Ute König-Stemmler joined Visa in 1998 as a Trainee Acceptance Manager in the Frankfurt office. Since then, Ute has held roles including Manager of New Products and Senior Relationship Manager, and is currently Head of Business Development for Central Europe. In this role, Ute is responsible for leading the regional cluster in developing new business opportunities for Visa Europe, either by extending partnerships with existing businesses or identifying and developing new business areas. Prior to joining Visa, Ute worked for several years as both Sales and Marketing Manager for Aral Card-Services in various regions across Germany. Ute holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim.