Ryan Sparks is a Managing Director and the Head of Transformation and International Expansion at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Merchant Services business, the leading integrated bank-acquirer of payment services with more than $1.6 trillion in annual processing volume. Before his current role, he held roles in operations and the firm’s internal strategy and management consulting practice. There his efforts contributed to more than $2B in annualized revenue retention or cost savings.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ryan was the COO of Rowan Technology Solutions, an education technology firm that develops interactive digital learning content using mobile and cloud solutions. At Rowan, Ryan provided executive leadership during the transition from a philanthropic project to a thriving startup, building product management discipline and the business functions. Ryan came to Rowan from EY’s Financial Service Office.
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 serves on the Board of Directors for The Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free and bureaucracy-free mental health care to military veterans. He 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. His military decorations include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Combat “V”, two Purple Hearts and two Meritorious Service Medals. Additionally, he was the 2010 recipient of the Marine Corps prestigious LtCol William Leftwich Trophy for outstanding combat leadership.