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Brian Walter

Brian Walter

Global Leader of Watson Client Insights & Cognitive Experience, Watson Financial Services Solutions, IBM

Brian Walter is the Global Leader of Watson Client Insights and Cognitive Experience for the newly formed Watson Financial Services Solutions organization.

As a Senior Executive, Mr. Walter’s responsibilities include global go to market, strategic partnerships and alliances across all of Financial Services Sector. Additionally, Mr. Walter is a key member of the group responsible for evaluation and recommendation for acquisitions and partnerships within the Watson Financial Services organization. In this role, among other things, Brian spends significant time with the FinTech community working with FinTech firms, investors and corporate ventures divisions.

Prior to this role, Brian was the Financial Services Global Industry Leader within The IBM Watson Group. Watson is one of the most significant innovations in the company’s 104 year history and represents a new era of information technology.

Mr. Walter has over 30 years of consulting and management experience within the Financial Services sector. Prior to joining IBM, Brian held multiple executive positions including: creation and delivery of strategic solutions, software development, head of operations, company acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and client acquisitions.

Mr. Walter has launched, built and sold 3 businesses in the internet and financial services domains. During this period he was one of the early pioneers of commercial application of the internet and built some the earliest and most innovative commerce sites including Best Buy.com, J Crew.com, American Airlines.com. He also led the early development of internet transaction sites of Fidelity, HSBC, Citi, and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Walter is a frequent speaker at industry events and analyst briefings and author of a number of White Papers on the impact of digital & cognitive computing, disruptive technologies and innovation.

Brian has degrees in Finance and Marketing from Villanova University