Shannon Grehan

Shannon Grehan | Mastercard

I am a passionate, fearless and ambitious lady with a lot of energy. I thrive on interaction with others which was inherent growing up with a large family and making a fantastic friends throughout school. I swam competitively for my local borough which developed my ambitious streak.

I have an undergraduate Law LLB degree from Sussex University (2:1) and during my holiday periods I worked at GlobeOp as a Legal assistant. Upon graduation I joined Fried Frank law firm in their Asset Management Department and after 2 years I left to go travelling around the world for 6months backpacking. Upon return, I joined Raphael's Bank in Card Services as a Paralegal where I was introduced into the Payments Industry.

I am a quick learner and soon became known for my ability to quickly grasp complex cross functional issues and connect with people at all levels - listening to the needs of new clients and building genuine trust. I decided to change my career path to a more commercial/ client facing role with suited my personality and joined FIS, Global Processor as an Account Manager. After 18months, I was lucky enough to join Mastercard where I have been for 3 years now in their UK&I Issuing division responsible for leading and setting sales strategies for high profile customer accounts that are aligned with market strategy and achieving sales goals to drive market share, volume and revenue growth.

I joined as an Account Manager supporting RBS and in less than 18months was promoted to Account Director responsible for managing six Challenger Banks in the UK, including our Digital Banking customers Monzo, Tandem, Starling and Atom. I was also Social Secretary of the Young Professionals Committee and actively participate at our charity events, Girls4Tech and the Foodbank at Tower Hamlets. Last year, I then stepped up and took over Tesco Bank which is UK’s biggest Retail Co-Brand Bank partner and have been working closely to deliver new technology in retail payments.

I am currently a committee member of the Mastercard’s European Women’s Leadership Network looking after the WISE Campaign who work with large Companies to promote women in STEM roles. I also volunteer regularly at my local MIND charity as a shop-floor assistant to help the community; creating awareness for mental health issues, especially for young people, is extremely close to my heart.

I am a natural networker and hope to be a future leader at Mastercard where I can be instrumental in shaping a collaborative working culture to drive new initiatives in the Payment Industry.