Upendra Mardikar serves as Vice President within the Technology organization at American Express, where he is responsible for security strategy, architecture, engineering and application security. In this capacity, Upendra leads the development of strategic security architecture and provides engineering guidance for advanced security solutions. His team also creates risk-based approaches to developing and driving the maturity of Information Security-as-a Service across the enterprise. A seasoned executive in the areas of security, engineering and product delivery, Upendra is known as a creative and passionate leader with deep technical expertise in securing legacy systems, as well as hybrid cloud, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and big data platforms. He has more than 20 years of experience conceptualizing, building, scaling and leading security teams in locations worldwide. Prior to joining American Express in 2014, he held executive positions at Visa and PayPal. Over the course of his career, Upendra’s expertise and innovative thinking have been recognized with more than 87 patents issued and pending.