Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, M&A and Government Relations Visa, Inc.
Bill Sheedy leads Visa's corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions efforts, global policy and government relations. In this role, he is responsible for charting the company's strategic direction and driving growth; expanding the company's relationships with governments and regulators globally; and leading critical initiatives and transactions with clients and partners around the world, with a particular focus on Europe.
Sheedy reports to the CEO and is a member of the Visa Inc. Executive Committee. More recently, Sheedy was Group President, Americas, and oversaw Visa's business in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, across nearly 50 countries. In this role, Sheedy was responsible for issuer, merchant, acquirer and third-party processor relationships and led efforts to expand card issuance, merchant acceptance and usage of Visa-branded products and services across the Americas. He also had responsibility for Visa's core credit, debit, prepaid, commercial / small business, co-brand, CyberSource, and merchant acceptance businesses.
Previously, Sheedy served as President of the company's North America region. Sheedy also played a leadership role in managing Visa's corporate restructuring that merged multiple regional Visa entities into a single global company, culminating in Visa's successful initial public offering in 2008. Earlier in his career, Sheedy managed Visa's U.S. pricing and economics strategies. He joined the company in 1993 as an executive in Visa's strategy and pricing division. Sheedy holds a B.S. from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.