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Merit Janow

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Merit Janow

Chair of the Board of Directors, Mastercard
Merit Janow

Dean Emerita & Professor of Practice, School of Int'l & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, Non-executive Chairman, Mastercard - Merit E. Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade & investment. She has extensive experience in business, academia & government, with a life long involvement with the Asia-Pacific region. Janow was Dean of the Faculty of SIPA 2013-2021, and remains on the SIPA & Law faculty. She has written three books and numerous articles. Janow has had three periods of government service: from 2003-2008, she was elected as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. From 1997-2000, Janow served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust. From 1989 to 1993, Janow served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Japan & China in the Executive Office of the President, responsible for implementing U.S. trade policies and leading sectoral trade negotiations with Japan and China. Janow has extensive corporate and nonprofit board experience. She serves as non-executive Chairman of Mastercard and a Director on the American Funds/Capital group and Aptiv Corp. She was previously Chair of the Nasdaq Stock Market. Janow also serves on the Board of Japan Society (chair), among several others. Early in her career, Janow was a corporate M&A lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in NY. She speaks Japanese and has a JD from Columbia Law School & a BA in Asian Studies from University of Michigan.