Changing Data Standards from Wall Street to DC and Beyond

John Mulholland (Fannie Mae)
Domain Data, Ballroom E

Business and operational management of data content has become a top priority for the most vital American financial institutions. From big banks to mortgage lenders, there is an effort currently sweeping the industry to overhaul and – just as importantly – align data standards in a way that is efficient and understandable nationwide. For the first time, the financial industry is being transparent regarding data quality, both internally and externally. Firms are developing a 360 degree view of issues such as customer data, loan life cycle and security data, allowing business partners to develop stronger products, maintain better customer relationships and have a deeper knowledge of overall risk position. Reduction in overall data interfaces and databases as well as the complexity of the overall environment opens the door for tens of millions in cost savings for financial firms embracing data management as an agent of change. Simply put, improved data management standards and techniques are mitigating risk for financial firms and increasing stability for an industry that is obviously critical to our nation’s economical structure.

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John Mulholland

Fannie Mae

John Mulholland is Fannie Mae’s Vice President of Enterprise Data Architecture (EDA) & Center of Excellence, reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Architect. Mulholland leads the EDA Technology effort and all components of the company’s Data Center of Excellence, including technical data modeling, data quality, data architecture, data distribution, data access, data metrics, data integration, and test data. He also oversees data strategy, ensuring that Fannie Mae’s long-term vision for enterprise data aligns with the company’s goals, and leads efforts to define data relationships across systems and specify principles, blueprints, and standards for information interactions among systems.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mulholland was Director and Global Head of Reference Data for RBC Capital Market (Royal Bank of Canada) where he crafted the blueprint and created a global, enterprise-wide reference data organization. Before that, Mulholland served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Enterprise Data Solutions at Merrill Lynch, where he worked for more than 25 years.

Mulholland has a bachelor of arts in business management from Marist College and a master of business administration in finance from Long Island University. He also studied accounting at St. Francis College and received his secondary education teaching certification from William Patterson University.


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