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Risë Zaiser

Risë Zaiser

Chief Data Officer, SMBC

Executive thought leader with 26 years of experience in data- and IT-enabled business. I have helped banking and financial services organizations handle data in alignment with ever-changing regulatory requirements, solidify their position in the global marketplace, and operate in fast-paced environments where missing an opportunity means losing vast sums of money as well as credibility.

Promoted into the newly created role of US Chief Data Officer, I am driving SMBC’s centralization data function in the US to move beyond risk and compliance and actively focus on data capabilities for business growth. I define and execute data and analytics strategies for all US offices, including policies and procedures, companywide training, communications plans, GDPR, end-user computing, data storage, data quality, and stewardship programs. My efforts affect 2K internal end users and a significant portfolio of commercial banking customers across 6 subsidiaries, as I set the course for democratizing data and enabling better and faster decision making throughout the organization.