Biography

Christine Larsen

Non-Executive Director

CIBC

Christine Larsen is an experienced independent board director, COO and leader of digital transformation and growth. Christine is now seeking to add board roles to her portfolio with companies that will benefit from her board and operating experience.

Prior to leaving First Data in 219, she served as chief operations officer where she was instrumental in the company’s return to growth and efficiency drive as part of its successful path back to the public markets and, ultimately, the Fiserv merger. Previously, Christine had a 25-plus year career leading technology and operations across all lines of business at JPMorgan Chase, held a number of senior executive roles at Citi, and was senior manager in the financial services technology practice at Accenture (Andersen Consulting). She now serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Imperial Bank Commerce (CIBC) a $5bn market cap, leading North American Bank as a member of the risk committee and at Paya Holdings Inc., an integrated payments provider, where she chairs the compensation committee.

Christine has extensive experience in digital transformation, automation of global platforms and software development, mergers, business integrations and product development with the required service model strategy and execution through cloud and AI for rapid revenue growth. As lead executive for multiple major mergers, she successfully led global business operations through major change in payments, wealth management, capital markets, asset management, asset servicing, retail banking, commercial banking, and consumer lending. Through more than two decades as a payments executive, Christine has deep experience with cross border privacy requirements, KYC/AML, and cyber security. Operating as a senior executive in highly regulated businesses at the largest financial institutions though the challenges of 9/11, the financial crisis and subsequent mortgage meltdown and the rapid growth of fintech payment schemes, Christine has a keen understanding of operating risk and compliance. Christine is currently working with various fintech companies owned by private equity and venture capital in both advisory and board roles

Christine has a long track record of working for gender equality and women’s advancement, creating impactful women’s networks on each career stop. Christine serves as a Syracuse University trustee, where she is chair of academic affairs, member of the executive committee and the special committee on climate, diversity, and inclusion which is focused on ESG and DE&I as strategic priorities for the University. She is chair emeritus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) foundation board, where she led the reenergizing of an annual gala-based non-profit, by building the board, creating governance and committees, and partnering with the college president to build internal capabilities resulting in a 2% increase in foundation revenues. BMCC ranks third among all two -year colleges nationwide with the greatest success in lifting low-income students into the middle class.

Christine and her husband of 35 years have a strong commitment to the economic empowerment of higher education for first generation college students and new Americans and have funded numerous scholarships and research grants. They have two adult daughters.