HSBC has strengthened its commitment to technological innovation and the specter of cybercrime with the formation of a new eight-person technology advisory panel. The new cadre will help develop and implement the lender’s overall IT strategy, drawing on the aggregate expertise and background of its diverse constituency.
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The deployment of a cohesive tech advisory board follows on the heels of a previous effort by Santander, which has also launched similar efforts to help combat cybercrime and shore up its own operations. HSBC’s board consists of eight panel members, each of which distinguished in their respective field.
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The panel is composed of senior technologists and entrepreneurs from the United States, China, India, and Israel and will be meeting on a quarterly basis to discuss and oversee HSBC’s technological strategy. The panel will be chaired by HSBC’s COO Andy Maguire. It features the following individuals:
- Mickey Boodaei, CEO of Transmit Security, cybersecurity expert
- Steve Kirsch, CEO of Token
- Chris Larsen, Executive Chairman of Ripple
- Megan Quinn, General Partner at Spark Capital, Silicon Valley Venture Capital
- Kira Radinsky, Chief Scientist at eBay
- Haoyu Shen, former CEO of JD.com
- Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosyst
- Gurjeet Singh, CEO of Ayasdi
The composition of HSBC’s panel is important as it encompasses a range of specialties including open APIs, blockchain, data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and startup investment.
According to Mr. Maguire, in a recent statement on the formation of the panel: “The Technology Advisory Board is key to helping us adopt technology that makes HSBC simpler, better and faster for our 46m customers and 250,000 colleagues across our global network.”
“We have also established tech labs in the UK, India and China and signed partnerships with leading organisations including the Alan Turing Institute in London and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited,” he added.