Neal Cross Recognised as World Class «Disruptor»

Steve Wozniak and Neal Cross

Steve Wozniak (left) and Neal Cross

The Chief Innovation Officer at Singapore's DBS Bank has edged out competition across Europe and Asia to take the title of the «Most Disruptive» Chief Innovation Officer.

A panel which consisted of prominent business innovators including Apple co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Virgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson, has judged DBS’ Chief Innovation Officer, Neal Cross, as the most disruptive Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)/ Chief Technology Officer (CTO) globally.

In a recent Talent Unleashed competition, which recognises exceptional individuals and organisations who are unleashing technology in the workplace and community, Cross edged out competitors from across UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand to be recognised as the most disruptive CIO.

The judging panel was impressed with Cross’ authenticity in catalysing innovation, enabling it to permeate the organisation, as well as his down-to-earth and practical approach in helping to roll out innovation across the bank.

Re-imagining Banking

Led by DBS CEO Piyush Gupta and his senior leadership team, together with Cross and DBS employees from virtually every part of the organisation, the bank has made re-imagining banking a significant part of its agenda. 

«At DBS, we have spent the last three years intently pursuing a digital agenda. At the heart of this is our belief that with the rapid changes upon our industry, we need to transform the bank, and to turn it into a 22,000-person fintech,» said Gupta.

In recent years, DBS has undertaken an extensive innovation programme that includes the introduction of lean start-up thinking and human-centred design methodologies.


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