ICA acquires the Master Charge name and interlocking circles trademark, opens a New York City office and hires full-time employees
A group of banks creates the Interbank Card Association (ICA)
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Mastercard acquires the Cirrus ATM network, becomes the first payment card issued in the People’s Republic of China and introduces the hologram security device – an industry first
The company is renamed “Mastercard” to reflect its commitment to evolving payment methods such as debit cards
Award-winning “Priceless” advertising campaign is launched
Mastercard, in partnership with Europay International, launches Maestro, the world’s first global online debit program
Mastercard opens its global headquarters in Purchase, New York
Mastercard merges with Europay International to create Mastercard International and converts to a private-share corporation
Mastercard Advisors launches, the largest global consultancy focused on the payments industry
Mastercard Europe and Europay France integrate operations. Mastercard acquires Orbiscom.
Mastercard transitions to a new corporate governance and ownership structure and begins trading on the NYSE as MA. Mastercard Worldwide name and logo are introduced.
Mastercard IPO raises $2.4 billion, shares soar more than 15% from $39 debut
Mastercard acquires Trevica, a Poland-based provider of third-party issuer processing services. Another acquisition, Truaxis, strengthens Mastercard’s position in the loyalty space.
Mastercard acquires the prepaid card program management business of Travelex and renames it Access Prepaid Worldwide.
Mastercard Labs is established, which serves as an incubator for new ideas
Mastercard introduces Masterpass
Mastercard acquires Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), a leading, cloud-based analytics provider
A series of strategic acquisitions is completed: ElectraCard Services, C-SAM, Pinpoint, the Payment Gateway Services business of Transaction Network Services, and 5one Marketing
Mastercard unveils a new brand mark and design system
Mastercard announces acquisition of NuData Security and completes acquisition of Vocalink. Mastercard enhances its artificial intelligence capabilities with the acquisition of Brighterion, Inc.
Mastercard acquires Oltio to accelerate digital payments adoption in the Middle East and Africa. IBM and Mastercard form an independent trust - Truata - to provide a secure approach to data anonymization and analytics.