Penny Burtt

Vice-President, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Visa

thumbnail_pennyPenny Burtt is Vice-President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific with global payments company, Visa. She oversees the company’s engagement and partnerships with governments and regulators across the region, leading a group of government relations professionals, and serves on the company’s Asia Pacific executive management team.

Prior to joining Visa, Penny was Director of Public Affairs, External Relations and Head of Client Service Risk, Asia, with global management consultancy McKinsey & Company. She led McKinsey’s government relations, public affairs, reputation building, communications and risk efforts across Asia. Penny joined McKinsey from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In the course of her diplomatic career, Penny represented Australia at a senior level in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. She also served as Assistant Secretary Southeast Asia and as an adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

With a strong personal commitment to the community sector, Penny sits on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations in Singapore including the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham); the Singapore Institute for International Affairs; and the Singapore Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a senior fellow of the Singapore Social Innovation Park (SIP). Penny also sits on the Board of the U.S. National Center for APEC and the Advisory Council of AsiaLink Business in Australia.

Penny is a passionate advocate for women’s leadership. She was a leader of McKinsey’s women’s initiative in Asia, and co-authored the firm’s inaugural “Women Matter” Asia report. A frequent public speaker on women’s leadership in the corporate sector, she has delivered leadership and diversity and inclusion training for a wide range of companies in Asia. Penny has served on the Executive Committee of Singapore’s women’s board advocacy group, BoardAgender, and is a mentor with the Singapore Young Women Leaders Network.