Travelex’s Chief Digital Officer Sean Cornwell to Explore Digital Transformation at CDO Summit Amsterdam

Sean Cornwell, Travelex, Chief Digital Officer Summit, London 2015

Sean Cornwell, Chief Digital Officer at Travelex gives a keynote at the 2015 U.K. CDO Summit

Arguably one of the most important topics discussed during the CDO Summit is digital transformation and the role of the Chief Digital Officer.

That’s why Sean Cornwell, Chief Digital Officer at Travelex, caused quite a stir with his keynote “Insights and Learning from Travelex’s Transformation” at the 2nd annual U.K. CDO Summit on 7 October 2015.

Travelex, the world’s largest foreign exchange bureau, hired Cornwell as their first-ever Chief Digital Officer in February 2014.

In his keynote, Cornwell described the transformation process from beginning to end, giving an unprecedented look at the both the challenges and solutions every CDO should be aware of.

After all, at the time he took the helm as CDO, Travelex was the archetypical legacy organization. Yet today they are involved in some of the most innovative initiatives in the currency exchange industry.

Now digital leaders and organizations in Europe will have the unique opportunity to see Cornwell repeat his keynote at the upcoming CDO Summit Amsterdam on November 4th, 2015 at the Conservatorium Hotel.

Sean Cornwell, Chief Digital Officer Summit, Travelex, London 2015

Sean Cornwell: Chief Digital Officer at Travelex

Overseeing a team of 150 people spanning products and marketing, offline and online, and overseeing three separate profit centres (P&Ls), Cornwell has spearheaded important initiatives in the company’s e-commerce, cards, and money transfer businesses.

Only a month after Cornwell took up the CDO title, Travelex announced plans to launch a Visa branded Supercard.

Combined with an innovative mobile app where users link their debit and credit cards to their Supercard, the card allows travelers to spend money abroad without losing cash to usage fees or foreign exchange (FX) charges.

Available both on iOS and Android, the app offers users innovative features such as the ability to see their transactions and savings in real time, as well as to immediately block the Supercard if it’s stolen.

A U.K. pilot was launched in May and the App was downloaded 100,000 times in just 48 hours.

Next, they began development on a Travelex Money App to reinvent the FX experience, as well as their own international money transfer platform.

Truly, digital innovation has made the leap from Napster to financial markets thanks to ambitious Chief Digital Officers like Cornwell.

Prior to joining Travelex, Cornwell was COO at Shutl, the same-day delivery business which was acquired by eBay in November 2013.

He was previously Managing Director for online dating company e-Harmony’s international markets, eHarmony’s mobile business and oversaw the company’s investment in European online dating site eDarling.

Before e-Harmony, he spent three years with Google as Group Product Marketing Manager EMEA where he led product marketing for monetization products across Europe.

Cornwell is currently a Venture Partner at MMC Ventures and acts as a non-exec and advisor to various start-ups.

He graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Political Sciences and has an MBA from INSEAD.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Sean and his incredibly talented colleagues speak: reserve your seat now.

View the video of Seans entire keynote in London below:


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