Jesse Lund leads blockchain and distributed ledger market development for IBM (NYSE: IBM). He and his team work closely with IBM clients, regulators, and central banks around the world to improve end user experience, optimize operational efficiency and identify new market opportunities.
Jesse sat down to talk today with Finance Magnates about IBM’s new universal payments solution, the importance of blockchain technology for IBM and much more. He revealed that in his opinion we will see the first central bank-issued cryptocurrencies just six to twelve months from now.
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Within his role, Jesse is responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and accelerating the commercialization of industry solutions to transform the landscape of global commerce. His team also leads global partnerships, represents IBM in industry consortiums, engages clients in solution design and development, and informs IBM’s strategic investment priorities within the Blockchain and cryptocurrency industries.
Jesse is a financial services veteran with two decades of industry experience. He joined IBM from Wells Fargo, where he enjoyed an 18-year executive tenure leading a wide range of responsibilities within community banking, consumer products, commercial banking, payments, wealth management, risk management, information technology, and research and development. In his prior role as Head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Lab, Jesse and his team led Wells Fargo’s cloud computing and DLT programs for the enterprise.
Jesse holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and an M.Div. in Theology & Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is based in Southern California, of which he is a native.