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A Few Influential Finance Leaders Who’ve Helped Revolutionize Fintech

On the one hand there are a host of fintech start-ups and bigger fintech companies introducing innovative fintech platforms and apps to enable easier financial management at the personal and business level, and then there are fintech leaders who are also contributing to this evolution in more ways than one.

Here are 10 Fintech influencers, who have helped revolutionize the finance industry with their leadership and skills.

  • Jeff Yabuki – CEO, Fiserv

Jeffery W. Yabuki is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv, Inc., a global provider of financial services technology and has been named in the 2020 Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies.

With an enriching experience of more than three decades in the financial services industry, Jeffery W. Yabuki joined Fiserv and its Board of Directors in 2005. Prior to his role at Fiserv, he has been in leadership roles in H&R Block and American Express.

At Fiserv, Jeffery has been instrumental in increasing the capacity of the company to offer competitive value to its customers through various fintech and payment solutions for financial institutions, which lead the corporate and retail customers and consumers market today.

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  • Rohit Arora, CEO and Co-founder of Biz2Credit

Rohit is Biz2Credit ‘s CEO, and Co-founder. Biz2Credit is one of America’s prominent names in small business lending and has supported thousands of entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2007. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of finance technology, Rohit is also invited as a panelist at leading industrial forums to many fintech summits and conferences and has written various columns on SMB finance.

  • Denise Thomas – Co-Founder and CEO, Apple Pie Capital

Denise Thomas is the Co-founder and CEO of Apple Pie Finance, a company that provides franchise loans for prospective entrepreneurs to expand.

With over two decades of industry experience in financial services, SaaS, PaaS business models, hospitality, online and healthcare services, Denise has assisted businesses with innovative ideas to build profitable businesses.

Denise is a three-time entrepreneur and has held executive and management positions with various prominent companies in the field of finance technology.

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  • Gilles Gade – Founder/President/CEO, Cross River

Gilles Gade is the founder and CEO of Cross River Bank, an American state-chartered commercial banking corporation. Gill began with his career in 1990 at Citicorp Venture Capital and has been a Co-founder and Managing Director of Chela Technology Partners apart from other roles in various fintech companies.

Fintech lenders employ the latest financial technologies to streamline the traditional and non-operational methods. Similarly, at Cross River, Gill has been instrumental in driving the bank into retail lending and next-generation payment processing, making it a bank powered by innovation and technology.

  • Prashant Fuloria – Chief Product Officer, Fundbox

Prashant Fuloria is a Chief Product Officer at Fundbox, a fintech company based in San Francisco. Fundbox was founded in 2013 with an aim to build a credit and payments network to overcome the volatility of credit decisions and the speed of B2B payments.

Prashant, a fintech-era veteran holds his experience with companies like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and several others. He is currently a part of the executive leadership team at Fundbox and leads the company’s product and engineering efforts, including product strategy, design and delivery.

  • Susan Ehrlich – CEO, Earnest

Employing evolving technologies like AI, big data, Blockchain technology to solve, long standing issues are measures that all fintech leaders are implementing.  One such leader is Susan Ehrlich, CEO of Earnest.

With a focus on making a difference for her customers, and enhancing the quality of their life, Susan is a passionate finance leader with a track record of promoting growth with her strategic decisions across a diverse range of businesses. She is a visionary leader to have led the development of innovative payment solutions in the field of retail, banking, and financial technology and more.

  • Mike Butler – President and CEO, Radius Bank

Mike Butler is the President and CEO of Radius Bank. Prior to Radius Bank, Mike served as President of National Consumer Finance at KeyCorp in Cleveland, Ohio.

Given Mike’s extensive history in commercial and consumer banking, It is under his mentorship that Radius Bank adapted the right technologies with the right kind of customer service and became a pioneer in the fintech industry.

  • Jason Brown – CEO, Tally

Jason Brown is the CEO and Co-founder of Tally, an AI-powered consumer fintech company. Tally was formed with an aim to democratize financial services and put money in the hands of common people. Under Jason’s leadership, that Tally Technologies has seen a meteoric rise and also offers various payment options like automated payment for its customers.

Jason is a repeat entrepreneur who has previously co-founded venture-backed consumer solar financing company Gen110 and subscription-based software support company Bask.com.

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  • Renaud Laplanche – Founder and CEO of Upgrade

Renaud Laplanche is the founder and CEO of Upgrade, an online lending platform that offers personal loans and free credit monitoring. With Renaud’s strong leadership, the company raised $60 million in Series A funding – the largest ever Series A investment in a US fintech company.

Prior to Upgrade, Renaud founded and ran Lending Club, America’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors.

Renaud is a recipient of several awards like the Economist Innovation Award and has been ranked as one of the top CEOs by Glassdoor Employee’s choice awards amongst other distinctions. His personal accolades include the Newport-Bermuda world speed sailing record and is also a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia Business School.

  • Noah Breslow – CEO, OnDeck

Noah Breslow is a CEO of OnDeck, a tech firm that has grown with the ever-changing technology. OnDeck uses data collection, and electronic payment technology makes credit decisions in minutes and offers financing within 24 hours for small businesses.

Noah held a variety of leadership roles since the company’s inception in 2006 and became the CEO in June 2012. The company been named in the Inc. 500 | 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies in America three years in a row is a testament to the excellent manner in which he has guided the company.

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