SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SoFi today announced that Aaron J. Webster has been named the company's Chief Risk Officer, joining the company July 22. He will be responsible for SoFi's risk, fraud, and credit management frameworks, and will lead its credit risk and underwriting activities.
Webster joins SoFi from Citigroup, where he was Chief Risk Officer for its U.S. Retail Bank and Mortgage business and led Global Regulatory Analytics. Prior to that, he spent a decade at Toyota Financial Services in senior risk management and operational roles, ultimately serving as Managing Director for Risk Management and Data Science for the company's United States and Americas Region business.
"Aaron brings critical expertise in risk, fraud, and credit that align perfectly to the products we have today and the ones on our roadmap," said SoFi Chief Executive Officer Anthony Noto. "He's also a strong leader and culture carrier who can help us continue to build the next great consumer financial services company. We're thrilled he's joining SoFi."
"SoFi is one of the most dynamic companies in financial services. Anthony and the team impressed me with their vision for putting the member first accompanied with a vigilant focus on risk to protect their members," said Webster of his appointment. "I am excited about helping the company continue its growth and to build on its culture of innovation, prudent risk management and exceptional member focus."
A pioneer in online personal finance, SoFi has rapidly expanded its offering for consumers in 2019, focusing on building products that are fast, mobile first, and member focused in order to help people get their money right.
In February, the company released SoFi Money, a new, hybrid account offering high-yield interest, zero account fees, unlimited ATM fee reimbursements worldwide, and the ability to spend, pay, and save directly from the SoFi mobile app. SoFi Money features include free person-to-person (P2P) payments, electronic bill pay, mobile check deposits, debit card functionality, and mobile payment integrations. SoFi maintains industry-standard administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect user information, and deposits with SoFi Money are FDIC insured up to $1.5 million.
The company also released in February its free consumer investing service SoFi Invest, offering stocks, ETFs, and roboadvising, with no commissions or management fees. SoFi Invest offers both active (brokerage) and automated (robo) investing, as well as real-time, curated investing news. The company also plans to offer cryptocurrency trading through SoFi Invest in the coming months.
In April, SoFi introduced two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the SoFi Select 500 ETF (SFY) and the SoFi Next 500 ETF (SFYX), fee-free for at least the first year1. Those funds were followed by the SoFi Gig Economy ETF (GIGE) and the SoFi 50 ETF (SFYF), further extending the company's approach of providing members access to unique investing opportunities. The company also announced in April two new partnerships in the insurance space, expanding its portfolio of offerings to its members to include homeowners and renters insurance through Lemonade and auto insurance through Root.
Earlier this month, the company announced the general availability of its Stock Bits feature for SoFi Invest, offering the ability to buy and sell fractional shares with as little as $1 in over 50 popular stocks and ETFs ranging from Apple and Amazon, to Alphabet and Tesla2.
SoFi's lending businesses have originated over $42 billion across personal loan, student loan, and home loan products. The company has established a regular program of high quality asset-backed securitizations (ABS), making it one of the largest sponsors in the ABS market. In the past year, the average weighted credit score of loans in SoFi's ABS has risen five points to 774, and the weighted average income of the borrowers in SoFi's nine student and consumer loan ABS has increased 4.2% to $158,968, underscoring their significant earning power.
SoFi membership, which comes with usage of any SoFi product, offers benefits including exclusive events across the country, complimentary financial planning, and career coaching to all active members through an exclusive partnership with Korn Ferry. Members also receive incentives on SoFi products, including rate discounts on loans.
SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing, and protecting give our more than 700,000 members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious people. For more information, visit SoFi.com or download our iOS and Android apps.
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Cryptocurrency trading to be offered through SoFi Digital Assets, LLC. Important: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies aren't endorsed or guaranteed by any government, are volatile and involve a high degree of risk.
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