August 10, 2018
New banking alternative expands executive team to support technology release
TORONTO--STACK welcomes three C-suite executives along with senior leaders in finance and digital marketing to spearhead the brand's leadership, vision and expertise, as the financial services disruptor readies for the national launch of their fresh alternative to traditional banking. Fee-free and straight from a client's mobile or STACK Prepaid Mastercard, STACK calls itself "is a smarter way to spend, save and share your money."
"We're primed to launch a product that will reinvent the way Canadians feel about their money, and how they manage it," said Miro Pavletic, co-founder and CEO of STACK. "STACK is forging new ground and it's crucial that we have the right blend of experience, awareness and creative agility to help us bring it to market."
The STACK executive team expansion includes new Chief Marketing, Product and Technology Officers with proven track records of trailblazing, mobile-first product launches and best-in-class customer experience from world-class brands and upstart technology companies.
"Throughout my career, I've been passionate about building brands that can change people's lives for the better and meet their needs in ways they never even thought possible. STACK is the perfect place for me to do that," said Lori Hatcher-Hillier, Chief Marketing Officer at STACK. "Everyone on the team has a unique story and we're united in our passion to see and do things differently, to combine our experiences to help make a real difference for our members," noted the newly minted CMO charged with building the long-term brand strategy and team championing the public launch of STACK as it debuts later this year.
A recipient of Marketing Magazine's Marketer of the Year Award, Lori is a visionary leader with omni-channel experience, known for transforming brands, creating bold strategies that deliver results and building winning teams. Previously holding senior marketing strategy and leadership roles with world-class brands including Canada Goose and General Mills, Lori's experience provides a uniquely qualified lens to build a world-class brand with a startup's agility.
Ranjit Sarai, Chief Product Officer at STACK was formerly Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation at President's Choice Financial (PCF) where he was responsible for spearheading an enterprise-wide digital transformation program as well as launching several digital initiatives including Canada's first mobile wallet and Loblaw's PC Insider program, an innovative digital subscription program geared towards young families.
Prior to PCF, Ranjit was the Director of Mobile Banking at CIBC where he was instrumental in helping position CIBC as a leader in the mobile banking space with the launch of several key mobile-first initiatives such as remote cheque deposit and mobile/tablet banking. Ranjit holds a Software Engineering (BEng) degree from Concordia University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
As the Chief Product Officer at STACK, Ranjit is responsible for developing the product strategy and roadmap that connects with the needs of members seeking trusted banking alternatives that put them in control of their finances.
Nahim Nasser, Chief Technology Officer at STACK has grown engineering teams from 5 to 50+, with specializations in mobile, high-scalability backends, and web technologies. The former VP of Engineering at BNOTIONS (acquired by Symbility Solutions in 2015), Nahim has launched over 40+ products with Silicon Valley Giants such as eBay, Facebook and Stubhub, as well as Canadian banks, retailers, and startups during the last half decade.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Nahim earned his Software Engineering (BEng) degree from Carleton University and landed in Toronto after his IBM Canada tenure as a Software Developer.
In his CTO role at STACK, Nahim is responsible for developing the innovative technology strategy and rock-solid infrastructure behind the brand's game-changing financial services solutions.
Sumaya Khan, Head of Digital Marketing at STACK brings her expertise with disruptive and emerging digital trends in the financial services market to drive the brand's innovative digital marketing strategy. Her past experiences with various financial brands while a Client Solutions Partner at Facebook, positions her perfectly to develop cutting edge marketing strategies and deliver meaningful digital business growth.
Brian Wu, CPA and CFA charterholder, is a natural fintech enthusiast with diverse financial services experience leading him to join the STACK leadership as Vice President of Finance. With a proven track record of leading organizations through rapid growth, Brian brings his corporate finance acumen and experience with Borrowell, CIBC and KPMG to the team at STACK. In addition, Brian acts as adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo, bringing his drive for continued education and innovation back to his Alma mater.
STACK is reinventing financial services and putting Canadians back in control of their money. Using intuitive technology and customizable tools, STACK delivers a smarter way to spend, save and share your money fee-free and straight from your mobile and STACK Prepaid Mastercard. Features like automated savings, real-time notifications and relevant rewards empower people to make the most of their money so it's there for what really matters.