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.

Before joining MasterCard, Mr. Hanft was senior vice president and assistant general counsel at AT&T Universal Card Services, where he managed the legal issues associated with AT&T Corp.’s start-up credit card program. He began his career as a trial lawyer in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society and later worked at the New York intellectual property law firm Ladas & Parry.

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