MasterCard Incorporated is a technology company in the global payments industry. The Company connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses around the world, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. The Company�s family of brands includes MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus. It also provides offerings, such as loyalty and reward programs, information services and consulting. It provides transaction processing and a range of payment-related products and services to enable the design, packaging and implementation of its products and programs. The Company operates the MasterCard Network, its global payments network that links issuers and acquirers around the globe to facilitate the processing of transactions, permitting MasterCard cardholders to use their cards and other payment devices at millions of merchants around the world.