UAE lendtech Ezra appoints new chief risk officer, Andrew Goodrich
SME lendtech Ezra, which partners with financial services firms to offer credit solutions to the financially underserved, has appointed Andrew Goodrich as chief risk officer (CRO).
Ezra says the appointment of Goodrich, who brings more than 30 years’ worth of experience to the role, is a “key milestone” for the firm’s emerging economy expansion strategy.
Goodrich, who will be based out of Ezra’s Dubai office and report directly to CEO Erwan Gelebart, previously worked at MTN Group as banktech executive, where he established a new credit product vertical within the firm.
He has also worked as a credit risk director with Jumo, where he established the company’s credit risk, prediction and fraud analytics infrastructure.
Ezra CEO Gelebert says: “With decades of experience in the consumer finance and financial services industry, Goodrich will play an integral role in helping to fortify our presence, especially in emerging markets.”
As Ezra CRO, Goodrich will lead the data engineering, predictive analytics, credit risk and fraud functions across the firm, working to boost the efficiency of Ezra’s standardisation and credit risk management governance.
Speaking on his appointment, Goodrich says: “Overall, risk management is essential for maintaining the balance between providing access to credit and protecting both lenders and consumers.
“My mandate will cover the full spectrum of credit risk by serving financial credit in a responsible manner, especially in emerging markets, where we have an opportunity to help our customers to get their foot onto the financial services ladder.”