ms. Hund-Mejean—$29,896; Mr. McWilton—$84,495; Mr. Flood—$79,693).

 

(3) Amounts represent 2012 premiums paid by the Company for executive life insurance coverage.

 

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    GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS IN 2012

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to awards granted during the year ended December 31, 2012 to each of our named executive officers.

 

Name

    (a)    

 

Grant Date

     (b)     

 

Date of
Action

     (1)(2)    

 

Estimated Possible Payouts Under

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards

                      (2)                      

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under

Equity Incentive Plan Awards

                    (3)                    

 

All Other
Stock
Awards:
 Number of 
Shares of
Stock or
Units (#)

    (i)    

 

All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)

      (j)(4)      

 

Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards

($ / Sh)

    (k)    

 

Grant Date

Fair Value of
Stock and
Option

Awards

    (l)(5)    

     

Threshold
($)

      (c)      

 

Target

($)

      (d)      

 

Maximum

($)

      (e)      

 

Threshold
(#)

      (f)      

 

Target
(#)

    (g)    

 

Maximum
(#)

    (h)    

       

Ajay Banga

      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                                                         25,260       $ 420.43       $ 3,749,847  
      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                       4,460         8,920         17,840                               $ 3,750,236  
                2/6/2012       $ 750,000       $ 1,500,000       $ 3,750,000                                                                  

Martina Hund-Mejean

      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                   6,064       $ 420.43       $ 900,201  
      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                       1,071         2,141         4,282                               $ 900,141  
                2/6/2012       $ 300,000       $ 600,000       $ 1,500,000                                                                  

Chris A. McWilton

      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                                                         5,724       $ 420.43       $ 849,728  
      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                       1,011         2,022         4,044                               $ 850,109  
                2/6/2012       $ 345,000       $ 690,000       $ 1,725,000                                                                  

Gary J. Flood

      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                                                         6,064       $ 420.43       $ 900,201  
      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                       1,071         2,141         4,282                               $ 900,141  
                2/6/2012       $ 345,000       $ 690,000       $ 1,725,000                                                                  

Ann Cairns

      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                                                         5,052       $ 420.43       $ 749,969  
      3/1/2012         2/6/2012                                       892         1,784         3,568                               $ 750,047  
                2/6/2012       $ 345,000       $ 690,000       $ 1,725,000                                                                  
(1) On February 6, 2012, the Compensation Committee approved grants of stock options and PSUs under the LTIP to the specified named executive officer that were granted on March 1, 2012. The grants of stock options were approved by the Compensation Committee and made in accordance with the Company’s policy for grants of stock options. See “Stock Option Grant Practices” in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis that precedes these tables.

 

(2) On February 6, 2012, the Compensation Committee established threshold, target, and maximum payouts for all named executive officers under our SEAICP for 2012. Actual payout amounts under the SEAICP for 2012 are included in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column of the Summary Compensation Table. See “Executive Compensation Program Elements-Annual Incentive” in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis that precedes these tables.

 

(3) Represents an award of PSUs granted on March 1, 2012. The PSUs vest in full, if at all, on February 28, 2015. The actual number of shares of Class A common stock to be issued and actual payout value of unearned shares with respect to the PSU awards granted on March 1, 2012 has not been determined and will be determined based on the Company’s performance over the three-year period ending December 31, 2014.

 

(4) Represents a grant of stock options having a ten-year term and vesting in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 

(5) Represents, as applicable, the grant date fair value or the fair value as of the service inception date. Further details with respect to these awards are included in Note 15 (Share Based Payments and Other Benefits) to the Company’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 included in the Form 10-K. PSUs are reflected at target value.

 

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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT 2012 FISCAL YEAR-END

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to all outstanding option awards and stock awards held by each of our named executive officers at December 31, 2012.

 

        

                                         Option Awards                                        

 

 

                                     Stock Awards                                    

 

Name

   (a)  

 

Stock Option

Grant Date

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)

Exercisable

        (b)        

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)

Unexercisable

        (c)        

 

Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options (#)

      (d)      

 

Option
Exercise
Price ($)

      (e)      

 

Option
Expiration
Date

      (f)      

 

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (#)

     (g)     

 

Market

Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested ($)

     (h)(1)     

 

Equity
Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested (#)

     (i)(2)     

 

Equity Incentive

Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value of
Unearned
Shares, Units or
Other Rights
That Have Not
Vested

($)

      (j)(1)       

Ajay Banga

                                                                  25,073 (3)     $ 12,317,863         38,436       $ 18,882,838  
      9/21/2009 (4)       29,564                       $ 222.62         9/21/2019                                          
      3/1/2010 (5)       12,974         12,974               $ 232.74         3/1/2020                                          
      3/1/2011 (6)       6,951         20,853               $ 240.36         3/1/2021                                          
      3/1/2012 (7)               25,260               $ 420.43         3/1/2022                                          

Martina Hund-

Mejean

                              8,923 (8)     $ 4,383,691         9,484       $ 4,659,300  
      12/5/2007 (9)       2,500                       $ 200.07         12/5/2017                  
      3/1/2008 (10)       6,368                       $ 190.00         3/1/2018                  
      3/1/2009 (11)       5,427         1,809               $ 158.03         3/1/2019                  
      3/1/2010 (5)       3,244         3,244               $ 232.74         3/1/2020                  
      3/1/2011 (6)       1,755         5,265               $ 240.36         3/1/2021                  
      3/1/2012 (7)               6,064               $ 420.43         3/1/2022                  

Chris A.

McWilton

                                                                  3,269 (12)     $ 1,605,994         9,246       $ 4,542,375  
        3/1/2008 (10)       7,004                       $ 190.00         3/1/2018                                          
      3/1/2009 (11)               1,990               $ 158.03         3/1/2019                                          
      3/1/2010 (5)       3,244         3,244               $ 232.74         3/1/2020                                          
      3/1/2011 (6)       1,755         5,265               $ 240.36         3/1/2021                                          
      3/1/2012 (7)               5,724               $ 420.43         3/1/2022                                          

Gary J. Flood

                              3,269 (12)     $ 1,605,994         9,900       $ 4,863,672  
      3/1/2009 (11)               1,809               $ 158.03         3/1/2019                  
      3/1/2010 (5)               3,244               $ 232.74         3/1/2020                  
      3/1/2011 (6)               5,688               $ 240.36         3/1/2021                  
      3/1/2012 (7)               6,064               $ 420.43         3/1/2022                  

Ann Cairns

                                                                  2,651 (13)     $ 1,302,383         3,568       $ 1,752,887  
        3/1/2012 (7)               5,052               $ 420.43         3/1/2022                                          
(1) Value is based on the December 31, 2012 per share closing market price of $491.28 of our Class A common stock on the NYSE.

 

(2) Represents (a) for each named executive officer other than Ms. Cairns, a number of PSUs granted on March 1, 2011, which vest, if at all, on February 28, 2014 and (b) a number of PSUs granted on March 1, 2012, which vest, if at all, on February 28, 2015, and which, in each case, corresponds to the number of shares that would be issued at maximum performance level of 200% because actual performance through December 31, 2012 was either at maximum level or was between target and maximum level. The actual number of shares of Class A common stock to be issued and actual payout value of unearned shares with respect to the PSU awards granted on each of March 1, 2011 and March 1, 2012 has not been determined and will be determined based on the Company’s performance over the three-year performance periods ending December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

 

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(3) Represents (a) RSUs awarded to Mr. Banga on July 1, 2010, which vest in full on June 30, 2014 and (b) a number of PSUs granted on March 1, 2010, which vested on February 28, 2013 and correspond to the number of shares that were issued at a performance level of 138.3% based on the Company’s performance over the three-year performance period ending December 31, 2012.

 

(4) Represents stock options granted to Mr. Banga on September 21, 2009. The stock options vested in 33.33% increments on each of March 21, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

 

(5) Represents stock options granted during 2010. The stock options vest in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 

(6) Represents stock options granted during 2011. The stock options vest in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

(7) Represents stock options granted during 2012. The stock options vest in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. See the Grants of Plan-Based Awards in 2012 table for more information on stock options granted in 2012.

 

(8) Represents (a) RSUs awarded to Ms. Hund-Mejean on September 20, 2011, which vest in 33.33% increments on each of September 19, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and (b) a number of PSUs granted on March 1, 2010, which vested on February 28, 2013, and correspond to the number of shares that were issued at a performance level of 138.3% based on the Company’s performance over the three-year performance period ending December 31, 2012.

 

(9) Represents stock options granted to Ms. Hund-Mejean on December 5, 2007. The stock options vested in 25% increments on each of December 5, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

 

(10) Represents stock options granted during 2008. The stock options vested in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

(11) Represents stock options granted during 2009. The stock options vested in 25% increments on each of March 1, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

(12) Represents a number of PSUs granted on March 1, 2010, which vested on February 28, 2013, and correspond to the number of shares that were issued at a performance level of 138.3% based on the Company’s performance over the three-year performance period ending December 31, 2012.

 

(13) Represents RSUs awarded to Ms. Cairns on September 20, 2011, which vest in 25% increments on each of September 19, 2012 and 2013, and the remaining 50% vests on September 19, 2014.

 

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OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED IN 2012

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to stock awards that vested for, and stock options which were exercised by, each of our named executive officers during the year ended December 31, 2012.

 

                       Option Awards                        Stock Awards    

Name

   (a)        

  

Number of
Shares
Acquired on

Exercise (#)

          (b)          

  

Value

Realized on
Exercise ($) (1)

        (c)        

  

Number of

Shares

Acquired on

Vesting (#) 

(2)

        (d)        

  

Value Realized on

Vesting ($) (3)

        (e)        

Ajay Banga

              $          13,207        $ 6,066,305  

Martina Hund-Mejean

       7,500        $ 1,608,810          4,534        $ 1,918,653  

Chris A. McWilton

       1,990        $ 523,530          4,988        $ 2,110,772  

Gary J. Flood

       19,613        $ 4,713,546          4,534        $ 1,918,653  

Ann Cairns

              $          883        $ 400,418  
(1) The value realized on exercise is calculated as the number of shares acquired upon exercise, multiplied by the difference between the per share market value on the date of exercise (the average of the high and low market price per share of Class A common stock on the NYSE on that date), less the option exercise price paid for the shares of Class A common stock.

 

(2) For Mr. Banga and Ms. Cairns, represents the number of RSUs that vested during 2012. For the other specified named executive officers, represents the number of PSUs that vested during 2012.

 

(3) Value realized upon vesting based on the average of the high and low market price per share of Class A common stock on the NYSE on the respective vesting date.

 

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PENSION BENEFITS IN 2012

MAP

The Company maintains the MAP, a tax-qualified defined benefit pension plan, to provide retirement income to all U.S. employees, including the named executive officers, who were participants in the plan on or prior to June 30, 2007. MasterCard eliminated the MAP for all new hires after June 30, 2007 and froze the pay credit level (which is the credited percentage of a MAP participant’s eligible compensation) for all existing employees at that date. In addition to the pay credits, a participant’s account under the MAP receives investment credits based on the yield on 30-Year Treasury securities.

Under the MAP’s cash balance formula, a notional account is established for each participant, to which a percentage of the participant’s eligible compensation was credited. In September 2010, pay credit levels were reduced to either 8% or 4% for all participants effective January 1, 2011. Participants whose pay credit level from July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010 was either 14%, 12% or 10% received an 8% pay credit during 2011. Participants at the 8%, 5.75% or 4.5% pay credit level from July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010, received a 4% pay credit during 2011. All participants received a 4% pay credit during 2012. Effective January 1, 2013, pay credits to MAP ceased for all participants. MAP participants continue to earn interest credits.

In addition to the pay credit described above, the MAP in effect as of December 31, 2012 provided that participants whose base salary and annual cash bonus exceed the limit under Section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code, but do not exceed $400,000, receive a pay credit with respect to the amount above the Section 401(a)(17) limit, which is determined in the manner described above.

A participant’s vested notional account balance under the MAP generally may be paid at any time (subject to restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code) following termination of employment with the Company for any reason, regardless of the age of the participant. At the participant’s election, the account balance can be paid as a lump sum or in an annuity form that is approximately the actuarial equivalent of the notional account balance.

SERP

The SERP in effect during 2012 provided that:

 

   

In the event of a participant’s disability, retirement or termination of employment for any reason other than death, in each case, after attaining age 60 and four years of SERP participation, the SERP pays out a lump sum present value of the net SERP benefit actuarially increased from the date of attainment of age 60 and four years of SERP participation to termination of employment.

 

   

In the event a participant dies while employed and after attaining age 60 and at least four years of SERP participation, the SERP pays out a lump sum equal to the present value of an immediate net SERP benefit actuarially increased from the date of attainment of age 60 and four years of SERP participation to termination of employment.

The SERP benefit is generally payable six months after a termination of employment. The SERP was amended, effective January 1, 2008, to conform with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and to make certain other changes. Following a review of the SERP by the Compensation Committee during 2007, the Compensation Committee approved a recommendation in February 2008 to discontinue the SERP. The current participants at that time remain active in the plan and retain their right to receive their vested balance in accordance with the terms of the SERP.

MasterCard UK Pension Plan

The MasterCard UK Pension Plan is a defined contribution retirement scheme for U.K. employees, including Ms. Cairns. For 2012, the plan included employee and employer contributions. Employee contributions are not required and are not eligible for a company match. All participating employees, regardless of whether they contribute to the plan, receive a Company contribution equal to 16% of their pensionable salary (defined as 95% of base salary, less an offset equal to 1.5 times the basic state pension).

The following table shows the present value of accumulated benefits payable, as applicable, to each of our named executive officers, including the number of years of service credited to such named executive officer under the MAP, the SERP and/or the MasterCard UK Pension Plan (as applicable), determined using interest rate and mortality rate assumptions consistent with those used in our financial statements. For the SERP, the pension benefit discount rate used was 3.5%. Information

 

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regarding the MAP, the SERP and the MasterCard UK Pension Plan can be found in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis under the heading “Other Benefits” and in the summary of MAP and SERP benefits in the section entitled “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control.”

 

Name

   (a)        

  

Plan Name

        (b)        

  

Number of Years
Credited Service (#)

        (c)        

  

Present Value of
Accumulated Benefits
($)(1)

        (d)        

  

Payments During Last
Fiscal Year ($)

        (e)        

Ajay Banga

   N/A    N/A        N/A          N/A  

Martina Hund-Mejean

   N/A    N/A        N/A          N/A  

Chris A. McWilton

   MAP    10      $ 133,719        $           —  
   SERP    8      $  2,063,000        $           —  

Gary J. Flood

   MAP    26      $ 612,699        $           —  

Ann Cairns

   UK Pension Plan    N/A      $ 128,307        $           —  
(1) Includes amounts which the named executive officer may not currently be entitled to receive because such amounts are not vested. The SERP amount for the specified named executive officer vests after four years of service with the Company and upon attainment of the age of 60.

 

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POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR

CHANGE-IN-CONTROL

Employment Agreements

 

MasterCard International is party to an employment agreement with each of the named executive officers, other than Mr. Flood. The employment agreements for Mr. Banga, Ms. Hund-Mejean, Mr. McWilton and Ms. Cairns, as well as the employment arrangement with Mr. Flood, were previously publicly filed by the Company with the SEC.

Mr. Banga

MasterCard International entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Banga on June 16, 2009 (as well as an offer letter on June 15, 2009), pursuant to which he served as the Company and MasterCard International’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Pursuant to an offer letter which the Company entered into with Mr. Banga on April 12, 2010, Mr. Banga was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and MasterCard International, effective July 1, 2010. The offer letter sets forth a summary of modifications to Mr. Banga’s then-existing employment agreement, which modifications were also effective as of July 1, 2010. On July 1, 2010, MasterCard International and Mr. Banga entered into an amended and restated employment agreement which is consistent with the terms of the April 12, 2010 offer letter and consolidates the remaining relevant terms of Mr. Banga’s initial employment agreement and offer letter.

Term

Under Mr. Banga’s agreement, he initially was to be employed for a fixed term through December 31, 2011. The agreement provides for automatic one-year renewals, unless either party gives at least 90-days prior written notice not to renew.

Compensation

During the term of employment, Mr. Banga will: