Ally chooses former Citigroup exec to be chief strategy officer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 

Coinciding with the finance company’s enhanced relationship with Carvana, Ally Financial on Wednesday announced that Dinesh Chopra has joined the company as its new chief strategy officer.

In his newly created role Chopra will lead Ally’s corporate strategy team, helping to foster its growth and evolution as a leading digital financial services provider and define the elements of Ally’s future strategic plan.

Chopra joins Ally from Citigroup where he served as global head of strategy, retail bank, mortgage, fintech and digital payments responsible for leading strategic planning and improving performance for the related lines of business. While at Citigroup, he oversaw many transformation efforts, most notably developing and executing a three-year strategic plan that helped turnaround performance of the group’s U.S. retail banking business.

Prior to Citi, he held leadership positions in strategy and banking at Capital One and McKinsey & Co.

Ally has expanded and diversified its offerings over the past 18 months, adding online wealth management and home mortgage products to its robust online banking, corporate finance and auto finance products and services.

As the company continues to diversify and evolve as a leading digital financial services provider, Chopra will play a critical role in supporting and advancing these efforts. 

“I am confident Dinesh’s experience and skills are a great match for Ally as we continue to grow our business and differentiate our industry-leading products and services,” Ally Financial chief executive officer Jeffrey Brown said.

“Adding a CSO to our leadership team will enable us to better evolve our business so that we keep a leading edge in the marketplace as we grow, while also maintaining our keen focus on innovation and a great customer experience,” Brown continued.

Commenting on his new post, Chopra added, “Over the last several years I have followed Ally closely and have been impressed with the firm’s growth as a financial innovator.

“In this new role I have an incredible opportunity to work with the leadership team to push Ally’s diversification strategy forward and support our mission of providing digital solutions and services that enable our customers to achieve financial well-being,” he went on to say.

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