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Noah J. Hanft Appointed New President & CEO of the International Institute For Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)



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New York City, New York, February 5, 2014 – CPR is pleased to announce the appointment of Noah J. Hanft as its new President and CEO, effective May 1, 2014.  Mr. Hanft succeeds Kathleen A. Bryan, who announced her plans to retire last year.  Ms. Bryan will continue to lead CPR through the transition.

Mr. Hanft, who earlier today announced his retirement from MasterCard effective April 1, is currently General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard where he is responsible for overseeing legal and regulatory affairs, public policy and compliance. Mr. Hanft also has responsibility for Franchise Development and Integrity, Global Diversity, Corporate Security and Information Security. He is a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committee. Since joining MasterCard in 1984, Mr. Hanft has 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.  He has extensive alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience and has lectured at length on the value of ADR in resolving litigation.  Mr. Hanft currently serves as an independent arbitrator and is on the Mediation Panel for the Southern District of New York.   

“We are delighted that Mr. Hanft has decided to join CPR. He brings a wealth of global experience in complex organizations where he has a proven track record of strategically resolving complex antitrust, commercial, employment and other legal matters through ADR and litigation,” stated the Honorable William H. Webster, Chairman, CPR’s Board of Directors.  

“The global implications of increasingly burdensome litigation are undeniable,” said Noah Hanft.  I passionately believe in the mission of CPR to drive alternatives to costly litigation and am honored to have been chosen to lead CPR, the preeminent organization in the field.”

John S. Kiernan, a Partner at Debovoise & Plimpton, Vice Chairman of CPR’s Board of Directors, and Chair of the Board’s Search Committee said, “Under Kathy’s stellar leadership and strategic vision, CPR has grown its impact and reputation in the U.S. and internationally. We believe that Mr. Hanft will build upon CPR’s 35 year legacy and help take CPR to the next level.”

In 2012, Mr. Hanft was named General Counsel of the Year at the Global Counsel Awards. Mr. Hanft has a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law in trade regulations, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a bachelor’s degree from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

About CPR
CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government liaisons, retired judges, highly experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information, please visit

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