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Russ Barenboym

Samsung Electronics
Sr. Director of Global Initiatives and Partnerships
Russ Barenboym joined Samsung Electronics in September 2016 to lead global partnerships for Samsung Pay and other servicesHe comes with more than ten years of global payments expertise in developing strategy, partnerships and products at Fortune 50 companies. 
 
In his new role, Russ will leverage key partnershipto roll out Samsung Pay globally. As Samsung Pay scales worldwidehwill expand the ecosystem to launch new features and products to enhance the Samsung Pay experience for customers and deliver incremental value to financial institutions. 
 
Before joining Samsung, Russ led strategy for Cards and Global Digital Payments at CitiHe advised executives on strategic options in an environment characterized by digital disruption, proliferation of pays, and convergence of payment types. 
 
Before Citi, Russ led a team to develop servicing strategy for American Express OPEN small business card portfolioPrior to that role, he expanded acceptance of American Express cards globally through innovative third party acquiring programs. Russ acted as enterprise SME on payment facilitators and digital wallets. 
  
In his early career, Russ held positions in strategy, product management, and marketing at Washington Mutual and Discover Financial Services. Russ has his MBA from University of Michigan and a BA Finance degree from the Michigan State UniversityRuss and his family reside in South Korea, where they take advantage of proximity to explore Asian countries and cultures through travel.