Christian Blechinger is a global strategic planning, marketing, and operations executive with over 15 years of experience in the US, Europe, China, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil with a demonstrated track record of developing and executing growth and restructuring initiatives. He held the position of SVP - Global Prepaid Product Management & Business Strategy at MasterCard Worldwide. Previously, Christian was the VP of Global Strategy and Portfolio at Covidien Surgical Devices. In this role, he was responsible for driving global strategic planning and organic growth initiatives across the business in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Covidien, Christian was CMO/Managing Director for GE Capital's Real Estate America's Equity business. Christian's primary responsibility was to lead and direct all strategic marketing efforts across NAE's 6 P&Ls across the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Prior to that, Christian was VP of Strategic Marketing with GE Capital's Corporate Marketing team. Christian joined GE Capital from Booz Allen Hamilton where he focused on Growth Strategies and Turnarounds in the Financial Services as well as Communications, Media, and Entertainment space. Christian also worked for American Management Systems in Washington, DC and Switzerland, where he was a Principal, selling and product managing the software company's Customer Relationship Management offering. Christian holds an MBA in Management and Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.