Iona College Alumnus Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA Named a Top CEO

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — named Iona College alumnus Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA of Visa Inc. one of the nation’s top chief executive officers of 2021.

Glassdoor’s Top CEOs 2021 Employee’s Choice Awards ranked Kelly number five in its ranking of the 100 top CEOs at large companies. His employee approval rating was 97 percent.

According to Glassdoor, the awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO's leadership, along with insights into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

“On behalf of Iona College, I would like to congratulate Al on this recognition. It is the latest in a long line of his extraordinary accomplishments,” said Iona President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. “Iona has a proud legacy of developing leaders across all walks of life, but Al continues to raise the bar. We are so grateful for the example he has set.”

A Westchester native, Kelly has led Visa since December 1, 2016, and was elected chairman of the board in April 2019. Prior to joining Visa, he was president of the American Express Company.

A computer and information science major as an undergraduate, Kelly also went on to earn his MBA while at Iona. Not long after graduation, Kelly was a manager of information systems at the White House under President Ronald Reagan from 1985-1987.

In addition to his numerous professional achievements, Kelly was chairman of the 2015 Papal Visit Committee for NYC and is a passionate philanthropist, including serving as a member of the finance council for the Archdiocese of New York, and as a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and of Boston College.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s new campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.