Carey Kolaja is currently Global Product Officer at Citi FinTech, an organization charged with designing and delivering the ‘Bank of Tomorrow’.
Prior to Citi FinTech, Carey spent 13 years at PayPal, most recently as Vice President of Global Consumer Products at PayPal, responsible for establishing PayPal’s global product vision in service to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world.
At PayPal, Carey led an international team charged with designing, deploying, and operating global products and commercial strategies for all of PayPal’s consumer products to effectively serve the local needs and interests of customers in each of the 203 markets that PayPal serves. These products included digital wallet, Person to Person Payments, Financial Services, Buying Experiences, Loyalty, Identity Management, and Social Impact.
She is also a keynote speaker at many outside conferences including, SXSW, TED talks, Quartz Next Billion, MITA Institute, New Economy Summit Japan and Card Forum. Carey serves on the Board of King Streets Kings a local non-profit dedicated to the development of young adults, through basketball and social opportunities; she is an active Board member of WavesForWater a non-profit with the mission to get clean water to every single person who needs it; and an active Board member of Arriv.io a start up aiming to disrupt the global transportation sector.
Carey previously serviced on the boards for OLO.com and Nearbuy Systems.
Carey has more than 20 years of diverse experience in financial services and technology and consulting at companies such as UBS Warburg, Waterstone Consulting, Windomar Financial with over a decade of experience in global leadership roles.
Carey is regularly featured on FOX Business and CNBC, and she is often quotes in leading publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and more.
In 2015, Carey was named “Most Influential Women in Payments” by PaymentSource. She also
won PYMNTS’ “Woman in Payments to Watch” Innovator award that honors those who have
shaped the payments industry.
Carey earned a B.S. from the University of Indiana Business School, and is a graduate from the Executive Program at Stanford University.