Ryan Sparks is a Managing Director and the Head of Transformation at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Merchant Services business, where he is responsible for the product development, commercialization, and operational delivery of payments technology globally. He has also held roles in payments operations and the firm’s internal strategy and management consulting practice. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ryan was the COO and head of product for Rowan Technology Solutions, an education technology firm that develops interactive digital learning content using mobile and cloud solutions.
Before his professional business career, Ryan commanded Marines for sixteen years as an infantry and reconnaissance officer. During this period he completed five deployments, leading Marines through recent history’s most significant battles in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was featured in the 2010 HBO Documentary, The Battle for Marjah and has appeared on CNN, the Charlie Rose Show and in the New York Times.
Ryan holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, an MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.