Hock, Dee Ward

Hock, Dee Ward

(1930–  ) business executive; born in Utah. He grew up in North Odgen, Utah, and was largely self-educated. He found his niche in financial services and became the CEO of the newly formed National BankAmericard Inc. (1970) which he renamed Visa International in 1977. He foresaw a global electronic data network and he led Visa past both Mastercard and American Express in the bank-card industry. He pioneered electronic bank transfers, magnetic strips on cards, and the internationalization of financial services. After having revolutionized his industry, he retired in 1984.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.