Citi’s Head of Innovation Gives Advice to People Looking to Enter Fintech

Vanessa Colella is the head of innovation at Citi but she does not have a banking background; when she became Chief Marketing Officer at Citi in 2010 it was her first role within a bank; previously she was a junior high science teacher and AIDS educator before joining consulting firm McKinsey in their tech and media practice; she expects unorthodox career paths like hers will become more common going forward; Colella says, “In today’s career, it’s unlikely that people are going to have a linear progression…It’s far more likely that they’re going to do lots of different things, and what they’re going to rely on is the skills that they’ve built, the perspective that they’ve built, and what they’re passionate about.” Source.

  • Peter Renton

    Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s largest digital media company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.