FinServ 25: The Most Influential Voices In Banking

Determining the most influential people in banking is not just about social media scores. With this in mind, more than 100 global leaders in the financial services industry were asked to identify the top 'influencers' who are leading the charge in an industry being disrupted. The influencers selected are considered thought leaders on critical topics such as mobile and online delivery, digital transformation, innovation, payments, customer experience and and multichannel marketing.

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11. Michal Panowicz
m_panowiczMichal Panowicz is probably best known for the innovation he was a part of during his time at mBank in Poland. As the SVP & deputy head of digital banking at Nordea, Panowicz is a very highly sought after speaker on digital integration in the delivery process. His industry experience focuses on financial services and technology, combined with his functional expertise in operations & sales, strategy and finance management make him one of the true practitioners of digital banking.

Banks WILL digitize – they have gone through disruptive information technology transformations before, so can they now.”

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12. David Brear
David BrearDavid Brear has a deep range of experience in agency, consultancy and client side work for a number of top financial services brands. Brear is now part of the international Think Different Group. Previously, Brear headed the UK Digital Banking practice for Gartner Consulting, helping key banking clients put in place the right foundations and innovations to grow, expand, defend and run their markets and operations.

With technology lowering the barriers to entry and with neo banks and technology firms nipping at their toes, banks need to find a way to give birth to the next generation. They have the money and customers … now they just need the balls, the leadership and the culture to make it happen to defend their crowns.

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13. Jim Bruene
jim brueneSince 2007, Jim Bruene has been the ringleader of Finovate, the demo-only innovation showcases that have taken place in New York City, San Francisco, London and Singapore, drawing over 16,000 attendees. With a career that began in banking, Bruene has been a consistent and leading voice in banking for more than two decades, having founded the Online Banking Report (renamed the Digital Banking Report when sold to Jim Marous in 2014). An active observer of changes in the marketplace, Bruene authors the widely read Finovate and NetBanker blogs.

Twenty years into the digital banking era, newcomers have captured less than 1% of the market. That is about to change.”

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14. Elizabeth Lumley
Liz LumleyA self proclaimed ‘global FinTech ambassador’, Liz Lumley has been in charge of the multimedia editorial output and special projects at financial technology newswire Finextra since 2009. Interviewing some of the most interesting leaders in financial services through the years, Lumley is internationally recognized as one of the best journalists in the industry and is highly active on all social media channels.

There is nothing more disruptive than a female voice in FinTech.”

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15. Kosta Peric
Peric_KonstantinKosta Peric is currently deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, accelerating the adoption and use of financial services in developing countries. Previously, he was a technologist and a co-founder of Innotribe, a team that promotes innovation at SWIFT. He is also the author of The Castle and the Sandbox, a book on how to innovate in conservative companies.

Innovation is about patience, perseverance and passion.”

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  1. Thank you! It’s quite an honor to be included on this list. I have spent time with so many of these people over the past five or six years and can genuinely say these are not only brilliant thinkers and practitioners of the future of financial services, these are incredible human beings. It’s a fantastic time to be working within this space – banking, fintech, payments – we are helping the industry evolve at just the right time. Thank you for helping drive this revolution with us.

  2. The one problem with lists – they are a finite number. Here’s a few of my additions: Dominic Venturo from US Bank, Neff Hudson from USAA, Simon Taylor Barclays, Faisal Khan – Mike Townsend – Brian Roemmele from ‘Around the Coin’, Jason Del Rey from Recode, James Wester from IDC, Erin McCune from Glenbrook, Claire Calmejane Lloyds, Phil Allen Lloyds, and a heck of a lot more out there.

  3. Jim Marous Jim Marous says:

    Great additions Sam. You will notice that we did include Neff on the list because of special mentions of him and Christophe Langlois by the panel. In addition, every one of the people you mention received votes in the process.

    Interestingly, 60% of the ballots included 3+ of the recognized influencers and 80%+ of the ballots had at least 2 leaders that ended up on the #FinServ25 list. With over 80 people receiving votes, there was a natural break in number of votes at #5, #10 and #25. Not going into the process knowing how many we would include, the tally actually set the thresholds for inclusion.

    I agree that all of the people you mention should be followed. They are all making a dramatic impact on the future of banking.

  4. I think deserving of being in the list, if not in the top ten, is Jeffry Pilcher (the creator of this site). And I wouldn’t have thought it self-aggrandizing if his name had appeared here in any way. It would make perfect sense considering the daily contributions from this site we all enjoy. Couple that along with the Forum conference that is now gaining wide notoriety and it would put him squarely near the top of the list. This is just my opinion, but I am sure it is shared by many others.

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