Kevin Garlan

SVP, Head of Innovation for CITI’s Transaction Bank in North America,
Citi Bank

Kevin is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with demonstrated success spanning corporate and consumer banking, financial technology (fintech), digital innovation, and start-up venturing and acceleration. Leveraging extensive experience in the global payments industry, Kevin has served in functions ranging from product management and strategic business development, to digital innovation and relationship management. He has advised some of the industry’s most dynamic and complex clients (i.e. Apple, General Electric and MasterCard) on topics ranging from cash management and digital payments to working capital practices and treasury innovation. He has led global business development growth, advised fintech startups, and designed and launched corporate innovation and startup integration. An industry visionary, Kevin specializes in identifying growth opportunities and building cross- functional teams to drive revenue within these areas.

Throughout his executive career, Kevin has held leadership positions with Citibank, Deutsche Bank and several startups. In May of 2018 he assumed the role as Head of Innovation for Citi’s Transaction Bank in North America. Prior to that, he had been responsible for innovating strategic partnerships to commercialize and implement real-time payment, bill pay, and international remittance solutions for the consumer banking business at Citi. Previously, he spent over a decade at Deutsche Bank in a number of roles including product management, business development, and client coverage. While at Deutsche Bank, he helped co-found and develop the bank’s Innovation Lab network and orchestrated the firm’s first corporate sponsorship of the Plug and Play Technology Accelerator.

In addition to time in his hometown of New York, Kevin has lived and worked in Indonesia and Germany and is a published journal writer and author. As a thought leader in payments innovation, financial technology and strategic partnerships, Kevin is a regular presenter at industry forums and conferences. Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with Magna Cum Laude honors. As a seasoned Board Member, he has held positions with the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and Advisory Board positions with WaldDirekt GmbH and The Economist.