MeridianLink®, developer of the financial industry’s first multi-channel loan and new account origination platform, today announced the expansion of their leadership team with the appointments of Alan Arnold as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chad Martin as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The appointments bring additional executive management and industry expertise to contribute to the company’s growing business, supporting CEO Tim Nguyen.
With the recently announced merger of MeridianLink and the ACTion, Synergy, and Achieve divisions of CRIF Lending Solutions, the combined organization services approximately 1,200 customers and over 300,000 end users. These executive appointments represent a commitment to improved management capabilities and increased product functionality for customers during this exciting period of innovation.
“Alan and Chad’s respective experience, leadership capabilities and track record of strong growth make them the right choice to drive our market leading financial services software platform,” said Tim Nguyen, President and CEO of MeridianLink. “I look forward to working closely with them as MeridianLink embarks on our exciting transformation. Their commitment and dedication will greatly enhance our corporate culture and drive our continued success.”
“Thoma Bravo has a long-established reputation of partnering with its portfolio companies’ management teams, leveraging their experience and market expertise to support proven strategies and scale success,” said A.J. Rohde, a partner at Thoma Bravo. “The addition of Alan and Chad to Tim’s impressive team is another step in MeridianLink’s ambitious plan to become the leading financial services software platform in the credit and lending industry.”
MeridianLink’s LoansPQ software is the most mature and time-tested loan origination and new account opening platform available, and the company has been a pioneer in providing innovative software solutions to financial institutions for over 20 years. Designed to make the lending process more efficient, the MeridianLink platform has been proven to increase loan volumes and generate higher ROI for customers, integrating with most core processors and over 200 third-party systems and product providers. By merging with CRIF Lending Solutions, which shares a similar history and mission, the new company is expected to scale rapidly to provide customers with even deeper functionality across the lending and account opening continuum.
In his new role as COO, Mr. Arnold is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s business objectives and financial performance as well as steering the organization to extend technology investments into areas that will provide financial institutions with leading edge solutions.
Recognized as an expert in advanced technologies, business process improvements and managed availability solutions, Alan Arnold has over 35 years of experience in senior executive roles for industry leaders. Most recently, he was EVP for Vision Solutions, responsible for the global technology, services and support strategy for the business, and serving in a variety of positions including President and Chief Operating Officer of worldwide operations. Prior to joining Vision Solutions in 2000, Mr. Arnold was a senior technology executive in the management consulting practice of Ernst & Young LLC. He served as the firm’s subject matter expert for IBM technology and e-commerce solutions, and was one of the founders and managers of the Ernst & Young Advanced Development Center (ADC). Arnold has authored or co-authored five books on technology and business topics that have been published worldwide, and has had his work presented to the United States Senate Technology subcommittee and State of California. In 2016, he was recognized with the Premier 100 Technology Leaders award for 2016 by ComputerWorld.
In his new role as CFO, Chad Martin is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s financial performance and improving its administrative functions. Mr. Martin comes to MeridianLink with more than 25 years’ experience in leadership and financial roles. Most recently, Martin was CFO for DealerSocket, a leading provider of innovative and mission-critical software for the automotive industry. Prior to that, he was CFO of P2 Energy Solutions, and Pacific Pulmonary Services. Martin also spent 10 years in investment banking with Goldman, Sachs & Co., working in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Technology, Media and Telecom Groups.
MeridianLink, Inc., developer of the industry’s first multi-channel account opening and loan origination platform, is a leading provider of enterprise business solutions for financial service organizations. The company’s passion for excellence is reflected in their web-based credit reporting, lending and new account opening/deposit technologies, which all enjoy solid reputations as being cutting edge, reliable and affordable. Based in Costa Mesa, California, MeridianLink is committed to creating smart solutions that deliver real value. For more information, visit www.meridianlink.com
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