Noah J. Hanft
President & CEO
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Mr. Hanft is the President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). A long-time supporter of dispute resolution, Mr. Hanft has devoted his career to finding the most effective and efficient solutions for resolving business disputes.
Prior to joining CPR, Mr. Hanft was General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard, where he was responsible for overseeing legal and regulatory affairs, public policy and compliance. Mr. Hanft also had responsibility for Franchise Development and Integrity, Global Diversity, Corporate Security and Information Security. In addition, he was a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committee. After joining MasterCard in 1984, Mr. Hanft held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including that of Senior Vice President, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, ultimately becoming General Counsel in 2001. He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of AT&T Universal Card Services.
Mr. Hanft began his career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City and served for many years on its Board of Directors. He has lectured at length on the value of dispute resolution in resolving litigation. Mr. Hanft serves on the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, the FINRA Arbitration Panel, and the Mediation Panels for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, and the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division.
Mr. Hanft currently serves on the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, he was named General Counsel of the Year at the Association of Corporate Counsel Global Counsel Awards.
Mr. Hanft has an LL.M from New York University School of Law in Trade Regulation, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.A. from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.