Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tayo Ibikunle Appointed to BDPA Foundation

BDPA Education & Technology Foundation (BETF), a tax-exempt non-profit organization that provides financial support for education and technology programs of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), announced the appointment of Tayo Ibikunle, Ph.D as a member of the BETF Board of Directors. Mr. Ibikunle is a seasoned IT executive with decades of years of experience in strategic planning initiatives.

"I am excited to work with Dr. Ibikunle in his new role as a Board member to continue delivering value to BETF stakeholders, students and sponsors,” said Wayne Hicks, BETF executive director. "He comes to us highly recommended by his peers in the industry. Tayo's executive experiences with JPMorgan Chase over the years, as well as his current role as the JPMorgan Chase executive sponsor for BDPA, make him uniquely qualified to assist BETF. BETF is fortunate to have her in this leadership role."

Tayo Ibikunle is a Senior Technology Director in Chase Credit Card Services and is currently the head of Core Processing technology for the business. After leading the successful migration of one of the largest credit card processing systems in the world, Tayo has accountability for end-to-end IT services for the core processing platform going forward, with direct responsibility for Application Delivery. Since 2006, Tayo has been Executive Sponsor of JPMC’s engagement with BDPA.

Tayo Ibikunle has also held several senior IT roles at JPMorgan Chase, across many of the key businesses – including the Investment Bank, the Middle Market Business, the Retail business, the Corporate Sector and most recently the Credit Card business. In these capacities, Tayo was responsible for delivering IT solutions to enable an integrated customer experience across customer channels and touch-points. He also assumed IT leadership responsibilities for the Middle Market business segment, which managed the firm’s relationships for over 12,000 corporate clients.

Among other key roles, Tayo has held positions of Co-Chief IT Architect and Chief Technical Architect. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Tayo was Senior Strategic Manager at Sybase Engineering in California. Before taking the role of Senior Strategic Manager, Tayo was a Principal Consultant working with several Wall Street and Telecommunication Firms to build large scale, distributed trading and processing engines for their businesses. At Thorn EMI Central Research Laboratories in the United Kingdom, Tayo was a Principal Research Engineer and worked on key pattern recognition and image processing technologies.

Tayo has both an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, as well as a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Tayo is happily married and together with his wife of 19 years, has three sons. He is also actively involved and has leadership responsibilities in a number of non-profit organizations – including ACF USA, a non-profit organization focused on socioeconomic development in Africa. He is also an active sponsor of an inner city school in the city of Philadelphia. He has also led fund-raising activity for major business units at JPMC for the United Way and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ibikunle to the BDPA Foundation family.

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