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Aggie headed to Madrid

January  2016

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Derek White

At the Huntsman School of Business, we challenge our students, past and present, to Dare Mighty Things. One Utah State alumnus has truly taken this to heart during his professional career. Derek White graduated from Utah State University in 1996, and for the past 20 years, his career has been a showcase for entrepreneurial spirit, with stops at the Wharton School, JP Morgan, Barclays Bank in London, where he was the Chief Design and Digital Officer, and beginning March, 2016, with BBVA, the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico.

At Barclays, White added his entrepreneurial touch to one of the world’s top financial companies. In 2012, he was a key player in designing, launching and now running the very successful Barclays app, Pingit. The app allows users to bypass the customary routing for electronic payment and pay money straight into another account. In just seven short months, White was able to see his idea come to life and revolutionize money transfers between friends, family, and businesses.

This experience led to BBVA bringing White aboard as its global head of customer solutions. According to a press release from BBVA, White’s role will encompass “the transformation of the customer value proposition, including global product and design, customer experience, launching new products and services and leveraging big data and customer analytics.” White will be based in Madrid and will report to Carlos Torres Vila, president & COO of BBVA.

One of the four main pillars within the Huntsman School of Business is Entrepreneurial Spirit. Derek White exemplifies that in every aspect of his professional life.