Chief Design & Digital Officer at Barclays
Derek started his international career at Snow College when he received his Associates of General Studies in 1992. He then earned a B.A. at Utah State University, and went on to get an MBA of entrepreneurship at University of PA in 2004.
In April of 2014, Derek was appointed by Lord Mayor Boris Johnson as a Technology Ambassador for London. His job is to actively promote London as a technology hotbed, and travel with the Mayor on Trade Missions. Derek is also Chief Design and Digital Officer for Barclays' global digital estate. He designs, launches, and runs their mobile apps and innovation platforms.
What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies are creating and coaching. During the week, I enjoy creating businesses; whether it be mentoring startups, or growing our businesses around the world. On weekends, I enjoy coaching my kids' sports teams (American football, baseball, and basketball) in London. For holidays, we love to visit family and friends in Utah.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Snow College?
There are so many memories from my time at Snow... from late-night study sessions, to disc golf across campus, to freshmen student senate. The most memorable moments were just every-day fun with friends and fellow students.
How did Snow College contribute to your accomplishments?
Snow College provided a great educational foundation, as well as friends, connections, and mentors that have helped me throughout my life and career. So many doors opened that I didn't know existed simply from my attending Snow. One example: I recently connected with the CEO of a multinational company that attended Snow College, and we spent most of the call reminiscing about our time in Ephraim. We eventually did go on to do business together!
What advice would you give to other Snow College students/alumni?
My advice to all who have the privilege of attending Snow... Enjoy every minute! There really is no place like it! Also, dream big, and realize that anyone can achieve their dreams, whatever they may be! -- Derek