Menekse Gencer

SVP, Digital Transformation @ Wells Fargo

Menekse Gencer is an adventurer who does not fear taking risks on life. If she doesn’t know the path, she will figure it out and get the job done. She is a single mother by choice, a dive master, an entrepreneur, a musician, a former high tech executive, and a global traveler.   The unconventional paths she has chosen personally and professionally have afforded her the opportunity to connect people and ideas from different industries, different cultures, and with different perspectives. These connections and experiences have given her life experiences from which to self-reflect and learn as a leader.

She now leads Digital Transformation for Business Banking at Wells Fargo where she is responsible for setting and planning digital transformation to create compelling experiences for Wells Fargo business customers, increase efficiency and speed to market, and improve regulatory controls.  Previously, she served as the head of Digital Growth for Consumer Banking where she created and led a team responsible for accelerating digital acquisition, onboarding, and engagement in consumer and small business customers across 10 lines of business.

She has 25 years of strategy through execution experience, helping organizations leverage innovation to improve customers’ lives.  Previously, she led mobile business development efforts in North America at PayPal, launching mobile payments for merchants.  She subsequently ran her own business, working as an advisor to banks, central banks, and large non-governmental institutions to develop go-to-market plans leveraging mobile infrastructure, blockchain, and other innovations to increase access to payments and other financial services worldwide.  She draws from her experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and leader within large technology and finance organizations undergoing transformation to provide unique perspectives around the intersection of technology and finance.  Her reports have been published by The World Economic Forum and MIT Innovation Journal.  In 2016, she was honored as one of 31 women globally who has strengthened the connection between Finance and Technology by Silicon Republic.

She has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.