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Episode 1: SoFi’s Aaron Webster Wants to Make It Easier to Divorce Your Bank

What’s SoFi’s secret to differentiation in a crowded fintech ecosystem?

Where should we look to find the next big disruption for American financial services? North America host Kathy Stares sits down with SoFi’s Chief Risk Officer, Aaron Webster, to answer these questions and more in our very first episode of The Disruptor Sessions.

Aaron J. Webster serves as Chief Risk Officer (since July 2019) and Global Head of Operations (starting in October 2022) of SoFi.  Previously, Aaron served as Chief Risk Officer – U.S. Retail Bank and Mortgage and Head of Global Regulatory Analytics (CCAR/CECL) for Citibank, NA. 

Prior to Citibank, NA, Aaron was Managing Director, Americas Risk Management at Toyota Financial Services – the world’s largest automotive lender – overseeing $150B+ USD in consumer and commercial lending/leasing assets across the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, México, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and select markets in Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Aaron held global positions at GE Capital (Prague, Dubai, Bucharest, Atlanta, Stamford), Washington Mutual Bank, FSB (Seattle), and Wachovia Bank, NA (Charlotte).

Aaron is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in International Studies.

Kathy Stares is the Executive Vice President of North America at Provenir, a global leader in AI-powered risk decisioning software. As a member of Provenir’s executive team, she is introducing creative account management approaches to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy.

Kathy brings more than 20 years of experience in fintech and has a deep knowledge and curiosity about risk decisioning innovation. She’s passionate about helping organizations leverage data and technology to build world-class experiences for their customers.

Prior to joining Provenir, Kathy was Chief Customer Officer at enStream, Canada’s provider of mobile verification services. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and attained the Women of Influence certificate. Kathy also volunteers for the Menttium organization.

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