Zopa targets growth with three new Executive hires

By Emily Nicolle on Tuesday 23 January 2018

Alternative Lending

The peer-to-peer lender is bringing in the big guns as it prepares for 2018.

Zopa has announced today the appointment of three new additions to its executive team. According to the platform, the new hires will “support and strengthen Zopa’s vision”, as it moves towards launching its next generation bank.

Zopa has revealed it will be onboarding Philip Dransfield as its chief risk officer, who joins the platform from TSB Bank where he was responsible for leading the credit risk function. He brings over 20 years of experience in managing risk, and will be responsible for maintaining and furthering Zopa’s track record in prudent risk management.

Steve Hulme will also be joining as Zopa’s chief finance officer, having previously been stationed at challenger bank Tandem Money where he was CFO for the last two years. He has also served as CFO for PayPal’s global credit business, and for Capital One in the UK and Canada. His experience will be heavily utilised as Zopa prepares its own banking effort.

Finally, Clare Gambardella (pictured) has been appointed as chief customer officer at the platform. She is moving from her previous role as group chief marketing officer at Virgin Active, and will be leading Zopa’s marketing, human resources and customer-facing teams.

“Last year was another stellar year for the growth and development of Zopa and our team continues to go from strength to strength in 2018 at what is a hugely exciting time for the business,” commented Zopa CEO, Jaidev Janardana.

“We’re delighted to have three high profile and exceptionally talented people join the business. Our people are our biggest competitive advantage and these additions further strengthen our position.”

Last week, Zopa announced its first rates hike for investors since 2015 amid “increased stability” in consumer credit pricing.

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