Women's Forum Global Meeting 2023


Beatrice Cornacchia


Executive Vice President Marketing and Communications, Europe


Beatrice Cornacchia is the creative force leading the company’s brand strategy across multiple markets. After starting her journey with the company in 1991, Cornacchia went on to head strategic sales functions and numerous marketing teams in a succession of key roles including Head of Consumer Marketing, Europe; Head of Issuer and Merchant Marketing, Europe; and Head of Marketing, Italy and Greece. Most recently, Cornacchia held the position of Senior Vice President, marketing and Communications, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA). As a reflection of her impact in the role, in 2022, she was listed among Arabian Business’ ‘50 Inspiring Female Business Leaders’ in the region and Campaign Middle East’s ‘Marketing Game Changers’. Additionally, in 2021 she was included in the top ‘Women of Influence in the Arab World’ by Arabian Business. Through strategic brand engagement and captivating story creation, Cornacchia balances Mastercard’s growing positioning as a tech company with an aspirational approach that taps into its heritage of creating ‘Priceless Possibilities’. Her exceptional brand-building work over the past few years has included launching the company’s innovative symbolic and sonic identity across the EEMEA region, and during the pandemic resulted in enhancing Mastercard’s positioning as a trusted voice for safe, secure, and seamless transactions. Cornacchia’s efforts included the rollout of an evolved ecommerce thrust, and diligently leveraging data and tech expertise to inform stakeholders on contactless adoption as part of a winning campaigns at the Middle East PR Association (MEPRA), Dubai Lynx and Holmes Report SABRE Awards amongst others. One of the most publicized award-winning initiatives – the Astronomical Sales campaign that tied 97% discounts to a rare solar eclipse – contributed to a sustained, dynamic progression of differentiating Mastercard’s marketing and communications. Cornacchia is systematically leveraging the underlying concept of Priceless – the deep emotional connection that fills people’s life with meaning and purpose – to empower Mastercard’s consumers in the region to pursue their passions with priceless possibilities. Cornacchia’ s secret sauce for marketing combines great content with the science of data analytics, precision targeting and an innate understanding of human emotions. A passionate advocate for youth education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, Cornacchia sits on the board of INJAZ-Al Arab, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide.

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