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DirectID’s James Syron is Using Data for Good

James Syron joined the financial services industry after seeing the gaps in traditional credit assessment firsthand.

As DirectID’s Partner Manager, James is committed to preventing others from making the harmful credit decisions he did in his youth. And that’s why he’s so passionate about open banking and its impact on financial education and inclusion.

He sat down with North America host Kathy Stares to dive into the brave new world of open banking – what it means for consumers, SMEs, and lenders themselves. How has the use of alternative data grown in recent years? Who’s willing to share it? What impact does it have on risk assessment? We’ll answer these questions and more on today’s episode of The Disruptor Sessions.

James Syron is a seasoned credit risk professional. He has led product functions for both Experian and Transunion. During his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in the creation and application of data solutions and was an early pioneer in using bank transaction data to improve the efficacy of credit risk decisions across the credit life.

James is not only recognized for his professional accomplishments but also for his dedication to fostering collaboration within the industry. His thought leadership and participation in industry events and conferences have made him a respected voice in the credit risk community.

His contributions have helped shape how credit risk data is utilized, and his dedication to driving positive change continues to shape the credit and financial landscape.

Kathy Stares is the Executive Vice President of North America at Provenir, a global leader in AI-powered risk decisioning software. As a member of Provenir’s executive team, she is introducing creative account management approaches to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy.

Kathy brings more than 20 years of experience in fintech and has a deep knowledge and curiosity about risk decisioning innovation. She’s passionate about helping organizations leverage data and technology to build world-class experiences for their customers.

Prior to joining Provenir, Kathy was Chief Customer Officer at enStream, Canada’s provider of mobile verification services. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and attained the Women of Influence certificate. Kathy also volunteers for the Menttium organization.

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