Visa has appointed Elizabeth Buse as group executive, international, effective April 1. The appointment follows the decision by Rupert Keeley, group president of Asia Pacific and CEMEA, to leave the company.

In this new role, she will oversee Visa’s global sales and client service functions across Asia-Pacific and Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA).

Ms Buse, who previously served as Visa’s global head of product, will be based in Singapore and report to John Partridge, president of Visa.

Joseph Saunders, chairman and CEO of Visa, said: “Under Ms Buse’s leadership, Visa has globalized our e-commerce, money transfer and mobile efforts and delivered customer-centric and value-add information products and services that continue to drive the shift to electronic payments and accelerate our growth around the world.

“Ms Buse also has been a driving force behind our core debit, prepaid, commercial and credit card businesses and other critical product innovations. Visa will benefit immensely from her drive, her strong knowledge of the business and the respect she commands from clients, colleagues and Wall Street alike. I am confident Mr Buse will continue to build on our success there and will ensure that Visa continues to capitalize on the wealth of potential opportunities that exist across Asia Pacific and in our CEMEA geographies.”