June 28, 1955 – Sept. 1, 2018
Jeffrey W. Wolfers, a longtime information technology executive with HSBC Bank in Buffalo, New York City and London, died Sept. 1 in his home in London after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was 63.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1973 graduate of Kenmore East High School and attended the University of Arizona, where he studied physics and astronomy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1979 from Canisius College, where he was general manager and station manager for the campus radio station, WCCG.
He joined Marine Midland Bank in 1979, working in computer programming and systems development, and moved up to senior designer and project management posts, eventually becoming senior manager for technology.
“He would be handed a project with three months to get it done,” his mother, Carol, said, “and he would finish it in 2½ months and ask what else do you need done.”
In 1996, he became vice president of wholesale systems for Marine Midland’s parent company, HSBC Bank in New York City, and led a team that in nine months developed a deposit processing system that continues to be used by the bank.
Mr. Wolfers was named chief executive officer of hsbc.com in 2000, leading work on the creation of the bank’s worldwide website. In 2004, he became global chief technology officer for all HSBC Bank IT operations worldwide and was keynote speaker at major software management conferences.
After he was appointed HSBC’s global head of finance information technology in 2006, he shuttled between London, New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Vancouver and Hong Kong, developing a $500 million computer system for processing tens of millions of transactions daily.
He left HSBC in 2009 to become chief information officer for National Commercial Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the largest bank in that region.
In 2011, he established Wolfers Partnership, an information technology consulting firm with offices in London and Kuwait. Three years later, he became managing partner in Wolmac Technology Ltd., also a technology consultant.
Since 2016, he had been chief technology officer for Cloud Technology Partners in London, assisting businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in transferring their computer operations to the Cloud.
A resident of London since 1998, his interests included soccer, Formula I auto racing and the space program.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Joanna Restivo-Wolfers; two daughters, Carrie Sparrow and Elizabeth Wolfers-Morgan; his parents, Carol and William; a brother, Timothy R.; a sister, Margaret L.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 29 in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.