Albrecht Kiel

Regional Managing Director Central Europe, Visa

As Regional Managing Director for Central Europe, Albrecht is responsible for the Visa business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Albrecht has many years of experience in leading positions in the finance and insurance sector. He focuses on strengthening and extending key client relationships and managing important stakeholders in the financial, public and political space. As a passionate innovator he fosters and supports the digital transformation of the business. He also assures delivery of financial targets and results.

Before joining Visa in 2015, Albrecht worked in the consulting industry focused on digitization, sales and marketing in Germany and Europe. Previously, he was CEO of Allianz Direct, CEO of Direct Line Versicherung AG and Marketing Director at AXA Konzern AG.

Albrecht studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and holds a BA and MBA degree of the Wayne State University Detroit, USA.

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Author's Latest Articles

July 18, 2016

Digitalisation drives the future of payments

Our Visa Futures event in Cannes experienced a high level of interest in digital topics, especially digital payments. In the past months and weeks, we already saw some significant initiatives in terms of digital payments in the Central Europe region. In Switzerland the Swatch Bellamy, a watch which allows contactless payments, launched as well as Apple Pay. We suspect that this is still just the beginning.

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February 08, 2016

Central Europe payments behavior is changing

Paying by card is becoming a habit in Germany, and elsewhere. This is a real breakthrough for Visa. It is driven by improving acceptance, convenience of payments and consumer uptake. Central Europe payments culture is changing.

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