Bankers Whose Captivating Tweets Kept FinTech Supercharged

In this article, LTP covers bank professionals (including venture arm of banks) who are social influencers in the FinTech space. These banking influencers have given FinTech a new path with their innovative ideas and thoughts.

Oliver Bussmann:

Oliver Bussmann is Group CIO at UBS. He is a global IT executive with 20+ years of influential leadership with UBS, SAP, Allianz, Deutsche Bank & IBM. Known for definitive business strategy, IT excellence and large-scale reinvention, he has been the driving force behind major business process transformations that have delivered cost reductions, efficiency gains, agility and competitive advantage to leading global corporations.

Twitter handle: @obussmann

Bradley Leimer

Bradley Leimer is a thought leader and practitioner in the digital banking space. As Head of Innovation at Santander Bank, NA, his team serves as an observatory for the Santander global organization for trends originating in the US that have the potential to expand and accelerate globally. He brings additional perspective leading marketing and technology efforts from within the bank and credit union industry and from a decade driving database marketing and analytic programs for more than 6,500 financial services clients. Bradley writes and speaks about banking and technology trends, and advises several startups and key industry conferences in the financial and payments space.

Twitter handle: @leimer

Rob Findlay

Rob Findlay is SVP of Experience Design at the Singapore-based DBS Bank and the founder of Next Bank, an independent, open and collaborative community driving change for the better in financial services through design, innovation and entrepreneurship. Rob is also a mentor for the Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator and a regular contributor to the Next Bank blog.

Twitter handle: @robfindlay

Michal Panowicz

Michal Panowicz is probably best known for the innovation he was a part of during his time at mBank in Poland. As the SVP & Deputy Head of Digital Banking at Nordea, Panowicz is a very highly sought after speaker on digital integration in the delivery process. His industry experience focuses on financial services and technology, combined with his functional expertise in operations & sales, strategy and finance management make him one of the true practitioners of digital banking.

Twitter handle: @MichalPanowicz

Mariano Belinky:

Since December 2014, Mariano has been managing Santander InnoVentures, Santander Group's global venture capital fund, focused in early-stage financial technology investments. Mariano joined Santander InnoVentures from McKinsey & Co., where he was an Associate Principal in the Corporate and Investment Banking and Global Risk Management practices, based in New York. Here, he spent six years advising global banks, asset managers and private equity firms across North America, Europe and Latin America on multiple strategic topics.

Twitter handle: @belimad

Jayshree Naidoo:

Jayshree Naidoo is part of the Innovation Capability Team at Standard Bank. She is the Head of the Standard Bank Incubator. Her previous leadership roles included the Head of Strategy Management and Innovation at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, as well as positions at Discovery, ABSA and Internet Solutions. She is also a professional speaker and has presented at several public and company conferences including the Innovation Summit and the Innovation Festival and has been featured in several magazines including CEO Magazine, SA Innovator, Destiny and has been published in the Innovation Journal.

Twitter handle: @jayshnaidoo

Gene Murphy:

He helped organize @dublinbeta @drinkaboutdub @swdub and @startupnextirl. He is the Co-founder of @startupireland and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Bank Of Ireland.

Twitter handle: @genemurphy

Huy Nguyen Trieu:

Recognized as one of the "10 Influencers in London FinTech You Need to Know" by Board Studios, he is an expert in finance, tech and startups as well as the author of Disruptive Finance ( Mr. Huy Nguyen Trieu is also the Managing Director at Citi and is a part of the FinTech Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum. He is on the advisory boards of FinTech HK, Trusting Social and FinTech Connect. He is also a FinTech Resident Expert at Oxford University.

Twitter handle: @Huynguyentrieu

Simon Taylor:

Simon Taylor is the VP of Entrepreneurial Partnerships at Barclays. The topics he is reading, writing about and loving at the moment:

1) Cryptocurrencies, the blockchain and all things Ripple, Stellar and bitcoin

2) Banks and API platforms: why and how to execute.

3) R+D as a service. Buying innovation and Challenger Brands

4) Identity as a service—because self-sovereignty of identity is everything

Twitter handle: @sytaylor

Bob Annibale:

As Global Director of Citi Community Development (CCD), Bob Annibale manages Citi's partnerships with global, national and local organizations to support community development.

Bob also directs Citi Inclusive Finance, which is globally responsible for Citi's commercial relationships with microfinance institutions, networks and investors working across businesses and geographies to expand access to financial services in underserved communities.

Twitter handle: @BobAnnibaleCiti

Frank Sorrentino III

Frank Sorrentino III is Chairman & CEO of ConnectOne Bank (NASDAQ: CNOB), a leading community bank in the NJ/NY metro area. Mr. Sorrentino is a frequent commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, and Fox Business News discussing community banking issues, and his views have been published in prominent business publications including The Wall Street Journal and American Banker, along with being a contributor for In 2013, Mr. Sorrentino was elected to the board of directors of the American Bankers Association.

Twitter handle: @FrankSIII

Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall is President and CEO of Arbor Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Ann Arbor, a locally owned and operated full-service community bank with seven locations in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. Active in his community, Tim is a board director and chair-elect for the Michigan Bankers Association, the Washtenaw County Shelter Association as well as a board member for the Affordable Housing Partners, Inc., Great Lakes Capital Fund Nonprofit Housing Corporation, an affiliate of the Great Lakes Capital Fund for Housing and the Ann Arbor EDC. Tim was appointed in 2011 to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Community Depository Institution Advisory Council (CDIAC) and promoted to its Chair in 2012.

Twitter handle: @MarshallTim

Thomas X. Geisel:

Mr. Thomas X. Geisel leads Sterling Bancorp’s Specialty Finance Division and is a member of the bank's Executive and Senior Credit Committees. Specialty Finance includes the national market businesses of Healthcare Finance, Asset-Based Lending, Factoring & Trade Finance, Payroll Finance, Equipment Finance, a New York City-based commercial banking unit and Capital Markets Syndication.

Twitter handle: @TomGeisel

Jim Stewart:

Jim Stewart is the Chief Technology Officer of United Community Banks, Inc. Twitter handle: @UCBI_CISO

Some of the community bank influencers on Twitter according to ICBA and SHAZAM:

Jill Castilla:

Citizens Bank of Edmond Edmond, OK Twitter handle: @JillCastilla

Matthew Altruda:

Bank of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Twitter handle: @TreeTownSound

Lars Bredahl

First Bank Southern Pines, NC Twitter handle: @LarsBredahl

Craig Wells:

Happy State Bank Lubbock, TX Twitter handle: @CraigWells00

John DeLucia

Citizens State Bank of New Castle New Castle, IN Twitter handle: @JohnPDeLucia

Ryann Thornton

Bear State Bank of Arkansas Hot Springs, AR Twitter handle: @RyannThornton

Keith Costello

Broward Bank of Commerce Fort Lauderdale, FL Twitter handle: @browardbanker

Christopher McGill

East River Bank Philadelphia, PA Twitter handle: @Christopher_ERB

Noah Wilcox

Grand Rapids State Bank Grand Rapids, MN Twitter handle: @NWWilcox

Chuck Thompson

Republic Bank and Trust Norman, OK Twitter handle: @CRTChuck

Jeremy M. Price

American Trust Bank of East Tennessee Knoxville, TN Twitter handle: @jeremy_m_price

Andy Ravens

Eastern Bank Boston, MA Twitter handle: @andyravens

Gary C. Kern

Mutual Bank Muncie, IN Twitter handle: @GaryCKern

Chase Batt

Mutual Bank Muncie, IN Twitter handle: @chase556

Archie McDonnell:

Citizens National Bank Meridian, MS Twitter handle: @archiemcdonnell

Cheryl Tanenbaum

Intracoastal Bank Palm Coast, FL Twitter handle: @Ctanenbaum