David Horton

Managing Director - Middle East, Dubai, UAE
/ / What I do at Synechron

Everything related to innovation

As the Head of Innovation at Synechron, I advise large financial institutions in how to adapt their products and business operating models to compete in an ever-changing banking industry full of digital disruption. I do this with the help of my team, of course, but also with insights into the latest Fintech trends and disruptive technologies in the retail, corporate and investment banking industries. Additionally, I’m able to help drive digital marketing and technology efforts thanks to years of working in the banking, consulting and technology industries. You can often find me offering these insights up to the media and delivering keynote speeches about the digitization and disruption of banking.


David advises large financial institutions on adapting their products and business-operating models.

/ / Why I joined Synechron

To become an 'Intrapreneur'

Synechron is perfectly poised to deliver what’s next to its impressive client base and it offered me the opportunity to play a critical role in evolving the business to effectively help make banking better. With a growing pool of talented innovators and creative technologists by my side, the role has been a good fit for the ‘Intrapreneur’ in me and allows me to take a leadership position in growing the business globally.

/ / My skills, qualifications and experience

Computer Science and several IT certifications

As an ex-pat child, I was lucky to have a multicultural education in South Africa, Bahrain and the UK. Following in my father’s footsteps, I studied Computer Science at a university in Nottingham where I continually strived to achieve as many IT certifications as I could. I’ve been fortunate to learn from some of the best minds in the industry thanks to working for companies like Accenture, Lloyds Insurance, Reuters, Investcorp and Mashreq Bank. I attribute my experience to a handful of great mentors who have guided me in my career development.

/ / My personal interests

Family time

My life revolves around my wife and my four sons. My second passion is reinventing and improving banking. I also like playing tennis, snooker, watching films and supporting one of the finest football team in the world-Arsenal.

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