As group president for the Americas, Bill Sheedy oversees the global payments technology company’s business and client relationships in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  More recently, Sheedy served as president of North America and global head of corporate strategy and business development.  Prior to his leadership role in Visa’s corporate restructure and successful initial public offering in 2007, he has been responsible for expanding merchant acceptance and consumer usage of Visa, while providing oversight of areas responsible for industry cost and revenue studies, merchant incentive programs and improving the point-of-sale operating performance of Visa products.  Sheedy has also been key in supporting Visa product and brand strategies as well as other initiatives that are critical to realizing Visa’s long-term growth potential.  Sheedy joined Visa USA in May 1993.  Prior to joining, he spent three years with Ford Motor Company’s First Nationwide Bank, where he was responsible for asset and liability planning and profit/expense forecasting.  Sheedy holds a B.S. from West Virginia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.