Some business leaders are admired for lofty visions of castles built in the sky, but the chairman of MasterCard International Inc. wins praise for a different kind of insight.

Norman J. Tice, who is also chairman and chief executive officer of Boatmen's Credit Card Bank, is "one of the most knowledgeable and most practical people working in the business today, not to mention one of the nicest" according to Alex W. "Pete" Hart, former CEO at MasterCard.

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