Fintech Wisr has appointed former CBA general manager of unsecured risk Joanne Edwards to the newly created role chief risk and data officer. 

The company said the new role was created to focus on credit risk optimisation and data analytics of its scaling loan book and Financial Wellness Ecosystem and extending the company’s competitive advantage with industry changes such as Open Banking and Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR).

During her time at CBA, Edwards led the CCR integration project and believes Wisr is ahead of the game and well-positioned to take advantage of the momentum 2020 will bring to the industry.

Edwards comes to Wisr with over 17 years’ experience in credit risk management and will be working closely with COO Mathew Lu. 

Anthony Nantes, CEO, Wisr and Joanne Edwards, Chief Risk and Data officer, Wisr

Anthony Nantes, CEO of Wisr said, “This is a fantastic appointment and real coup for Wisr. Joanne is a widely respected leader of multiple disciplines ranging from credit risk, product management through to data and analytics and strategic project delivery. 

“To have someone of Joanne’s calibre join Wisr after almost a decade in Australia’s leading unsecured lending bank, is a truly exciting opportunity for the business, our stakeholders and customers.”

Edwards said, “Access to credit and credit availability is fundamentally important to people’s lives, and it can be absolutely life-changing. Wisr’s purpose-led model is completely different from anything that I’ve seen in the consumer lending space. 

“Wisr’s vision to bring financial wellness to all Australians by reinventing what a consumer lending company can be, really speaks to me. It is this purpose-led model and culture that was a deciding factor in joining.”

Nantes said, “2020 will see substantial changes coming to the financial services space and Wisr is primed to take advantage of those changes while creating sustainable growth in line with risk appetite.”

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