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Mark Bolton

Mark Bolton

Tampa, FL, United States
Member since November 16, 2018
Mark is a Certified Scrum Master and Prince2 project manager with large-scale global delivery experience in financial services, IT, and business transformation. He builds, leads, and delivers programs with up to 250 staff and $50 million in spend. Mark has substantial BPO leadership building remote teams that support business and IT.
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Project Highlights
Expertise
  • Agile Project Management
  • Anti-money Laundering (AML)
  • Banking & Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Waterfall Development
Education
Select Certifications
Employment
  • Managing Director
    2015 - PRESENT
    Transform Consulting
    • Led the successful delivery of multiple projects (see 'Projects') for clients in the US and Europe.
    • Managed quality assurance on projects delivered in Canada, US, Mexico, UK, and France.
    • Led business development and account management.
  • Director of Global Change
    2010 - 2015
    HSBC Bank
    • Led Americas implementation (7 countries) of a global AML ToM design. Co-designed the AML ToM.
    • Led the Mexico AML ToM design and implementation. Ran the RFP process selecting PWC as the preferred local delivery vendor.
    • Mobilized and led the global EMIR program across the front, middle and back office teams to provide clearing, reporting and margining for OTC derivatives.
    • Mobilized and led the Financial Transaction Tax programs in France, Italy and Spain to record collect and remit to various European financial market regulators.
    • Mobilized and led the global program to increase Payments & Cash Management product salesforce effectiveness to small business in 35 countries by automating multiple sales processes and increasing client face time by 35%.
    • Analyzed global spot FX flows and market share to identify an additional $1Bn of global revenues. This resulted in a new Wealth product offering to HNW clients and the 'girl on the lemonade stand' global TV advertising campaign for HSBC.
  • Project Manager
    2009 - 2010
    Freelance Project Manager
    • Led multiple developments of a global fixed income trading platform (Matrix) managing two scrum masters.
    • Led and drove delivery of a new fixed income product launched into a highly competitive recession market. Led global expansion to Canada.
  • Performer
    2003 - 2009
    Freelance Entertainment Professional
    • Performed on camera. Resume available at IMDB on request.
  • Project Manager
    1998 - 2002
    Accenture
    • Project managed for Credit Suisse multiple projects in IT infrastructure delivery including trading floor refits and data center move.
    • Project managed for Barclays Capital multiple projects including the divestment of their global fixed income businesses to Credit Suisse. Led multiple IT work-streams.
  • Project Manager
    1994 - 1998
    Freelance Project Manager
    • Led Barclays Capital Equities business relocation project from the City to Canary Wharf moving 650 front-office desks along with 55 associated systems.
    • Led a project at UBS to catalog the entire applications suite to enable simplification and re-alignment of resources.
    • Led a project at Goldman Sachs Equities to build project management tracking and time capture infrastructure.
  • Project Manager
    1990 - 1994
    Citibank
    • Analysed and designed a major process reengineering effort in Treasury following the 1991 Salomon Brothers US Treasury Auction crisis.
Project History
  • Project Manager - Citibank Custody Services
    Multiple delivery successes in: BPO Technology Target Operating Model Design

    Led a team in Global Custody business saving Citi $1.2M in FTE spend and recovering $6M in client fees. I built hybrid on-shore/off-shore BPO teams in Custody and Prime services managing the entire transition to BPO including in my team:
     Supporting stakeholders throughout the entire BPO transition including redesign and deployment of the changed business model (processes, organization and systems footprint)
     Location strategy development
     Business process analysis and documentation at L1 to L5
     ISO standard procedures documentation down to key-stroke level
     World-class training of off-shore resources via video and screen share
     Support model and coverage hours for IT and business functions (including escalation and workflow)
     MIS – MTPs, effort, cost/benefit, business cases
     RPA – Automation Anywhere, BluePrism, proprietary tools
    I closed and planned a second phase to deliver a transformation program, hired and engaged the resources and mobilized the project to dramatically increase automation (RPA), save 10 FTE, improve client service levels and improve senior management reporting. CAPs and high priority projects were developed into an integrated delivery program ensuring regulatory compliance.

  • Project Manager - HSBC UK Ring-Fencing for Trade Finance Business
    Led highly successful global IT and business team and turned around a failing PMO.

    Led a $15M initiative to split the UK operations into three entities (ring-fenced, non-ring-fenced and underlying service company) to ensure compliance with the UK's ‘too-big-to-fail' legislation - similar to implementing Glass-Steagal. I led 50 resources in Canada, Europe, and Asia to deliver three major work-streams. Zero tolerance for late delivery meant a strict focus on ‘do-ability' risks. I was responsible for the entire multi-billion dollar Global Trade Finance business transition to the non-ring-fenced bank using a logical separation approach in the systems landscape from client-facing (including web portals) all the way back to core banking, finance and risk management systems. While in the role I also took on the management and rebuilding of the PMO which had been operating in severe crisis mode with attrition and morale problems. Through daily meetings and team rebuilding exercise, I turned around the team to a performance grade from an ‘F’ to a ‘B’.

  • Project Manager - HSBC Global AML
    Global ToM design Americas regional leadership

    Developed AML Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Target Operating Model (policy, process, organization, technology) for Global, Commercial, Retail and Private banking to detect and deter Money-Laundering (crime, terrorism), Sanctions Evasion (OFAC) and Tax Evasion (FATCA and CRS) within the wider Compliance framework. Deployed a Global Standards AML CDD Target Operating Model into Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay with 150+ staff, $100M budget over 3 years (Global Standards Program).

  • Project Manager - HSBC EMIR Global Project
    On time on schedule delivery of a complex regulatory project.

    Delivered the bank's response to EMIR and directed the design team to deliver a viable response that met regulatory timelines Created the global EMIR program in 3 months with 150 staff in 4 global locations structured across 6 core work-streams.

  • Digital Project Manager - Morgan Stanley FX Platform
    Digital platform built and enhanced agile approach.

    Delivered a number of critical enhancements and new business services across three critical streams of activity on the award-winning Matrix ecommerce platform. Technologies include Adobe Flex and Java with all code and testing being developed in an agile scrum environment of rapid two-weekly code/test/deploy cycles.

  • Project Manager - ABN-Amro Fixed Income Platform
    Delivery of a fixed income platform.

    Working through IBM Consulting, Mark co-led the functional testing program of a major fixed income trading system. Products included vanilla European government bonds, gilts, and European corporate bonds. Role included business analysis with traders and trade support to develop test scripts including tests and expected results. Regular status reporting to the overall implementation program manager and the project steering committee detailing test results, fails, retests and bug fix progress.

  • Project Manager - Wells Fargo Balance Sheet Management
    Delivery of CCAR.

    Led the counter-party credit risk program delivering a re-engineered CCAR regulatory reporting process for Wholesale Banking and improved stress-testing scenarios. Starting with a team of 4 on a short high-level business analysis engagement I closed on a team of 12 for a further 6-month engagement to mobilize the program, complete business analysis, tactical and strategic design and ensure robust governance. The program re-engineered and re-tooled both business and supporting technology to enable daily STP of CCAR Federal Reserve 14 A/Q reporting using the latest (currently Advanced CVA) risk models in both front-office and throughout Risk. Extensive exposure to OCC and Fed delivered MRAs and coordination of responses across credit risk.

Education
  • Diploma in Securities and Derivatives
    2011 - 2012
    Chartered Institute of Securities - London, England
  • Certificate in Finance
    2007 - 2008
    University of California - Los Angeles, California
  • Master's degree in Drama
    2002 - 2003
    Academy of Live & Recorded Arts - London, England
  • Diploma in Entrepreneurship
    1998 - 1998
    INSEAD - Paris, France
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration
    1987 - 1990
    City University - London, England
Certifications
  • Certified Scrum Master
    JANUARY 2019 - JANUARY 2021
    Scrum Alliance
  • CAMS
    JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT
    ACAMS
  • Advanced Social Media Strategy Certification
    JANUARY 2015 - PRESENT
    Hootsuite University
  • Investment Advisor
    JANUARY 2012 - PRESENT
    Chartered Institute of Securities
  • Prince2
    JANUARY 1999 - PRESENT
    CCTA
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