Former Bread Financial exec joins Bloom Credit
Bloom Credit, which offers an API platform designed to simplify the way businesses integrate with the credit bureaus, recently announced Matt Keleshian has joined the firm in the newly created role of senior vice president and head of operations, reporting directly to Bloom Credit chief executive officer Christian Widhalm.
Most recently senior director of operations strategy and enablement at Bread Financial, Bloom Credit highlighted that Keleshian built and led multiple business transformation initiatives to redefine SaaS servicing and the collections technology suite. According to a news release, Keleshian’s role encompassed the contact center technology, workforce management, operational strategy and analytics and operational readiness.
Prior to joining Bread, Keleshian spent nearly a dozen years at Macy’s, holding numerous positions within the credit and customer service organization. He led business intelligence and the data science function within the contact center, and managed operations at one of the company’s largest contact centers, in Clearwater, Fla., where his team led large aspects of the credit customer service, credit granting, collections and big ticket retail functions.
“Bloom Credit continues to grow rapidly and in Matt we have found someone with the perfect blend of experience to streamline the operational complexities that come with responsibly sending and receiving bureau data,” Widhalm said in the news release.
“Matt will oversee furnishment, disputes, client implementation and credentialing, and risk and compliance from an operational perspective to complement our tech and product teams. We are thrilled to welcome him onboard,” Widhalm continued.
Bloom Credit recently announced its client base nearly doubled in the first quarter amid surging demand for its credit data platform, with ALTRO (formerly Perch Credit), Eve Financial, and Upwardli among more than a dozen new clients added in Q1.
According to the company, integration with Bloom Credit can provide these clients with the tools necessary to launch new credit products in “a fraction of the time” it has traditionally taken.
“I’m excited to leverage 15 years of experience across fintech and retail building, scaling, and managing global operations teams,” Keleshian said. “I have been fortunate to work alongside amazing leaders and teams throughout my career, and the Bloom Credit team has inspired me with their passion, rich industry knowledge, and growth mindset for the business.
“I can’t wait to jump in to further scale a robust operation rooted in the consumer credit journey, governance, and client loyalty,” Keleshian went on to say.
Bloom Credit also mentioned that has raised $17 million in total funding, including $13 million in October 2020 led by Allegis NL, along with Resolute Ventures, Slow Ventures, and Commerce Ventures, and $3 million from angel investors that includes:
— Better Tomorrow Ventures’ Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gibson
— Acorns founder Jeff Cruttenden
— Marqeta founder Jason Gardner
— Former vice chair of Personal Capital Mark Goines
— Former president of Prosper Ron Suber