McKinney-based Independent Financial has named Bill Wade chief digital officer, tapping him to lead the bank’s digital and key technology initiatives. He will lead a team focusing on digital innovation, data assets, data analytics, workflow automation and system integration.
Wade has more than 35 years of experience in financial and business consulting technology, including 11 years as a chief information officer in multiple industries. He moves to Independent Financial from $20 billion Simmons Bank, where he served as chief business architect. In addition to his work history in the financial services industry, he has served as a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous universities, organizations and technology forums. Wade earned a BBA degree in management from the University of Texas–Arlington.
“Bill Wade is the right candidate to help move Independent Financial forward as we continue to enhance our information technology systems and utilize the latest technology available,” says Jim White, chief operations officer. “Technology is ever-changing in today’s financial environment for the bank and customers alike, and Bill’s professional experience and successful track record will be extremely beneficial.”
Established in 1913, Independent Financial operates 93 locations in four markets: Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston, as well as the Colorado Front Range region.