Meet John Pillar -
John Pillar

John Pillar

Chief Technology Officer NatWest


John Pillar is a technology executive with a passion for driving digital innovation and transformation.

John has spent the past 23 years in e-commerce building, transforming and leading technology teams. He has successfully led brands to be digital leaders by combining context, discovery, aspiration, and content with high-end digital experiences.

While leading those teams they accomplished various awards, including the Retail Week technology award and Retail Week’s IT Team of the Year.

Currently, he has helping RBS disrupt the SME banking world where he is the CTO of their Digital Ventures and Innovation arm. His previous career achievements include transforming M&S into a multi-channel market-leading digital retailer. He also helped build the technology team at the U.K.’s leading online fashion retailer, which propelled the business to be at the forefront of online retailing.

Before the world of fashion, he helped shape the transformation of the retail mortgage industry through technology at GMAC–RFC with the first online mortgage application capturing and processing solution.

He is passionate about agile software engineering, DevOps, cloud and IoT technologies and has shared some of my experiences as a keynote speaker at various conferences such as Velocity, National Retail Federation's BigShow, Cloud World Forum, Apps World Europe & Cloud Expo Europe and ITDF to name a few.

Whenever he is able he also acts as an advisor to a few technology-based startups in London.

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