Alex is Chief Strategy Officer at Extractable, a strategic consulting, design and data analytics agency focused on the future of financial services. Extractable consults exclusively with financial services clients, helping companies in banking, investment management, and insurance accelerate transformation to provide the best-in-class digital experiences that today's customers expect. Alex is responsible for helping financial service companies define their digital transformation strategy and implementation roadmaps. His other recent experience includes leading technology strategic planning for the office of the CIO, at Zions Bancorporation, and managing Digital Banking and Payments Strategy and Innovation at Rockland Trust. He chaired the CBA’s Digital Channel Committee and was a member of the ABA’s Fintech Committee. Alex has been published by The Financial Brand, Finovate, CFO Outlook, CIO Insights, and Irish Tech news. He’s been quoted in the WSJ, the Boston Globe, The Financial Brand, the American Banker and the Boston Business Journal.
How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?
I have over 20 years of experience in banking. During the last 12 years, I have been focused on the digital transformation of financial services, particularly banking and wealth management.
What topic areas are you most passionate about?
I’m most interested in how the industry and specific organizations can change to address the digital present and coming future. As someone whose roles have been in and around strategy, I believe making strategic changes are required beyond merely digitizing existing processes and practices.
Which influencers influence you within those key topics?
There is a vast network of people that influence me within fintech and financial services. However, I am most close to this group of people:
Ron Shevlin, Brett King, Chris Skinner, Jim Marous, Brad Leimer, David Gerbino, Mike D King, JP Nicols, Lisa Kuhn Phillips, Duena Blomstrom, Michal Panowicz, Deva Annamalai, Rob Findlay, Mat Dooley, Wade Arnold, Jason Henrichs, Theo Lau, Spiros Margaris, Sharon O’Dea, Stessa Cohen, Anne Boden
Outside of your key topics who else influences you?
There are many other people that I follow and influence my thinking in how industry is changing. I would say that the more impactful are:
What are your passions outside of work?
Running, Fitness, and Parenting, not in that order.
How would you describe your offline influence?
I was a founding member, former Vice-Chair and Chair of the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) Digital Channels Committee, where I worked with digital banking industry leaders, regulators, and the Senate Banking Committee. Recently, I was a member of the American Bankers Associations’ Fintech Committee, working with banking industry leaders, and regulators. I’ve been published by The Financial Brand, Finovate, CFO Outlook, CIO Insights, and the Irish Tech news. I’ve been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The Financial Brand, the American Banker and the Boston Business Journal. I regularly speak at industry events, most recently at Finovate Spring 2018 and 2019, AFP Utah Chapter Meeting Spring 2018, Omnichannel Banking Transformation & Strategy Conference, January 2018.
If a brand wanted to work with you, what offline / online activities would you be most interested in?
Speaking opportunities, podcasts, video interviews, articles, and blog posts.
What brands have you worked with?
IBM, The Financial Brand, The Irish Tech News, Crealogix, Finovate, EFMA, CFO Tech Outlook, ThreatMetrix, StellarStrategic, BAI, ICBA, WBR, YES! Bank, Aspire Systems, Refinitiv, TearSheet, ThreatMetrix, American Banker, GDS Group, Zions Bank.
Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?
I would be interested in co-creating long form content (blogs, white papers, eBooks, research, etc.), providing a quote for a blog or news article and sharing / creating a social post. I would also be interested in speaking at or attend an event, participating in a podcast, webinar or online chat and creating video content.