Steve Brennen, director of marketing APAC at Uber has moved to Zip Co to be the buy now, pay later provider’s new chief customer officer. 

At Uber, Brennen headed up marketing across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

Brennen is also chair of the Australian Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL) and ADMA. He brings two decades of sales, marketing and management experience at a senior level, with global challenger brands like eBay, PayPal and Virgin. 

Steve Brennen, chief customer officer at Zip Co

Brennen said, “Zip is a dynamic challenger brand with tremendous opportunity to disrupt the market and change the way we pay. I’m thrilled to join the talented and passionate team at such an exciting time – as the business scales in Australia and looks to global expansion. 

“As we continue to innovate, I believe we have a unique opportunity to enable millions of consumers and retail partners to make better payment decisions.”

Zip Co has also hired Patrick Collins former SVP product and engineering at Moovweb as chief product officer. 

Collins is a technology leader with 12 years’ experience in product development in Silicon Valley. 

The newly created positions are designed to bolster Zip’s leadership team during a new growth phase, focused on international markets. The company recently agreed to acquire global instalment technology platform, PartPay and SME lender Spotcap. The acquisitions provide Zip with exposure to four key geographies – New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa, as well as the small and medium-sized credit space.

Larry Diamond, co-founder and CEO of Zip said, “It’s great to welcome both Steve and Patrick at such an exciting time for Zip as we transform from a local fintech to a global growth story. We have ambitious plans ahead for both product and marketing, and for that we need seasoned, evangelical leaders who can co-found the next chapter in our book. 

“Our mission is to disrupt the broken credit card industry with a payments solution that meets the demanding needs of our users – in Steve and Patrick, we have found two exceptional leaders who will help us achieve that goal.”

Collins said, “I’m very excited to be joining Zip, particularly at such a critical time in the company’s growth trajectory. 

“I look forward to scaling out the product team and working with them to drive Zip’s international expansion – ensuring we realise our mission to become the first payment choice everywhere, every day.”

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