Jeff SmithGlobal Head of Open Innovation at Citi FinTech
Jeff Smith, a 14-year veteran of Citi, is Global Head of Open Innovation at Citi FinTech. The Open Innovation team at Citi FinTech designs and executes high impact innovation initiatives to advance Citi’s mission of becoming the world’s digital bank. The team’s mandate is to source, accelerate, promote, and support the implementation of innovative digital solutions and business models in partnership with the global FinTech community.
Jeff joined Citi FinTech from Citi Ventures, where he spent 4 years focused on building a connected culture of innovation throughout Citi by creating the systems, capabilities, and processes that support sustainable growth. Working closely with Citi’s global innovation labs and managing the Acceleration Fund, he developed a healthy pipeline of POCs and early stage ideas that ultimately fueled the seeds of future growth and competitive differentiation for Citi. Before joining Citi Ventures, Jeff ran the Enterprise Fraud Detection program for Consumer Operations & Technology. Prior to Citi, Jeff was a senior technology consultant for PeopleSoft and Oracle post-acquisition. Jeff graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration and enjoys swimming, playing guitar, travelling the world and is a big sports, music, and craft beer enthusiast.