PURCHASE, N.Y. — MasterCard International said Wednesday that Noah J. Hanft, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, will be promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary on Jan. 1, succeeding Robert Norton, who is to retire at yearend.

Mr. Hanft, 47, joined MasterCard in 1993 and has led various litigations, including the association’s defense against a Justice Department antitrust suit whose trial is to resume Oct. 16 in U.S. district court in New York. He has also given legal support to MasterCard’s regional operations and counseled senior managers on issues of advertising and marketing, as well as of antitrust and intellectual property.

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