NerdWallet, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRDS) today announced that Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Kelly Gillease will be stepping down from her role effective October 1, 2022.
Following Gillease’s departure, Brand Marketing, Communications, and Organic Marketing will report directly to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tim Chen, while Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) and Performance Marketing will be split between Chief Product Officer (CPO), John Caine, and Chief Business Officer (CBO), Kevin Yuann. This structure is intended to enable NerdWallet to continue building consumer awareness and trust in its brand while tightening alignment between marketing activities and key products and initiatives. Chen will continue to focus on setting the vision for NerdWallet and ensuring all teams are set up to execute on the company’s strategic priorities. Gillease will serve as a consultant to NerdWallet to assist in the transition following her departure.
“Kelly has accomplished so much during her tenure at NerdWallet and she leaves us, and her team, set up for tremendous success,” said Tim Chen co-founder and CEO of NerdWallet. “Under her leadership, we’ve built on our dominance in Organic Marketing, efficiently scaled investments in key areas including Brand, Performance and CRM and significantly improved our measurement strategies. Kelly has also been an extremely effective people manager, developing a strong bench of marketing leaders and a talented team who will continue their work in establishing NerdWallet as the most trusted brand in personal finance. Marketing remains a critical way we will reach, engage and build a trusted relationship with consumers, as well as a significant driver of our business,” said Chen.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve scaled and accomplished at NerdWallet, and after four awesome years, I’m ready for my next challenge," said Gillease. “I look forward to continuing to serve as a consultant following my departure to ensure a seamless transition and to best position NerdWallet for continued success. I’m excited to see everything this team will continue to accomplish.”
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