Stewart Watterson

Stewart Watterson

Strategic Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Agile Transformation, Bank and Payments Fraud, Card Issuance, Card Products (Credit, Debit, and Prepaid), Consumer Payments, Credit Products (Home, Student, Personal, and Auto Loans), Customer Onboarding, Digital Wallets, Financial Inclusion, Internet of Things, Lending and Related Technologies, Loan Processing, Mobile Banking, Online Banking, Open Banking, Person-to-Person (P2P) Payments, Real-Time Payments, Risk Management, Small-Business Banking, Small-Business Lending, Underwriting

Stewart Watterson is a Strategic Advisor in Aite-Novarica Group’s Retail Banking & Payments practice. He brings a broad range of experience from 30 years of consumer banking with Chase, NationalCity, and PNC, serving as SVP, Mobile Wallet & Emerging Payments.

His focus includes consumer lending within all asset classes, small-and-midsize-business unsecured lending, digital banking, credit card, and the intersection of fintech and legacy banking. After 20 years of supporting and managing product P&Ls, Stewart transitioned into digital banking technology. During this time, he managed the first of the top five banks’ EMV migrations, the first wave of mobile wallet integrations, and leading-edge mobile banking feature development. Stewart has become a trusted voice within the payments and digital banking industry through his involvement in the U.S. Payments Forum and industry conferences.

Most recently, Stewart has been providing independent consulting services to fintech companies, expanding into credit products and financial institutions on their digital transformation journeys. He has successfully brought a practitioner’s perspective to these engagements, providing practical and applicable strategies and advice.

Stewart is based in Cleveland, holds a B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has graduated from the VISA BankCard Management School.

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