Synchrony Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

Financial innovation firm R3 has announced the addition of Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) to its partnership dedicated to designing and applying distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets.

Synchrony Financial – the first credit card company to join the consortium – will be collaborating with numerous financial institutions to develop ground-breaking commercial applications for the financial services industry that leverage the appropriate elements of distributed and shared ledger technology.

Consortium members work closely with R3 to develop R3’s shared ledger platform Corda and a diverse range of commercial products for the financial markets participants.

Synchrony Financial Executive Vice President and CIO, Carol Juel, noted:

We are excited to be a part of the R3 consortium to explore use cases for distributed and shared ledger technology. Having access to the R3 network and research will be valuable as we think through the many opportunities for blockchain to be leveraged across the consumer finance landscape.

David Rutter, CEO of R3, commented:

R3 is the largest collaborative consortium of its kind in financial markets, comprising members from all corners of the industry. We welcome Synchrony Financial to the consortium and look forward to giving them access to a huge pool of expertise from electronic financial markets and distributed and shared ledger technologies, led by our team of technologists and industry experts.

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