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Angel Oak Companies Name New Chief Information Officer

Angel Oak Companies, a leading vertically integrated asset manager delivering mortgage and consumer credit solutions, has announced that David Raju has been appointed its Group Chief Information Officer. Raju was previously the founder and CEO of Covience, an advisory services and banking-as-a-service platform that was acquired by Angel Oak in September 2021. In his new role, Raju will oversee the development, optimization and integration of technology that will improve the digital transformation across all Angel Oak companies. 

“We’re looking to reimagine the digitization of mortgage banking and asset management through the use of our vast amount of data,” Raju said. “By focusing on how we leverage our technology, we believe we can improve our business and, more importantly, enhance the client experience—whether that is in our residential and commercial lending or our asset management businesses.” 

Angel Oak is a preeminent non-agency lender and structured credit asset management firm. The company’s distinct vertical integration, which provides insights into all aspects of the mortgage origination and investment processes, from origination to securitization, positions Angel Oak to capitalize on the digitization that is a core component of its business model. Angel Oak will also look to improve its technological capabilities by partnering with existing plug-and-play solutions. 

Prior to the Covience acquisition, Angel Oak also made a strategic investment into Asset Class, a financial technology firm based in Dublin, Ireland. 

“Whether it is becoming more efficient and better monetizing our data, or implementing bolder ideas such as moving to the blockchain, Angel Oak intends to remain on the forefront of digital innovation in the mortgage and asset management industries,” said Raju. 

Prior to founding Covience, Raju held various C-level positions, including serving as the Chief Technology and Operations Officer at Ally Canada. More recently, he was the President and CEO at Zag Bank, a digital bank owned by Desjardins Group, the leading financial cooperative in North America. Raju earned an MBA in Corporate Finance and a Master of Science in Information Assurance from the University of Dallas. 

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle Horst
Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at kyle.horst@thefivestar.com.
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