Arvind Thapar is a Banking and Financial Markets Analytics Solutions Leader at IBM with over 18 years of experience of working in technology organizations for Banking firms and IBM Business Partners. He spent the first 14 years of his career in banking working for First National Bank of Omaha where he was Vice President and CTO in the enterprise technology division, responsible for analysis, design, evaluation, integration, operation, maintenance and management of a variety of infrastructure and application technologies. After FNB, Mr. Thapar worked at Sirius Computer Solutions, one of the largest IBM Buisness Partners world wide, as an IT Architect, and helped drive revenue in the financial, health care and industrial sectors. Mr. Thapar defined the “cloud” go to market strategy for various Sirius clients, and introduced them to the concept of providing “Analytics As A Services”. Arvind joined IBM in 2011 to help drive sales and revenue in the financial services sector, as well as cross platform analytics based solutions, with a strong focus towards banking and financial markets.
Richard Melville is Group Editorial Director for SourceMedia’s banking publications, including its daily flagship newspaper American Banker. Publications in the banking group also include, among others, the weekly newspaper National Mortgage News, the monthly publications Bank Technology News and U.S. Banker, and electronic publications such as Cardline , ATM & Debit News and PaymentsSource.com.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Melville was Managing Editor of American Banker for nine years, in which role he was responsible for daily management of both the newspaper and AmericanBanker.com. Before that, he worked at Reuters as Deputy Equities Editor and Wall Street Editor, managing coverage, and prior to that reporting, on a variety of beats, including technology, telecommunications, real estate, banking, airlines, and the stock market. Prior to that he worked at PC World magazine.
Before entering the field of journalism, Mr. Melville was a senior consultant with Deloitte & Touche's Valuation practice in New York. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in philosophy and economics, and attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.