Ian is a Partner in Azurium and our Head of Digital. Ian is passionate about emerging technologies and their application to transform traditional operating models. At IBM, Ian was responsible for digital banking for Australia and New Zealand and the alignment of emerging technologies, e.g., cloud, analytics, cognitive, social and distributed ledger technology. Ian led global firsts for IBM including the application of blockchain technology for a global payments remittance platform (showcased at SIBOS in Singapore 2015), the application of cognitive and social listening for a new mobile retail banking solution and the development of a collaborative operating model to drive innovation between IBM and their strategic clients. He led the development of a digital platform enabling IBMs key bank client to develop agile solutions with new revenue and efficiency opportunities.
Ian has taken leadership roles in the emergence of start-ups in Australia and represented IBM in its corporate partnership with Sydney incubator Stone & Chalk, where he continues to mentor FinTech start-ups. Ian has written Fintech thought leadership papers and is recognised globally by Fintech Global 50 and by Ripple as a Fintech social media leader to follow; “Renwood’s timeline reflects a lot of knowledge on fintech innovation, combined with years of experience in a progressive industry. Follow him for a geographically broad and varied set of interests and observations”. He is often invited to judge global hackathon challenges.
Ian builds on 20 years as a management consultant at the forefront of the application of emerging technologies / processes to transform business models. In collaboration with his extensive network Ian has driven turnaround consulting P&Ls for IBM, Arthur Andersen, ISG (formerly TPI), Alexander Proudfoot. Ian has worked for a wide variety of clients globally, including secondment to an investment bank working on transactions and private equity firms overseeing significant technology restructures across their portfolio companies. Ian also served as a lead advisor on numerous information technology and business process outsourcing transactions.
Prior to management consulting Ian worked for banking, insurance and electronic funds transfer companies. He started his career as an electronics engineer in the Royal Australian Navy where he specialised in electronic warfare and communications. He’s previously served as a non-executive director of a private equity firm and various charities, foundations and clubs.
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