Visa Europe, the payments business, wants to be seen as a technology company by both the business community and consumers.
The remit will also see H&K communicate Visa Europe’s commitment to invest €100m a year in contactless, mobile and ecommerce payment technology.
The buzz around e-commerce and mobile payments has seen start-ups and established companies challenge Visa’s foothold.
Visa Europe’s comms shift comes after the appointment of Hotwire director Eleanor Orebi Gann as head of technology and business PR.
She said: ‘In the past, Visa has not talked about its strong tech background and pioneering innovations around touchless and mobile payments.
‘I want H&K to help us promote that Visa gets this technology right, first time, so that consumers and businesses know our system is secure with all the fail-safes one has when using a Visa card.’
H&K technology MD Grant Currie will head the Visa account.
Visa Europe already retains H&K in the UK for its financial, consumer and corporate campaigns.