5 questions with … Wells Fargo’s Treasury Head John Hunter


Wells Fargo Head of International Treasury Administration Funds and Transaction Companies John Hunter is concentrated on simplifying the financial institution’s experiences with cloud, AI and machine studying.

Headshot of John Hunter, Wells Fargo
John Hunter, head of world treasury administration funds and transaction providers, Wells Fargo

The San Francisco-based financial institution invested $9.4 billion in expertise in Q1, launched Wells Fargo Vantage digital banking platform and continues to look to AI for alternatives inside the financial institution.

Hunter mentioned the $1.8 trillion Wells Fargo’s latest efforts on its funds technique, digital banking platform resolution and use of AI and ML inside its platforms. What follows in an edited model of the dialog:

Financial institution Automation Information: What expertise has Wells Fargo been engaged on within the treasury administration area?

John Hunter: We’re pondering so much about creating new options that simplify overcomplicated banking experiences whereas leaning into rising applied sciences similar to cloud, synthetic intelligence and machine learnings to modernize our funds platforms. We wish to assist purchasers make funds less complicated, sooner and simpler. One in every of my priorities has all the time been to assist purchasers remodel at their velocity — it’s nice that we are able to present a banking platform with the identical objectives.

It has additionally been thrilling to see our purchasers start to make use of Wells Fargo’s Vantage platform, a digital banking platform for our wholesale purchasers that aggregates all their banking wants — even past Treasury — into one resolution. The system’s AI will be capable of present suggestions tailor-made to every shopper’s particular wants whereas the ML regularly learns how one can greatest present personalised experiences that assist purchasers develop their companies.

BAN: How have you ever labored to carry collectively Wells Fargo’s Treasury Administration and International Cost Options product groups? What has that entailed?

JH: It begins on the high with the pinnacle of International Treasury Administration for Wells Fargo, Paul Camp. Paul introduced me in to steer cost merchandise comparatively quickly after he began at Wells Fargo, within the fall of 2021. He was bringing collectively the legacy treasury group and the International Cost Options (GPS) enterprise that was a separate line of enterprise, centered on offering cost and liquidity providers to monetary establishments.

What we now have executed with the GPS enterprise is identical as what we now have carried out in areas like industrial actual property, healthcare and expertise. It begins through the use of conventional product administration disciplines that maximize returns and effectivity. And, particularly, you want individuals who have a deep understanding of the enterprise segments they’re supporting and may work with companions throughout the agency to develop the cost options that our purchasers must develop and remodel their companies.

BAN: What improvements within the treasury administration area, or funds area, are you enthusiastic about?

JH: Expertise strikes extraordinarily quick, and, even from the within of the funds world, we are able to’t all the time predict the place issues are headed. For instance, see how briskly AI has develop into a part of the dialog throughout industries. We want to have the ability to help our purchasers by offering holistic options that won’t solely help them the place they’re at this time, however the place they wish to be going ahead.

I discussed how we’re utilizing AI and ML in our digital banking platform to create personalised banking experiences. We additionally assume that automation will go a good distance in fixing challenges that we now have within the funds enterprise. The system has an excessive amount of friction from completely different cost sorts and completely different channels, which creates handbook work to reconcile funds. ML and AI can be utilized to handle these points and assist produce important operational value financial savings for our purchasers.

Wanting farther into the longer term, I’m enthusiastic about open banking and occasion invisible banking. I see a future the place banking will probably be behind the scenes, embedded in on a regular basis actions. Even telephones as cost conduits might develop into out of date as rising expertise permits seamless, automated funds — what you would possibly name an invisible expertise.

BAN: What are your plans for the treasury administration cost product crew for the remainder of 2023?

JH: We have now so much occurring! We’re concerned in a few promising POCs. One is round on-us providers. These are funds the place we’re the financial institution on either side of the transaction. The POC helps us learn to higher leverage our scale round 24/7 settlements. We are also engaged on a distributed ledger (DLT) pilot, exploring how one can simplify settlements and scale back danger.

ISO 20022 [an open global standard for sending digital payment messages and data between financial institutions] can be a spotlight for the remainder of the 12 months. We’re all the time attempting to unlock worth for purchasers. And I believe the best way we use information generally is a actual differentiator. There’s a enormous alternative to unlock the potential of the wealthy information that will probably be exchanged with the trade transition to ISO 20022. It may be a foundational information layer that enhances new merchandise and supplies new shopper insights.

Lastly, we’re engaged on a brand new funds engine for our core merchandise that can be capable of present particular, value-added providers to purchasers in a broad vary of market segments. It’s thrilling work that we hope pays enormous dividends for our purchasers going ahead.

BAN: What’s the greatest management recommendation you’ve acquired?

JH: I used to be as soon as advised, as a pacesetter, it’s best to all the time give your crew credit score for the successes however take the blame for the errors. It’s vital to rejoice the wins and provides recognition to the crew that helped you get there, whereas additionally offering cowl and understanding that “the buck stops right here” when issues go unsuitable.

I attempt to all the time do not forget that as a pacesetter. Nobody can do it alone, however, in the end, it’s my accountability to make sure issues go properly. I believe this instills belief along with your crew and helps them really feel supported to do their greatest.


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