The UK’s first online mortgage broker, Trussle, has made another executive appointment, hiring Todd Zino as Chief Technical Officer, it announced today.
Todd, whose remit is to drive innovation to shake up the industry and revolutionise Trussle’s product, brings over twenty years of experience across multiple continents and product areas. Most recently, he was the co-founder and CTO of Wallaby Financial, a credit card fintech that focused on big data personalisation. Todd led the startup through multiple mergers with Bankrate, Red Ventures and ZPG, with him ultimately running large fintech and home-tech product teams in Los Angeles, Austin and London.
Todd’s appointment comes as Trussle reveals a spike in hiring since the start of 2019, with headcount rising by 48% to 120 staff members. This growth, which is set to continue in 2020, is part of the plan to excel the product offering and meet ambitious growth plans.
The London-based fintech has also confirmed the appointment of Sebastian Anthony as Head of Organic Growth and Product Manager, Terry Lee, to make significant progress with expanding Trussle’s product offering for customers. Sebastian led content strategy at Zoopla and uSwitch, and was previously Editor-in-Chief at publisher Condé Nast. Terry was a Product Manager in the acquisition and retention team of sports streaming service DAZN.
These hires follow other significant appointments for the business this year, including veteran banker, Simon Williams, who was made Trussle’s chairman in April.
Trussle was founded by CEO Ishaan Malhi, a former investment banker who launched the company after struggling to navigate his own mortgage application. Having secured £13.6m of investment led by Goldman Sachs PSI last year, the fintech scale-up has seen a 79% increase in mortgage submissions since the beginning of the year.
Todd Zino, Trussle’s new Chief Technology Officer, said, “In an era where new Open Banking, property valuation and underwriting APIs are being launched frequently, there’s an incredible opportunity for us to completely revolutionise the mortgage process for consumers.
I’m excited about the challenge of streamlining the home ownership process and making a huge impact on mortgage approval times for our customers. At Trussle, we’re currently hiring a world-class engineering team to enable us the real-time capability to verify banking, property and identity through our digital experience.”
Ishaan Malhi, CEO and founder of Trussle, added, “I’m delighted to welcome Todd, Sebastian and Terry to the team and am genuinely excited to see how they can accelerate us towards our mission.
Our culture remains to be our competitive advantage, and by hiring talent that aligns with our values, we are continuing to work towards making mortgages fairer.
We’ve got incredibly exciting growth plans and we need to bring in the very best talent to help make those plans a reality. 2020 is going to be a huge year at Trussle and we look forward to seeing more brilliant people come through our doors.”