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#31 - Sustainable Digital Innovation at BNY Mellon - Johnny Wijaya

“Your digital agenda is your business agenda. You got to be very deliberate and intentional about your transformation journey. You do it because it’s the right thing to do, and you got to figure out what is that right thing for your organization."

Johnny Wijaya is the Head of Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon APAC Innovation Center. In this episode, we learn from Johnny the sustainable innovation story at BNY Mellon, being an internationally renowned financial institution for over 237 years. Being at the forefront of innovation within the bank, Johnny shared the latest BNY Mellon digital innovation journey and the challenges that the bank had to overcome to rewire the legacy mindset and culture within. Johnny elaborated further what it means to be digital at BNY Mellon, its innovation playbook, and his advice on digital transformation. He also shared his personal transformation journey that he had to go through to put the innovation mindset at his core, which plays a critical part in his successful innovation leadership.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:04:45]
  • BNY Story of Innovation - [00:13:08]
  • Challenges to Innovation - [00:16:30]
  • Dealing with Legacy Mindset and Culture - [00:21:47]
  • Advice on Digital Transformation - [00:23:57]
  • What It Means to be Digital - [00:26:39]
  • Innovation Playbook - [00:28:46]
  • Importance of Integrating with Ecosystem - [00:32:46]
  • Transforming Personally - [00:36:54]
  • COVID Innovation Acceleration - [00:38:10]
  • BNY Innovations - [00:40:14]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:43:05]


Johnny Wijaya’s Bio
Johnny Wijaya has over 18 years of experience in business and digital transformation from developing digital innovation strategy, to driving strategic initiatives and blueprint execution. He is currently the Director and Head of BNY Mellon APAC Innovation Center. Being a 237-year-old internationally renowned financial institution, BNY Mellon plays a critical role in providing infrastructure to global markets. Over his 7+ years at the company, Johnny has expanded and strengthened digital capabilities to execute business priorities in APAC. In the last 2 years, he has led the APAC Innovation Center located in Singapore. In addition, he also sits in the BNYM’s Enterprise Innovation Leadership team. This team focuses on driving rapid execution of ideas and concepts while creating an environment that accelerates and promotes product and service innovation.

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