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Former Fannie Mae CEO to Lead Market and Corporate Support

Silicon Valley tech company Blend has announced the appointment of Timothy Mayopoulos as President. The former CEO of Fannie Mae will lead Blend’s go to market and corporate support functions, as well as join the company's board of directors, the company said.

“Tim Mayopoulos is a terrific leader who will help us provide exceptional value to our growing customer base as we scale,” said Nima Ghamsari, CEO, Blend. “I’ve collaborated closely with Tim for over four years, and he believes strongly in technology’s potential to bring simplicity, transparency, and accessibility to the broader consumer finance ecosystem. His deep expertise and passion for transforming consumer lending make him a great fit for our team.”

“I’m thrilled to join Blend at a critical point in its growth trajectory and look forward to helping the company continue to drive positive change in consumer finance in the years to come,” said Mayopoulos. “Nima and the Blend team are driving much-needed improvements to the speed, efficiency, and transparency of consumer lending. I am confident that the company’s growth will continue at a remarkable rate.”

In addition to Mayopoulos, Blend has expanded its leadership team with the following recent executive hires: 

Olivia Teich has joined as head of product. In this role, Teich will focus on partnering with consumers and the industry to identify the areas where Blend’s product can make the biggest impact to improve lending. Prior to Blend, Teich held roles leading product at both Dropbox and Jive.

Kallol Das has joined as head of engineering. He will focus on expanding Blend’s engineering team, driving quality and efficiency, and partnering with the product team to achieve development goals. Das has held similar executive roles at Path, Salesforce, Amazon, and Invoice2Go.

Justin Schuster has joined as head of marketing. Schuster brings a strong background in SaaS, product, marketing communications, and digital marketing, having previously served as Corporate CMO at Acxiom and VP of marketing at LiveRamp.

“We’ve added some amazing leaders to our team, positioning the company to scale at an even faster rate and better serve our customers, driving meaningful change in our industry,” Ghamsari said. “This group brings a wealth of experience and skill to Blend's executive team, and their contributions will be pivotal to achieving our goal of a simpler, more transparent financial services ecosystem.”

The appointments follow a record year of growth for Blend's digital lending platform, which processed more than $230 billion in loan applications in 2018. Now 350 employees, up from just over 200 a year ago, Blend now works with 130+ customers that comprise more than a quarter of the U.S. mortgage market.

About Author: Donna Joseph

Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at donna.joseph@thefivestar.com.
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