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.