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7 CEOs Who Are Bringing Innovation to the Fintech Industry

Vincent Nyoike



Dan Shulman- Paypal

Dan Shulman, the CEO of Paypal, was appointed in 2014 prior to which he served the American Express as the Group President. He had served earlier as the president of Prepaid Group at Sprint Nextel Corporation. Earlier on, he had served as the CEO of Priceline Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and MBA from New York University.

Ajay Banga- MasterCard

Ajay Banga is the CEO and Board member of MasterCard. Before his appointment, he served as the CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. Ajay began his career in India, where he worked for 13 years in sales, marketing and management department. He worked for PepsiCo, where the establishment of the fast-food franchises in India. He also serves a member of the board at Weill Cornell Medical College ad also a member of the board of governors of the American Red Cross. He studied in Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Thiago dos Santos Piau- StoneCo

He is the CEO of StoneCo Ltd, an e-commerce company operating in Brazil. The company is supported by Warren Buffet and became public in 2018. He had earlier served as the COO of the company and also as CFO since 2016. He has also worked in defining the company’s strategies, investment structures, mergers and acquisitions at Arpex Capital. In 2011, he founded Paggtaxi that oversaw payment of taxis by the use of an app. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Noah Breslow- OnDeck

Noah Breslow is the CEO of OnDeck, a company that is providing companies to access capital. He has served in the company as chief product officer in 2007 and chief operating officer; he was appointed as the CEO in June 2012. The company has been offering financial aid to clients in over 700 industries in the US, Australia, Canada. He has previously worked for Tacit Networks as a VP of Marketing and Product Management.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science in MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Douglas Cifu- Virtu Financial

He is the CEO of Virtu Financial and Co-founder of Virtu. It is a high-frequency market that makes up several firms. Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu co-founded the company. Douglas previously worked as a partner at the international firm, where he was the Management Committee. Douglas also serves as a board of director of the US Chamber of Commerce and in the Columbia College at Columbia University. He has a JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Columbia University.  

Gary Norcross- FIS

Gary Norcross is the Chairman and the President of FIS. The company is worth $8.4 billion and involved in the processing of payments, financial software and offering banking solutions. He was appointed in 2018; prior to which he was serving as a chief operating officer from 2012 and chief executive officer in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.

Richard Fairbank- Capital One

Richard is the founder and Chairman and CEO of Capital One Financial Corporation, a company that offers financial services. He founded the company in 1988 and it been providing financial services to customers through technology and information. He has served as a board of Directors in MasterCard International Global and before then, he was Chairman of the MasterCard in the U.S region. He studied in Stanford Graduate School of Business where he secured an MBA. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University.

Vincent is an experienced journalist from Kenya. He has a keen focus in finance, tech, and health news.

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