Staff

Brian Behlendorf
Executive Director
Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director for Hyperledger.
Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.
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Todd Benzies
Sr. Program Manager
Todd Benzies is the Sr. Program Manager for Hyperledger.
Greg Wallace
Sr. Director of Marketing
Greg is the Sr. Director of Marketing for Hyperledger.
Tracy Kuhrt
Community Architect
Tracy Kuhrt is the Community Architect for Hyperledger.
Tracy has had a varied career working in automotive manufacturing, pharmaceutical, microelectronics, and e-commerce industries. Prior to the Linux Foundation, Tracy was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at PayPal on the Strategic Architecture team. Tracy has also developed compilers, assemblers, and linkers for 8- and 16-bit micro-controllers at Microchip Technologies using open source software.
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David Huseby
Security Maven
David Huseby is the Security Maven for Hyperledger.
David has spent his 20+ year career driving the adoption of open source software to increase security and reliability in a range of industries. In the 1990's he helped define and implement the first interactive web applications and was a leader in open source server-side business logic development. He then spent years in the entertainment software industry focusing on performance, reliability and security as well as building teams of engineers focused on security best practices. Most recently, as a senior platform security engineer at Mozilla, he led an effort to harden Firefox Web Browser with the anti-surveillance and security advancements found in the Tor Browser. He brings to the project, years of experience and a great passion for user privacy and improving the security and trust in open source software through transparent and secure software development and deployment best practices.
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Ray George
Sr. Director of PR
Ray is the Sr. Director of PR for Hyperledger.
Jessica Rampen
Sr. PR Manager
Jessica is the Sr. PR Manager for Hyperledger.
Min Yu
Sr. Operations Analyst
Min Yu is the Sr. Operations Analyst for Hyperledger.
Meredith Solberg
Marketing Manager
Meredith is the Marketing Manager for Hyperledger.
Ry Jones
Release Engineer
Ry is the Release Engineer for Hyperledger.
Rebecca Goldberg
Meeting and Event Planner
Rebecca is the Meeting and Event Planner for Hyperledger.

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Technical Steering Committee

Arnaud Le Hors
Arnaud is Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) Open Web Technologies at IBM. He has been working on Open Technologies for over 20 years, involving standards and open source development.
Arnaud was a staff member of the W3C and the X Consortium and has represented IBM in several standards and open source organizations for many years. Arnaud has been involved in every aspect of the Open Technologies development process. This includes the technical, strategic, political, and legal aspects. Arnaud was editor of several key Web specifications including HTML and DOM and was involved in high profile open source projects such as Xerces, the Apache XML parser, and the X Window System. Arnaud made his first steps in Open Source in 1990 with the release of the XPM library which is still in use today! Arnaud is currently the main representative for IBM at W3C, the chair of the W3C RDF Data Shapes Working Group, and a member of the Hyperledger Project Technical Steering Committee (TSC).
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Binh Nguyen
Binh Nguyen is the lead blockchain architect at IBM, focusing on distributed systems and technologies.
He has led development of many IBM commercial products and open source projects, including WebSphere components, Analytics, Open Blockchain, Fabric, Gamification, and Visual Programming.
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Chris Ferris
TSC Chair
Christopher is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Open Technology in the IBM Cloud organization.
He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 36+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He has overall technical responsibility for all of IBM's strategic open technology initiatives, including OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger Project, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Mesos, Node.js and Docker and more.
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Dan Middleton
Dan Middleton is Head of Technology for Intel's Blockchain and Distributed Ledger program.
Dan joined Intel in 2000 to work on emerging web and distributed systems technologies. His early accomplishments include optimizations of matching engines for major stock exchanges and multi-tier system designs at a variety of financial institutions. Working with industry consortia in 2007, Dan led Intel's contributions on a privacy preserving network leveraging proof of work and anonymous credentials. Since 2009, Dan has incubated new business ventures in Intel's New Technology Group. Dan is excited to contribute the Sawtooth Lake Distributed Ledger project into Hyperledger and collaborate with the community to create something globally beneficial.
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Greg Haskins
Greg Haskins is a Distinguished Engineer for State Street with 20 years of software experience in various industries including telecommunications and financial services.
He specializes in system architecture, operating systems, distributed/parallel/decentralized computing, cryptography, high performance and fault-tolerance. His has founded and/or contributed to many open source projects such as the Linux Kernel, KVM, AlacrityVM, Hyperledger Chaintool, and LSEG MemoryConnect in addition to leading countless proprietary projects, many of which are still in the field today. He holds an MSEE and BSECE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and lives in Holden Massachusetts with his wife and 4 young children.
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Hart Montgomery
Hart Montgomery received his B.S.E. from Princeton in 2008 and completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford in 2014, during which he was awarded a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.
He joined Fujitsu Laboratories of America in 2015. His current research interests are spread throughout general cryptography, with a current focus on cryptocurrency and applicable cryptographic techniques, lattice-based cryptography, and cryptographic primitives.
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Mic Bowman
Mic Bowman is a principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the distributed ledger research group.
Mic has spent over 20 years working on large-scale databases and distributed systems. He is currently working on methods for improving the security, scalability, and privacy of distributed ledgers. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona.
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Murali Katipalli
Murali Katipalli is an Enterprise Architect at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).
Murali is responsible for providing technical leadership to DTCC in the areas of Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology, SOA, Big Data/NoSQL Systems and Cloud Computing. He is one of the founding members of DTCC’s Blockchain R&D team, and is actively involved in providing key architectural guidance and support. With more than 20 years of experience providing strategic technology direction and leadership for several Fortune 500 companies, Murali brings cross-domain expertise from the Finance, Healthcare, Media and Technology sectors. He has chaired several enterprise initiatives and committees focused on the development and implementation of technology standards, best practices and policy for IT organizations.   Murali holds a Masters in Information Systems and Bachelors of Science from IIT, Madras.
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Richard Brown
Richard Brown is Head of Technology for R3, a partnership of global banks designing and delivering advanced shared ledger technologies to global financial markets.
Formerly Executive Architect for Banking Innovation at IBM, he is a leading authority on this technology and maintains a widely-read blog on the topic (http://gendal.me). He co-authored the IBM Academy of Technology’s first paper on bitcoin and his writings have been cited by the Financial Times, the Bank of England and multiple influential reports. His fifteen-year career at IBM encompassed a variety of architecture and consulting roles, specializing in the application of new technology in banking and financial markets. He is an advisor to several FinTech startups.
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Sheehan Anderson
Biography coming shortly.
Tamás Blummer
Tamás is the Chief Ledger Architect at Digital Asset. Prior to Digital Asset, Tamás served for over a decade as a VP at Deutsche Bank where he ran the IT systems for global fixed income processing, VP at MSCI, and as Executive Director at Morgan Stanley.
He was the founder and CEO of Bits of Proof, a firm which constructed an enterprise grade Bitcoin blockchain server deployed by the payment processor BopShop, the backend for myTREZOR which was the first hardware Bitcoin wallet, and Bullion Bitcoin, the first real-time auditable exchange for institutional investors. Tamás also built the Bitcoin mining control software at CoinTerra.
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Governing Board

Blythe Masters
Governing Board Chair
Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a company that builds distributed, encrypted straight through processing tools to improve efficiency, security, compliance and settlement speed.
Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan, which she left in 2014 after a career spanning 27 years, following the successful sale of the bank’s physical commodities business which she built. Named J.P. Morgan's head of Global Commodities in 2007, Blythe was responsible for building an integrated physical and financial commodity business, including market-making, structuring, risk management, financing and warehousing capabilities across the full spectrum of commodity asset classes. From 2012, in addition to Global Commodities, she was responsible for the Corporate & Investment Bank's Regulatory Affairs overseeing strategies to address the range of complex regulatory changes. She was a member of the J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and previously the firm's Executive Committee. From 2004 to 2007, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Investment Bank. Prior to that role, she was J.P. Morgan's head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy. Earlier positions at J.P. Morgan include head of North American Structured Credit Products, co-head of Asset Backed Securitization and head of Global Credit Derivatives Marketing. From 2012 to 2014, Blythe was chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). From 2008-2010 she was chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Blythe is the chair of the board of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Global Fund for Women.
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Carlos Kuchkovsky
Carlos is the Chief Technology & Fintech Data Officer of New Digital Business at BBVA.
He has experience leading global teams, using the latest technologies to create new products, solutions and systems. Prior to New Digital Business, he worked on BBVA’s Open Platform, Banks as a Service, Financial Digital Platforms, and Added Valued Mobile Services initiatives. Prior to BBVA, he worked as a consultant in mobile technologies for financial institutions and retail and developed multiplayer mobile games. Carlos is co-author of the book "Blockchain Industrial Evolution," mentor of AI at Universidad Internacional La Rioja, has lectured at the International Desing Scholl.
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Chris Ferris
TSC Chair
Christopher is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Open Technology in the IBM Cloud organization.
He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 36+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He has overall technical responsibility for all of IBM's strategic open technology initiatives, including OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger Project, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Mesos, Node.js and Docker and more.
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Charles Cai
Charles Cai, Senior Advisor to the President Wanda Financial Group and acting Chief Architect, is responsible for building Center of Excellences for disruptive products and services around Big Data, Cloud and BlockChain.
Charles has more than two decades of experience and track records of global transformational programs – from vision, evangelism to end-to-end execution in global investment banks, and energy trading companies, where he excels at designing and building innovative, large scale, Big Data systems in high volume low latency trading, global ETRM(Energy Trading & Risk Management), and advanced temporal and geospatial predictive analytics, as Chief Front Office Technical Architect and Head of Data Science. Charles is also a frequent keynote speaker at various international conferences to share knowledge in Big Data, IoT, Cyber Security, FinTech and BlockChain etc. He’s also won awards at numerous hackathons to show case open innovations. He’s a core organizer of various big data hackathons for public sectors involving hundreds of data scientists and a wider EMEA community. His evangelism community work, pioneering Big Data initiatives in Finance, Oil and Gas industries since early days, eventually has earned him one of the 50 UK’s Top Data Leaders and Influencers (http://dataleadership.co.uk/data-50-awards/). Charles graduated with an Electronic Engineering Degree from Fudan University, Shanghai.
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Craig Young
Craig Young, Chief Technology Officer for SWIFT, is responsible for developing the company’s long term technology vision and strategy.
Young has more than 20 years of industry experience including executive leadership of large scale, complex, global organizations. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and CIO of Network Systems for Verizon Corporation where he was responsible for all supporting systems and technical strategy for its residential, enterprise and wholesale network provisioning, inventory, surveillance, construction and engineering globally. He also served as VP of Consumer Commerce for Verizon Wireless where he spearheaded the company's omni-channel strategy. His responsibilities included all development and ongoing evolution of their self-service and sales systems capabilities across their 2000+ Retail stores, Indirect Agents, Telesales centers, National Retail partners, Customer Care, M2M devices and their customer’s handsets. Additionally, Craig supported all national Supply Chain application development, Fraud detection systems and Commissions systems. Craig was also responsible for building and implementing strategic relationships and systems that support their cable partnerships, Precision Marketing team and Softpay payment platform. He has received both company and industry recognition for his innovative approach to applying technology including Computerworld’s “Top 40 under 40,” CIO Magazine’s “Ones to Watch,” and most recently was recognized by Computerworld magazine as one of its “Premier 100” IT professionals.
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Dan Middleton
Dan Middleton is Head of Technology for Intel's Blockchain and Distributed Ledger program.
Dan joined Intel in 2000 to work on emerging web and distributed systems technologies. His early accomplishments include optimizations of matching engines for major stock exchanges and multi-tier system designs at a variety of financial institutions. Working with industry consortia in 2007, Dan led Intel's contributions on a privacy preserving network leveraging proof of work and anonymous credentials. Since 2009, Dan has incubated new business ventures in Intel's New Technology Group. Dan is excited to contribute the Sawtooth Lake Distributed Ledger project into Hyperledger and collaborate with the community to create something globally beneficial.
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Dave Treat
Dave is the global head of Accenture’s Capital Markets Blockchain practice and serves as a client account lead for several leading financial services institutions.
He has over 18 years of experience in Financial Services split between consulting and industry roles. The early part of his career was primarily focused on retail banking, and cards and in the past decade he has focused on capital markets. Dave has experience and expertise in running strategy functions, innovation, strategic cost management, large-scale restructuring, customer relationship management, M&A, outsourcing & offshoring and process excellence.
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Dominik Heere
Dominik Heere is Vice President, head of Innovation Engineering with SAP’s Innovation Center Network development organization.
Dominik leads an international, cross-functional engineering team that explores technology frontiers and accelerates relevant trends within SAP’s development community to foster organic innovation. Prior to this, he has held various management roles in services & support, consulting and development. Dominik joined SAP 1996 and was most recently Vice President Product Architecture & Technology Strategy in the Office of the CTO.
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Jerry Cuomo
Jerry Cuomo is an IBM Fellow and newly appointed Vice President of Blockchain Technologies.
Jerry is leading the creation of an emerging business unit to define IBM's Blockchain strategy, offerings, and customer engagement approach. In 2016 IBM Blockchain is open for business, with the creation and open source contributions to the new Linux Hyperloedger Project, the introduction of IBM Blockchain Cloud Services, and the new Blockchain Garages to be opened in NYC, London, Japan, and Singapore. Jerry is known as one of the fathers of the IBM Websphere software brand, where he served as Chief Technology Officer for 15 years. During this time, Jerry led efforts to establish key middleware initiatives including IBM's API Management, Mobile and Cloud Services offerings in Bluemix. Jerry also led acquisitions to accelerate delivery in emerging middleware areas including StrongLoop, Worklight, and DataPower. Jerry continues to be a visible spokesperson for IBM in the emerging technology areas including Blockchain, API Economy, Digital Transformation, Cloud Services, and the lean start-up approach to continually address new business opportunities.
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Jonas von Malottki
Jonas von Malottki is Head of Department for Finance and Controlling IT Solutions within the Daimler IT Group Functions.
Jonas holds a Diploma in Computer Science and Japanese Studies from University of Bonn. Within Daimler he previously was in lead architecture roles for Finance Systems and various leadership positions. He has a keen interest in new technologies and the Open Source movement.
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Kireeti Reddy
Kireeti Reddy is Executive Director, Software Engineering at CME Group, leading CME Technology Labs team, focusing on accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies in delivering customer value.
Starting his career in financial industry with development of electronic trading platform supporting the launch of E-mini S&P on CME Group Globex platform, Kireeti spent most of his career in managing and developing low latency trading platforms leveraging industry standards like FIX protocol. During his tenure at CME, Kireeti also worked on order routing implementations connecting Globex platform with multiple global partner exchanges. Prior to CME Group, he also developed software solutions enabling trading firms implement end-to-end algorithmic trading applications in Matlab. Kireeti holds an Engineering undergrad, MS in Management Studies from Indian Institute of Science and MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Robert Palatnick
Robert Palatnick is Managing Director and the Chief Technology Architect, with global responsibility for IT strategy, architecture, standards and engineering design of the platforms, systems and applications underlying DTCC’s broad range of products and services.
Palatnick previously served as a Domain Lead in the Application Development division of IT and was Chief Administrative Officer of Information Technology from 2003 to 2007. Palatnick joined Government Securities Clearing Corporation (GSCC), a DTCC subsidiary, in 1993 as Vice President, Information Technology. He became Managing Director and Chief Information Officer of DTCC subsidiaries GSCC (1996), Mortgage-Backed Securities Clearing Corporation (2000) and Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (2003). Prior to that, Palatnick was Vice President, Development and Systems, at Security Pacific Corporation Sequor Software Services. Palatnick received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, and is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller fellowship.
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Sastry Durvasula
Sastry Durvasula, Senior Vice President of Technology, leads enterprise-wide data and digital capabilities at American Express, including Big Data, Blockchain, Digital Payments and Partnerships.
He has global responsibility for the technology vision, strategy and delivery of the company’s internal/external data and digital products across business units, as well as engineering labs to enable emerging growth opportunities. He is also responsible for leading the global Unit CIO teams for Marketing, Information Management, Enterprise Digital, and Advertising & Brand Management. Most recently, Sastry led the launch of the company’s Big Data platform powering the growth agenda with next-gen analytics, machine learning, customer-facing products (Amex Offers, Vicinity) and data partnerships. He drove the company’s API platform strategy, including the launch of Developer API Portal, breaking ground for new business opportunities. He also built Big Data and Blockchain Labs to drive experimentation and open source projects. Additionally, Sastry and team have been driving the company’s tech transformation of digital payments and commerce with innovative products including AmexPay digital wallet; Checkout; digital Pay-with-Points; Mobile Pay’s (Apple, Android, Samsung); B2B payments; and SYNC social commerce partnerships. In his previous roles at Amex, Sastry led the strategy and delivery of a number of large-scale, global and complex tech initiatives for business growth and innovation across Merchant, Card and Network business units. Prior to joining the company, Sastry worked as an IT consultant for leading businesses across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sastry plays an active role in CIO/CDO forums and industry consortia, including the Hyperledger Project, and is credited with several patents. He passionately connects with academia/research groups, and spearheaded the company’s affiliate partnership with Stanford University’s Social Algorithms Lab (SOAL). He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering.
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Stefan Teis
Stefan Teis works as SVP at Business & Product Development of Deutsche Boerse Group, responsible for the blockchain initiative.
He has over 18 years of experience in risk management, analytics and systems development. Prior to joining Deutsche Börse, he held consulting and management positions at e. g. McKinsey & Company and SAP AG. Stefan studied physics at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen and the University of Washington. He holds a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics.
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Thierry Chevalier
Thierry Chevalier is currently Architect in Airbus Research & Technology Program Chief Engineering team.
Thierry globally leads virtual and verification & validation activities in Airbus research portfolio i.e. all processes, methods & tools; modelling & simulation of aircrafts, manufacturing or operations, digital continuity; ground & flight test means; flight test demonstrators.
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Todd McDonald
Todd is a Co-Founder and COO at R3, which leads a consortium of over 40 of the world’s largest banks focused on the application of shared ledger technologies to global financial markets.
Todd previously spent 14 years at Standard Chartered Bank in financial markets trading and management, where he held the roles of Global Head of eFX Trading and Managing Director, Head of FX Americas. Todd also served for four years on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Chief Dealers Working Group. Todd received a BA from Colgate University and currently resides in the New York City area.
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Toshiya Cho
Toshiya Cho is Senior Vice President, Financial Innovation Center at Hitachi, Ltd.
He has a career as systems engineer, business consultant for financial industry as well as a banker. Before joining Hitachi, Toshiya was responsible for Internet Banking and CRM at Citibank N.A.(Japan) and has been involved in a wide range of business and technologies related to marketing, channel strategies, biometrics, and artificial intelligence. Toshiya is a frequent speaker at industrial events and academia. He co-authored "E-Commerce Banking Strategies" (2000), Toyo Keizai, Inc. Toshiya holds a BA in economics from Waseda University and MBA in marketing and international business from New York University.
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Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq is the CFO for the Chief Administrative Office at JP Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank.
He is responsible for financial oversight and business management across Technology, Operations, KYC and Controls. He also manages the Blockchain initiative for the Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to this position, Umar was the Head of Small Business Segment for Chase Consumer Bank. His key responsibilities included P&L management, service delivery, marketing and AML/KYC controls. Previously he held the positions of National Sales Manager and CFO for Chase Business Banking. Umar joined JP Morgan Chase in 2009. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, he was the Chief Sales Officer for CIT where he led revenue growth across middle market and specialty lending businesses. He started his career at McKinsey & Company. Umar got his B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Economics and M.Engg. in Computer Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Umar received his JD from Yale Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar.
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Yoshinobu Sawano
Yoshinobu Sawano is in charge of leading the FUJITSU Fintech business as a manager at FUJITSU Laboratories of America, Inc at Silicon Valley since April 2016.
In his last role at FUJITSU GHQ, he was planning and developing the product/service in Financial Service Industry globally.
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