Edward Watson, 2012 Honoree

Executive vice president, operations and technology
Fannie Mae
What characteristic is most important to you in an IT hire?
Perspective. When I joined Fannie Mae, I thought we could benefit from greater diversity in experience and thought process. Now we have a unique blend of strong historical knowledge and newcomers with a wide range of industry experience. This diversity brings great perspectives to the table as we consider changes.
What's your boldest IT prediction?
We will make great strides over the next five years to dematerialize the mortgage finance industry, similar to the transformation of the securities industry. We'll adopt straight-through processing to transform and greatly reduce operational risk in mortgage finance.
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