People moves: Cred, Vocalink, OakNorth and more

Cred appoints CFO and general counsel

US-based crypto lending and borrowing platform Cred has appointed Joe Podulka as its new CFO and Dan Wheeler as general counsel. Podulka has previously worked in a variety of roles at eBay/PayPal for eleven years, both in the US and abroad. He has extensive experience in broad finance and analytics gained from his roles as the CFO, VP finance at Hearst Communications. Wheeler was previously a partner at international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He was also chairman of the Financial Institutions Committee of the California State Bar and the president of the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association.

Dan Schatt, co-founder and president of Cred said: “Cred is fortunate to attract some of the most talented executives in financial technology who identify with our mission of democratizing global borrowing and lending. Dan Wheeler and Joe Podulka have led highly talented global teams and will bring thought leadership to the crypto community and help attract the next 100 million users to the crypto community.”

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne resigns

US-based cryptocurrency-related e-commerce retail firm Overstock announced that long-term CEO and founder Patrick Byrne resigned on August 22. The company has appointed chairman Jonathan Johnson to serve as interim CEO.

Vocalink appoints new CEO

Vocalink has announced the appointment of former managing director Gregor Dobbie as new CEO. Dobbie will be overseeing the expansion of B2B payment services. He will join the management committee of Mastercard’s New Payment Platforms (NPP) and will be answerable to its president, Paul Stoddart. Dobbie’s stint at Vocalink started in 2014 as director of sales and business development and was then promoted to the position of managing director in 2015. He has previously worked with Glory Global Solutions.

President of NPP, Paul Stoddart, said: “Gregor’s appointment as CEO of Vocalink is the natural next step for what has been a successful two years as UK MD. Gregor has a strong customer focus and recognizes the increasing importance of innovation and resilience across our services. He will continue to drive the development of compelling solutions which meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Oaknorth appoints new CTO, COO

UK-based credit platform provider OakNorth has appointed Jackson Hull as new CTO and COO. Hull will be in charge of OakNorth’s technical infrastructure and product program, its product and engineering teams, and also the compliance and infrastructure teams with the pre- and post-sales tech support. Hull has 15 years of C-suite experience in London and San Francisco. He has managed large technological teams at a global level, including China, Singapore, India, Ukraine and Europe.

Joe Perlman, co-founder of OakNorth, said: “Jackson has been a technology executive at several institutions, and a founder or early-stage employee at successful startups. As CTO and COO, he’ll be helping to build our world-class engineering team and the engineering culture required to develop and support our globally scaling platform.”

Justin Ferrabee named CEO of Mazooma

Las Vegas-based payments technology company Mazooma has announced the appointment of Justin Ferrabee as its chief executive officer. Ferrabee has extensive experience in the payment ecosystem. He was the chief operating officer for Payments Canada.

Izabela Wakabayashi, representing the board of directors said: “With Justin’s payments industry expertise and success in driving growth and innovation, he was the clear choice to propel our company into the future. Now is the right time for a leader like Justin, and we are so pleased to welcome him to our team.”

OakNorth appointed chief of staff and director of product

UK-based next-generation credit platform OakNorth announced the appointment of Tiffany Teng as its chief of staff and Jeremy Payne as the director of product. Teng was a part of JPMorgan Chase where she worked on the launch of several products including Chase Pay and the redesigned web platform behind Payne was associated with companies such as, JP Morgan, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Blackstone LP and Bloomberg.

Joel Perlman, co-founder of OakNorth, said: “At OakNorth, we’ve built a strong product and engineering culture where team members have incredibly high autonomy and ownership, and where every individual believes in our mission of solving the small and medium-sized business lending problem globally. Both Tiffany and Jeremy are accomplished and deeply passionate individuals with experience across start-ups, scale-ups and large established institutions. They both have proven track-records in building and mobilising high-performing teams and products. We’re delighted to be welcoming them to the team.”

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