Catalin Cretu

Catalin Cretu, Area Manager - Romania and Croatia, Visa Europe

With a background of over 12 years in the banking and cards industry, Cătălin Creţu has a strong expertise in financial project management, particularly after a three-year experience with HSBC Bank USA in New York, with focus on retail projects. His current responsibilities as Area Manager, Visa Europe – Romania & Croatia are managing the development and implementation of market strategies and business plans for Visa Europe in the two countries; managing business, operational, marketing, PR & PA activities; managing strategic business opportunities in areas encompassing  contactless, government services, consumer and commercial card products and merchant relations.


He has experience in banking back-office and in front-office operations, his professional record includes managing a wide variety of business initiatives, from creating business units to developing new products and distribution channels.


Cătălin Creţu holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the New York University, as well as an M.A. degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Prior to this, in 1992 he achieved a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Bucharest Polytechnic University.