MasterCard Inc. has hired Antonio "Tony" Ferri to fill the newly created position of group executive of enterprise architecture.

Ferri will be in charge of MasterCard's "information technology effectiveness and efficiency," as well as "ensuring technology structure is in line with overall business strategy," the Purchase, N.Y., payments company said last week.

He will be based at MasterCard's global technology and operations unit in St. Louis.

Most recently, Ferri was a senior consultant at the technology advisory firm Dante Consulting Inc. MasterCard said he has almost 30 years of experience as an information technology expert.

He is a former chief development officer and chief enterprise architect at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, and he has held senior information technology positions at Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp.

Rob Reeg, the president of MasterCard's global technology and operations unit, said in a press release that Ferri's "experience will be invaluable in helping to ensure that MasterCard stays at the forefront of leadership and innovation in the growing market of electronic payment processing."

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