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Christopher N. Curtin is the Chief Marketing Innovation and Brand Officer for Visa (NYSE: V), one of the world’s largest multinational financial services companies. In his current role, Christopher is responsible for many of Visa’s high-profile marketing efforts, including those for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the company’s Super Bowl 50 and NFL sponsorships. His innovative leadership efforts have resulted in increased efficiency and effectiveness that include a 9 percent annual fee savings and 20 percent projected media value upside. He launched the first major redesign in seven years of Visa.com and helped maintain the company’s brand preference despite several new competitors in the market, including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, Tencent and Alipay.
Christopher joined Visa in 2013 as SVP for Global Innovation Marketing and Chief Digital Officer, a role in which he led the development of global marketing strategies that drove the adoption of Visa’s digital payment products and platforms. He managed a cross-functional team that created Visa’s social and digital strategy and led the rollout of new digital products, as well as the largest alternative payment initiative in company history.
In 2008, he joined the Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) where he served as SVP of Marketing, Strategy, Innovation and Operations. While at Hewlett-Packard, Christopher substantially increased revenues and decreased costs by developing and implementing a new HP Marketing operating model.
He began his career in 2000 with The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) where he held a number of senior roles, including VP of Corporate Synergy and Special Projects and Special Advisor to the CEO. As VP of Global Media and Technology, he developed new media marketing plans and strategies for parks in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris, Hong Kong and offshore properties operated by Disney Cruise lines. As GM and VP of the Muppets Holding Company, Christopher designed a five-year strategic plan that included revitalizing the merchandise and home video businesses, expanding the franchise internationally, and rolling out entertainment appearances on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, which generated a 40 percent surplus in operating income and triple-digit revenue growth.
He currently sits on a number of boards including the advisory boards of DataXu, Martini Media, ThinkSpider and Bloomberg Businessweek. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Association of National Advertisers and the Georgetown Technology Alliance as well as on the Board of Governors for DMG World Media. He is the Co-Chair of the Digital Collective and a founding member of the Peer 100 Association of Chief Digital Officers.
A sought-after public speaker, he has given addresses at The Rutberg Wireless Conference and at The New York Times Board of Directors Meeting. He served as keynote speaker for both the Digital Ascendant conference in California and The Millennium Alliance conference in Miami. He has guest lectured at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and at the Harvard Business School. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Denison University in 2015, and was highlighted as a Facebook Influencer in 2016 for discussing marketing innovation.
Christopher holds a B.A. in Political Science from Denison University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Deborah Mersino serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Oregon Community Credit Union, a $1.5B Credit Union with 137,000+ members. She oversees all aspects of marketing and strategic communications, including brand management, digital and traditional marketing, research and development, community relations, marketing analytics, and UX, as well as growth initiatives for the Credit Union. In 2015, OCCU launched a new brand and responsive website. Together in 2014 and 2015, she helped spearhead and execute strategies to grow deposits 19.6%, overall membership 17.8% and millennial memberships by 24.6%.
Ms. Mersino came to OCCU with 17+ years of marketing communications experience that including her role as CMO for an organization dedicated to serving education leaders and influencing public policy regarding the effective use of technology to improve education. Prior to that, she founded a consulting firm devoted to gifted education and marketing, where she launched #gtchat in 2010, a global Twitter chat which is still in existence today. She also previously served as principal of a national marketing agency in Chicago, and her work has been featured in Inc. and IndustryWeek magazines and dozens of trade publications. Ms. Mersino has served as a national keynote speaker on the subjects of gifted education and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Ms. Mersino currently serves as Chair of the Marketing Committee for the United Way of Lane County and also sits on the Strategic Market Task Force for the Northwest Credit Union Association.
Andrei Cherny is the co-founder and CEO of Aspiration, the he first fully democratized financial platform that allows everyone equal access to seamless, inexpensive and socially-conscious banking and investment products.
Andrei has spent nearly twenty years working to make the financial system more open and fair in both the private and public sector. Andrei has served as an advisor to some of America's top companies including Intel, Qualcomm and Bank of America, the co-founder and president of a media start-up, a financial fraud prosecutor, a historian, a White House aide, a Navy reserve officer, and a nationally-recognized economic policy expert.
He launched and grew Democracy Journal to one of the most widely read idea journals in America. There, he helped start the successful fight for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A former Clinton White House aide, he was the youngest White House speechwriter in American history. His 2000 book, The Next Deal, showed how business and government would be transformed by people's demands for more and better choices. He is also the author of the The Candy Bombers.
He graduated from Harvard University and from the University of California Berkeley law school.