“Everyone talks about being client-centric,” said Citi Ventures head Vanessa Colella.

That may be true, but banks are only now starting to put people in charge of quality control.

A number of PwC’s financial services clients have begun making a real shift from just talking about the customer experience to making it a step in some decision making processes. (PwC declined to identify any of them.) The shift is similar to that of technology leaders, who after moving up to the C-suite has become more of a centralized authority in order to bring consistency to the technology decisions that take place across all businesses.

“Historically [experience strategy] has been the purview of design groups or marketing organizations that was embedded into everyone’s job,” said David Schiff, a principal at PwC whose practices focuses on digital and customer-driven transformations. “There’s a much greater sense of responsibility and accountability now starting at the top and driving all the way through.”

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