Lending Club appoints AI guru to board

By Daniel Lanyon on Friday 7 July 2017

Alternative Lending

The US-based giant in the marketplace lending world has been undergoing a radical overhaul in the past 12 months.

America's largest online marketplace lender has appointed Kenneth Denman as the newest member of its Board of Directors, serving on the firm's Audit and Compensation Committees.

"Ken is a seasoned executive and board member who will be invaluable as we continue to scale," said Scott Sanborn, CEO of LendingClub. "His deep roots in technology – including AI and mobile – will provide great perspective as we continue to leverage data, technology, and our marketplace model to get people the credit they deserve while providing an easy and rewarding experience for our investors."

Denman, a venture partner at Sway Ventures, has served as a CEO for over fifteen years leading corporate transformations for the likes of Emotient, which was acquired by Apple in January 2016, as well Openwave Systems  (now Unwired Planet), and iPass. He has also held executive roles at MediaOne Group., US WEST Communications Group and the Battelle Memorial Institute Laboratory.

"I've seen how technology can transform industries, and I am excited to support LendingClub as it continues to transform financial services," said Denman. "The market potential is massive and this company, with the current leadership team in place, is incredibly well positioned. I'm looking forward to joining a team so dedicated to helping people achieve their financial goals."

Denman is an active board member for Costco Wholesale Corp, ShoreTel, Mitek Systems and Motorola Solutions. Denman formerly held board roles with Brightmail, Emotient, iPass, Inc., Openwave Systems, Inc. and United Online. He served as the Director of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) from January 2011 to January 2012, and as a Director of United Online, Inc., from June 2015 to July 2016.  

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