Mark Edwards, director of Application Development at Discover Financial Services has spent his entire working career within the payments and finance industry he loves. Starting out as an engineer within The Logic Group and subsequently Barclaycard he helped multinational retailers in the UK to navigate the complex payments sector by designing innovative payment solutions, which also included helping to develop the first ever chip and pin payments solution in the UK.
Mark has grown to look after teams and technology groups in leading financial institutions, owning solutions in a broad range of areas including Payment Processing and Digital Payments as well as the Discover Payments Network.
As a leader in the technology sector, Mark credits his success stories to the people around him, learning from them every day, giving them the space to innovate as well as the belief and desire to be part of something great. Mark learned early on in his career that Innovation in payments is vital, but innovation in the way we build things is equally as important to take advantage of the opportunities in such a fast-moving sector.