Former Uber director od marketing APAC Steve Brennen has resurfaced at fintech company Zip as chief customer officer, just days after Uber announced his departure.
Uber revealed on Wednesday it had hired ex-Google marketer Lucinda Barlow to lead its APAC Marketing team, replacing Brennen, who had been with the rideshare company almost three years.
As well as Brennen, Zip also appointed former SVP product and engineering at Moovweb, Patrick Collins, as chief product officer.
Zip co-founder and CEO Larry Diamond said: “It’s great to welcome both Steve and Patrick at such an exciting time for Zip as we transform from a local fintech to a global growth story. We have ambitious plans ahead for both product and marketing, and for that we need seasoned, evangelical leaders who can co-found the next chapter in our book.
“Our mission is to disrupt the broken credit card industry with a payments solution that meets the demanding needs of our users – in Steve and Patrick, we have found two exceptional leaders who will help us achieve that goal.”
Brennen added: “Zip is a dynamic challenger brand with tremendous opportunity to disrupt the market and change the way we pay. I’m thrilled to join the talented and passionate team at such an exciting time – as the business scales in Australia and looks to global expansion.
“As we continue to innovate, I believe we have a unique opportunity to enable millions of consumers and retail partners to make better payment decisions.”
Collins said: “I’m very excited to be joining Zip, particularly at such a critical time in the company’s growth trajectory. I look forward to scaling out the product team and working with them to drive Zip’s international expansion – ensuring we realise our mission to become the first payment choice everywhere, every day.”
Brennen brings two decades of sales, marketing and management experience at a senior level, with global challenger brands like eBay, PayPal and Virgin.
He is also chair of the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), which was recently acquired by the Australian Computer Society.
Collins is a technology leader with 12 years’ experience in product development in Silicon Valley.
He moved to San Francisco in 2008 when he was founder and CEO of venture-backed technology startup, 5th Finger. The company achieved a successful exit in 2012. 5th Finger’s technology platform powered mobile experiences for large international retailers including Safeway and Victoria’s Secret.
Prior to 5th Finger, Patrick was a founding technical member of Fairfax Digital, where he launched Domain, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review and more.
The appointments – both newly created positions – come at a time of exponential growth for Zip, which recently entered an agreement to acquire global instalment technology platform, PartPay Limited (‘PartPay’) and SME lender Spotcap (’Spotcap Global’).
The acquisitions provide Zip with exposure to four key geographies – New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa, as well as the small and medium-sized credit space.