|Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:57
|TfL man to lead MasterCard Europe transit strategy
Focus on driving mobile and contactless
MasterCard has appointed Will Judge as VP focusing on travel and transit.
He will focus on building strong partnerships with European transit providers and identifying major opportunities to work together or the benefit of operating companies and travellers.
Judge was previously head of future ticketing at Transport for London (TfL), the London transport authority, where he was responsible for setting the future evolution path for the Oyster contactless smartcard system.
Based in London and reporting to Norbert Gebhard (general manager, strategic alliances), Judge will be a member of the strategic alliances team whose remit is to work with non-traditional partners to improve and extend the payment experience.
Gebhard commented on the appointment: “We’re already working with major travel and transit partners across Europe, with the aim of enabling travellers to benefit from simple payments using smart technology to make their journeys better integrated, quicker and easier. Will’s in-depth knowledge and proven track record in the industry will consolidate our position as the partner of choice for transit operators.”
Judge spent nine years at TfL in commercial, innovation and finance roles focused on maximising the value of TfL’s various public-private partnership infrastructure contracts. Most recently, he was tasked with retaining the passenger and operational benefits of contactless technology while moving away from the vertically-integrated business model used for Oyster to more cost-effective models based on partnerships with the payments industry. Prior to joining TfL, he worked as a management consultant in the London office of McKinsey.