Global Head of Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development and M&A
Carleigh Jaques is Global Head of Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development and M&A for Visa Inc. In this role, she oversees Visa’s global strategy, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions. The Global Strategy team sets Visa’s corporate and strategy agendas for the company as well as leading the multi-year planning process. The Corporate Development and M&A group leads Visa’s engagement in a range of transactions from strategic investments through joint ventures and acquisitions.
Since founding the Corporate Development and M&A group in 2008, Jaques has played a critical role in identifying, assessing, negotiating and leading Visa’s $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource in the ecommerce segment and its acquisitions of PlaySpan in the digital commerce space and Fundamo in the mobile payments sector. Jaques has also been instrumental in leading a number of strategic initiatives over the past few years. Most recently, she had responsibility for our enterprise planning efforts, partnering closely with Finance to develop an upgraded multi-year plan and evolve the Visa Inc. corporate strategy.
Prior to joining Visa, Jaques spent 17 years in investment banking, the last 12 of which were at Deutsche Bank in the firm’s technology mergers and acquisitions practice where she was a Managing Director. She has significant technology domain expertise in mobile communications, security and enterprise software.
Jaques received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Michigan. She is an active speaker at industry and educational forums including the Thomson Reuters Western M&A conference and the Stanford Law School.