The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation

September 16, 2011 11:49 ET

News Release: Donald H. Morrison Joins the Board of The MasterCard Foundation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - The MasterCard Foundation announced today the appointment of Donald H. Morrison, Former Chief Operating Officer of Research in Motion (RIM), to its Board of Directors.

"Don's combination of business acumen and his personal philanthropic passion make him a valuable addition to The MasterCard Foundation Board," said Lois Juliber, Chair of the Board of The MasterCard Foundation.

Mr. Morrison has distinguished himself throughout his career as an outstanding international business leader. At RIM, Mr. Morrison built a world-class service organization with operations in 175 countries around the world and fiscal year revenues of nearly $20 billion. Prior to joining RIM, Mr. Morrison held a number of senior leadership positions in Canada, Europe and the United States with AT&T and Bell Canada.

Beyond his professional success, Mr. Morrison has been a committed philanthropist and community activist. He is the co-founder of the Debbie and Donald H. Morrison Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Advisory Board of the Mind and Life Institute and the Board of the new Mind and Life Institute in Canada. Mr. Morrison also continues to support projects focused on peace and security at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and has recently commissioned a project to develop new methods for the cultivation and practice of altruism and compassion with the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont College, California.

"I am very happy to be joining The MasterCard Foundation Board," said Mr. Morrison. "The Foundation's unique focus on young people and financial inclusion in developing countries could not be timelier and I look forward to working with the Board to move this important work forward."

Mr. Morrison holds an MBA and BA from the University of Toronto and also participated in the Executive Program at the University of Virginia, Darden Business School.

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in 48 countries, The MasterCard Foundation is helping people living in poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper. An independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, The MasterCard Foundation was established through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide at the time of the company's initial public offering in 2006. For more information, please visit

The members of The MasterCard Foundation Board of Directors are:

  • Lois Juliber, Chair, retired Vice-Chair and Chief Operating Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Phillip Clay, Chancellor and professor of city planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • James Leech, President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Festus Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana
  • Don Morrison, former COO Research in Motion
  • Hutham Olayan, Principal and Director of The Olayan Group
  • Paul Ostergard, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Citigroup Foundation
  • Marguerite Robinson, former professor, author, independent consultant on microfinance

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