Soldo bolsters senior leadership team with appointment of industry veteran Mariano Dima

By Aisling Finn on Wednesday 18 November 2020

Digital Banking

Mariano Dima sat on Soldo’s board of directors for a year before being named president.

Soldo bolsters senior leadership team with appointment of industry veteran Mariano Dima
Image source: Mariano Dima/Soldo

 

Business expense provider Soldo has appointed seasoned financial executive Mariano Dima as president. 

Dima, who previously held senior roles at the likes of Visa, Expedia, Vodafone and PepsiCo, will work alongside CEO Carlo Gualandri to help Soldo’s international expansion plans.  

With its new appointment, Soldo is looking to accelerate growth and deepen its presence in Europe as well as onboarding more of the 24m Europe-based businesses. 

Carlo Gualandri, founder and CEO of Soldo, said: “As uncertainty persists for many businesses across Europe, Soldo’s services offer them a means of escaping spending chaos.” 

“Mariano’s background in high growth categories, product innovation and market expansion will allow us to scale up the delivery of our innovative platform at a time when they are needed most.” 

Dima has had measurable success in his previous positions, for instance, he oversaw the global growth at holiday rental platform HomeAway (also known as VRBO), which resulted in its $4bn sale to Expedia. 

Sonali De Rycker, Partner at Accel added: “Mariano has been a very active board member for more than a year and we are really excited for him to be joining the leadership team at Soldo, adding to what is already an impressive line-up of senior figures from the Fintech, software and financial services sectors.” 

Earlier this year Soldo was thrown into a panic when Wirecard’s UK activities were frozen by the FCA following accusations of dodgy dealings by the regulator. 

As a result of the disruption, Soldo transitioned away from Wirecard and its Mastercard-backed cards were back online after just a matter of days. 

Early on in the pandemic, Soldo also teamed up with the local government in Milan to hand out prepaid ‘Soldo Care’ cards to those in need. 

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