Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced the appointment of Ramón Martín to the newly created position of Global Head of Merchant Sales and Solutions. In his role, Mr. Martín will be responsible for leading Visa’s global merchant strategy and integrating key functions to deliver customized products and services designed to help merchants achieve their business goals and advance Visa’s strong merchant and acquiring partnerships worldwide. Mr. Martín will report directly to Ryan McInerney, President, Visa Inc. “Since Visa’s inception, the company’s success has been dependent on the strength of our client relationships,” said Charlie Scharf, CEO of Visa Inc. “Visa’s future will be defined by our ability to enhance our relationships with merchants with emphasis on delivering products and service that offer greater, tangible value to this critical client partner. Ramón’s 30 plus years of experience makes him ideally suited to transform Visa’s merchant offerings and further position Visa as a strategic partner among our merchant clients.” Mr. Martín joins Visa from American Express Company, where he spent 16 years in various positions, including his most recent role as President of Merchant Services, Americas. Prior to Amex, Mr. Martín was a Commercial Director at DHL International in Spain and consultant at Alexander Proudfoot in both Spain and the United Kingdom. Mr. Martín completed an Industrial Engineering Degree at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an MBA at Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Martín also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation. “Visa has an ambitious agenda for engaging merchants in new and innovative ways. I am impressed by the energy and talent of the team and the global focus of the work. I am eager to contribute to the development of merchant solutions and continuing to expand Visa’s payment leadership,” said Mr. Martín.