Refinancing company iLending — which rebranded itself about a month ago — welcomed a new chief digital officer

Chosen to be responsible for technology-related, digital, and innovation services including infrastructure, security, communication services, and software development, iLending hired Christian Marcussen.

“Bringing Christian on will keep iLending in the technological lead and is absolutely key to our ongoing growth and success,” iLending chief executive officer Tom Holgate said in a news release. “Staying ahead in digital services paves the way for iLending to better deliver safe and secure car refinancing to potentially millions of consumers, empowering us to continue helping them save every month. By embracing innovative technology, we are set to improve upon systems and processes and be the automotive refinancing leader.”

Holgate added, “Christian is joining on the heels of the hiring of our new CMO, Renee Brown, and comes to iLending as the company launches a brand refresh and new logo, in addition to our exciting Wheels in Motion Sweepstakes, providing the chance for clients to win a new car.  We are very well positioned for the future of this industry.”

Prior to joining iLending, Marcussen was with Abound Credit Union in Louisville, Ky., where he led strategy, technology, marketing and other areas for six years.  Prior to Abound, he was at Mazuma Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo., for 12 years as the chief information officer. 

“When the opportunity presented itself to join iLending, it was not a difficult decision,” Marcussen said. “This was a logical next step for me, this opens the door to implementing the kinds of strategies and technologies that will significantly enhance iLending’s digital platforms and clear a pathway to accelerated progress.

“I am joining a team of extremely dedicated professionals with a clear vision — to transcend being just a car refinance company. I am joining a team that shares my passion for improving consumers’ financial situations. Leading the evolution of experience-driven consumer technologies and core technologies is an exciting challenge — and something I am eager to meet head-on,” Marcussen went on to say.