Dr. Scott Edington provides executive leadership and oversight for OA’s Consulting practice and OA Labs. Edington’s career spans over two decades of creating next generation technology capabilities in the Payments, Defense, and Intelligence sectors.
Prior to joining OA, Edington served as the Global Head of Visa Labs & Innovation Enablement for Visa Inc, holding global responsibility for Research & Development and the Open Innovation agenda under the auspices of Visa’s Chief Technology Officer. Visa Labs is responsible for scanning the external marketplace for new technology trends, threats and opportunities which could have real applicability to Visa. The group operated regional incubators to create a pipeline of prototypes to quickly evaluate technology or business opportunities. Edington directed many of Visa’s Open Innovation initiatives and frequently partnered with academia, research organizations, technology incubators, and the start-up community. Edington was also responsible for driving a Culture of Innovation through a number of programs and initiatives designed for staff engagement and democratizing ideation at Visa. Since founding Visa Labs in 2010, Edington played a critical role in both the formulation and execution of Visa’s innovation and technology strategies, and served as a member of Visa’s Architectural Leadership Board (ALB). Edington most recently served as Visa’s representative to the International Organization for Standardization/IEC JTC1 (Study Group on Big Data).
Prior to joining Visa, Edington was a technology executive at Booz Allen Hamilton where he ran the firm’s Technology Injection (emerging technologies) practice. In this capacity he was responsible for all of Booz Allen’s technology injection, R&D, strategic prototyping, and knowledge management & information sharing efforts. Edington also directed the firm’s external technology relationships with Academia, National labs, the vendor community and various technology incubators.
Edington’s programs and initiatives have been featured in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, ComputerWorld, PC World, Fortune, and the Washington Post. In 2008, under his direction Booz Allen created Hello.BAH.com the firm’s first Enterprise 2.0 platform. The platform was later recognized by Industry culminating in the awarding of the 2009 Open Enterprise Innovation and the 2010 CIO 100 awards.
Edington has served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and as a member of the Virginia Research and Technology Commission (VRTAC), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and the Industry Diversity Council. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University; and industry certifications in the areas of security, strategy, and network computing. Edington is currently based in OA’s global headquarters in San Francisco.
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