Interviews with Industry Leaders


Dan Balistierri, Vice President, Global Service & Experience, MasterCard

In this exclusive interview Dan discusses which aspects of a loyalty scheme attributes most to a great consumer experience, how the financial sector is dealing with an increasingly digital world and which are the most important elements when designing a great omnichannel strategy. Dan also shares the three most important aspects of a customer experience strategy that financial services need to focus on specifically and looking into the crystal ball to where Financial Services will be in 5 years time.

Kelly Harper, BMO Financial Group, Director Customer Experience Learning

Kelly shares her thoughts on what the financial services sector need to do to help rebuild trust from their customers, how BMO Financial Group leverage their customer experience strategy to achieve a competitive advantage and what are the three most important aspects of a customer experience strategy that financial services need to focus on specifically.

Nancy Porter, SVP, Marketing & Sales, Monarch Bank

Nancy sat down with the Customer Management team to discuss how combining the marketing, sales and training budgets under her remit has helped Monarch deliver a great experience, the secret to delivering an award winning customer experience and what types of initiatives Monarch integrate to ensure the customer is always at the heart of their employees

Cindy Chastain, Mastercard, SVP, Group Head, Customer Experience and Design

We caught up with Cindy Chastain from Mastercard who shared some of her insights into how to successfully guide the transformation of customer experience in order to differentiate your brand. She advocates the importance of design and predicts that this will become more and more prevalent in the future. She also discusses the challenge of embedding practices that actually get results, and the importance of a maturity model in achieving this. 

Jennifer Watkins, Global Head of Customer Innovation& Foresight, AXA

Jennifer Watkins from AXA shared her insights into innovation in customer experience, and how to create a seamless customer experience across all channels. She recommends the importance of involving employees in your customer service vision, and having the skillset to enable change in your organization. Watch our interview with her to find out more and how you can improve customer experience. 

Jeronimo De Miguel, VP Branding & Creative, ManuLife

Jeronimo De Miguel from Manulife tells us about the significance of a strong brand image and how brand ambassadors can have a positive impact on your organization. He reveals the message behind Manulife’s latest brand campaign, “Are You Ready?” and how this reflects the need to connect with customers on their own terms. 

Kristin Julbert, Director, Client Experience & Business Process, BBVA Compass

We caught up with Kristin Julbert who offered her insights on what makes a successful metric strategy. She tells us how her team use the data available to them to identify what actions are necessary to improve the customer experience, and then follows through to ensure these actions are happening. Listen to the interview to discover how data can be used to improve the quality of customer interactions. 

Maura Hunter, SVP Customer Experience, Fidelity

Maura Hunter takes us through her key elements for success in a customer experience strategy, and how to integrate customer experience into the DNA of your organization. She tells us the importance of getting employees onboard with your customer experience strategy, and how to connect with the customer on their own terms. 

Richard Newsom, VP Retail Customer Experience, Fifth Third Bank

Richard shares his views on what organizations should be focusing on to ensure that they become as customer centric as possible. With so many different touchpoints, Richard also shares how 53 are driving meaningful insights from its customers.

Henry Edinger, Chief Customer Officer, Travelers

Most companies struggle to achieve their customer experience goals due to other projects that may potentially be perceived as ‘higher priority’. It’s imperative to empower employees across all departments, whether customer-facing or not, to deliver products and services designed for the customer of today and the customer of tomorrow. Henry Edinger, Chief Customer Officer, Travelers, opened the Exchange to give his account of the importance of prioritizing CX from the top down. Hendry defined what he felt were the three key elements of a successful strategy, and combined some practical examples as to how Travelers maintains it’s customers at the heart of it’s brand.

Dexter Johnson, Head of Enterprise Customer Experience, Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance is renowned for it’s excellent customer experience, and Dexter shares some of the approaches the organization takes to engage their employees and ensure the customer is at the heart of every decision made. Dexter also shares the 3 biggest CX challenges he feels needs to be addressed in 2017.

Karen Pascoe, SVP – Experience Design, MasterCard

Karen shares with the Exchange how Design thinking has helped MasterCard deliver a unique experience in a B2B2C environment, together with how it’s influenced innovation in the payment industry. Karen also shares what key disrupters she feels will change the shape of Financial Services in 2017 and beyond.