David Horton

David Horton is a proven advisor and thought leader in digital transformation and innovation related to new and traditional businesses in the financial industry. Focused on aligning commercial business strategy with technology, he has almost 25 years’ experience helping banks across various corporate functions to rapidly grow their companies and generate new revenue streams, while also differentiating themselves through emerging technologies.

With insight into and practical experience around the latest fintech trends and disruptive banking technologies, Horton is able to help clients with idea generation and more importantly, execution. He has additional perspective driving digital marketing and technology efforts from years of working in the banking, consulting and technology industries.
As Head of Innovation at Synechron, Horton was instrumental in the launch and direction of Synechron’s financial innovation labs (FinLabs) in Dubai, Amsterdam and London helping to create a truly immersive technology experience where clients can come to touch and feel the technology and work toward actionable business applications, such as Synechron’s six blockchain accelerators.

Prior to Synechron, Horton was Chief Transformation Officer at the one of the largest banks in Dubai, Mashreq, where he developed and executed their digital transformation program. He also served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Investcorp in Bahrain and has held senior roles at Reuters, Amlin and Accenture. David frequently provides his views to the media on the changing landscape of digital banking and often delivers keynote speeches about the digitization and disruption of banking at several major industry conferences in the financial and payments space.


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