In MasterCard International's worldwide search for people to propel it into the next generation of smart card technology, two well-known names stood out among the elite few who are considered experts in the field.

The New York-based association landed Robin Townend, 45, from Barclays Bank in London; and Diane Wetherington, 34, who took AT&T's smart card program from an embryonic stage to a full-fledged business.

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