Katherine Johnson
Vice President, Global Sponsorship Marketing, VISA, Inc.
Kate Johnson is Vice President and Head of Global Sponsorship Marketing at Visa. In her role, she oversees the global portfolio of sponsorships for Visa, including the company’s 30-year partnership with the IOC, FIFA and the NFL. Sponsorships have been a key pillar of Visa’s marketing strategy for many years. Through these properties and platforms, Visa has been able to offer unique value to clients, while building a stronger brand and driving business growth globally. Visa’s sponsorship portfolio includes properties from around the world that are procured for a variety of purposes including (but not limited to): Brand Building, Client Pass-Through/General Activation, Client Co-Sponsorships, and Consumer Product Benefits, allowing Visa to tell a story that the business, brand and consumer can connect to in meaningful ways.
Prior to joining Visa, Kate served as a Senior Director within WME IMG’s Global Consulting Group. During Kate’s tenure at IMG she was based in London, Toronto and New York City where she managed a portfolio of clients, building strategic global marketing programs and sponsorship activations for global properties including Wimbledon, World Golf Championships, the US & British Open, and the Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi Olympics.
Kate competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where she and her teammates won a silver medal in the Women’s 8+. She is a 2002 World Champion and former world record holder. Kate is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a 3-time All American, 2-time Academic All-American, and the 2001 Big Ten Athlete of the Year.