These additions represent a strengthening of talent and specialized expertise to address the opportunities and challenges of today's rapidly evolving financial services landscape, in conjunction with the TMG acquisition and CO-OP's $25 million investment for product innovation and technology infrastructure being implemented in 2017. Appointments include:
"The depth and breadth of capability we are adding with the acquisition, product and technology investments, and these new positions are transformational for CO-OP," said Todd Clark, President/Chief Executive Officer. "These appointments signify stronger leadership and resources in the areas that deeply impact our clients - technology capability, new business opportunity and security for the fight against fraud. Nick, Matt and Paul are all experts in their respective fields, and they will up our game significantly."
Nicholas Calcanes, Chief Information Officer
Calcanes joins CO-OP from financial technology solutions provider Fiserv where he was CIO for Financial Risk Management Solutions. His 25-year career in the financial services industry includes key technology leadership positions as CIO, Wholesale Credit and Client Technology, at Bank of America Corporation and CIO, Global Functions Technology, at Ally Financial. In these roles, Calcanes managed technology strategy and oversaw the IT functions for 1,000-plus person organizations and multi-millions in budgets. His experience includes transforming IT strategy to realign people, processes and technology across business operations, as well as increasing performance outputs. Calcanes' focus at CO-OP will be to elevate CO-OP's technology strategy and build out infrastructure to continue its transformation as a digital company.
Mathew Kardell, Chief Revenue Officer
Kardell, previously Senior Vice President and General Manager (SVP/GM) of STAR Network Relationship and Sales at First Data Corporation, is a veteran of the payments and financial services industry with more than 25 years in high-performing revenue-generation and business development roles. At First Data, Kardell most recently was responsible for the company's STAR Network client relationships with merchants and financial Institutions, with network transactions experiencing double-digit percent growth in 2015. Prior to that position, he was SVP/GM of Financial Institution Relationships and New Business Development, managing more than $1 billion in revenue and spanning more than 4,000 financial institutions in North America. In addition, Kardell has extensive experience in the credit union space, having managed those strategic relationships during his tenure at First Data.
Paul Love, Chief Information Security Officer
Love brings more than 25 years in risk management, financial services and technology experience to CO-OP, including his most recent role as Senior Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). At Freddie Mac, he led the creation of an information security and standards program aligned with internationally recognized best practices and collaborated with business units, IT and other key groups to ensure alignment. He has held other information security positions with Ernst & Young and Ally Financial, and has banking industry experience as Assistant Vice President of Security Operations for Fifth Third Bank.
"These three leaders are joining CO-OP's newly created 'dream team' of the payments and financial services industry, which also includes our talented Executive Management Team and Shazia Manus from TMG as Chief Product and Strategy Officer," said Clark. "We have never been in a better position to help credit unions address today's market opportunities and build for the future."
*Editor's Note: Please see today's announcement from CO-OP outlining the acquisition of TMG and overall company restructuring. For more information, visit www.co-opfs.org.
About CO-OP Financial Services
CO-OP Financial Services is a payments and financial technology company that supports 3,500 credit unions and 60 million members by providing a cutting-edge suite of customizable tools and services. The company was the first in its industry to merge purpose, innovation and technology to help credit unions advance the industry mission of people helping people. Visit www.co-opfs.org.