Positioning to meet the needs of its key members, MasterCard announced yesterday a down sizing of its International Board and the nomination of Citigroup to the MasterCard board. MasterCard says the reduced number of board members, from 31 to 17 voting members, will enable the association to be more “flexible” and respond more “quickly” to the needs of its members. The nomination of Robert B. Willumstad, head of Global Consumer Lending for Citigroup Inc., to the board, comes as no surprise following Citigroup’s resignation from the VISA U.S.A. board in January. The Wall Street Journal quotes a Citigroup spokeswoman as saying the reorganized MasterCard board will, over time, result in Citibank issuing more MasterCards than VISA cards in the U.S.. Following last month’s decision to streamline its organization into five key areas to serve “key members in top markets”, it is anticipated that MasterCard will move quickly to give members brand marketing flexibility, and the option of choosing the extent/cost of marketing support. Also nominated to the Global Board of Directors is Hiroshi Arai, president and chairman of Orient Corporation of Japan. For complete list of the MasterCard board visit CardFlash Online ([www.cardflash.com]).