Robert K. Sears, Ph.D., EVP, Global Head of Product, BBVA New Digital Businesses
Robert Sears is an experienced high tech executive, entrepreneur and innovator. Since 2008, he has focused on financial services, founding and running a unique consumer payment card company, Red Giant. There, he pioneered services giving consumers direct real time control over their own payment cards, making it safe for parents to give cards to their children and providing entire families with intuitive mobile tools to manage their daily spending. Prior to Red Giant, Robert was Chief Architect of Multimedia Experiences at Nokia, where he spearheaded the design and creation of mobile services supporting consumers using Nokia handsets. He introduced Design Thinking into Nokia’s product creation approach, drove the development of advanced mobile software architectures and pioneered the creation of global mobile service infrastructures.
Robert is an experienced director and advisor currently workin g with the d.school and the AFTLab at Stanford University, the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a number of startups in Silicon Valley.
He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan and lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and daughter, the family dog and two horses.