MINNEAPOLIS—December 14, 2011—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced the appointments of Brad Thilges, Adem Yilmaz and George Shand to leadership roles in the company’s Scores business unit. All three will focus on driving Scores success for business clients, and report to Scores and Analytics Vice President Greg Pelling.
“Brad, Adem and George all have strong track records of innovation and thought leadership in predictive analytics and risk management, and will work closely with our top customers to solve their most strategic scoring problems,” said Pelling. “These industry experts are another building block in the execution of our strategy to innovate at the core of our Scores products, ensuring they remain the most predictive in the market and increasing the value of our industry offerings. Their combined leadership experience in their respective areas will be instrumental to our success.”
Thilges will be responsible for leading planning and execution, as well as growth and innovation, for all of FICO’s Scores products sold to businesses, including the FICO® Score, the industry standard for U.S. consumer credit risk assessment. He comes to FICO with years of product management experience, most recently at Axioma, Inc. where he led product management of the company’s next-generation equity analytics platform and brought new solutions to market. He also has served in business and sales management roles at MSCI Barra, paving the way for the development and advancement of innovations in equity asset management and risk management.
Yilmaz will lead FICO’s Scores strategies and initiatives for the auto industry, in which FICO® Scores are used today by the 25 largest U.S. auto lenders and many others. He joins FICO from Toyota, where he was corporate manager for consumer credit risk, residual risk, commercial risk, operational risk and business continuity. While there, he led the team that won the 2009 Gold Alexander Hamilton Award for Credit Risk Management. He also has served as vice president of decision support and credit risk at JPMorgan Chase and in management positions at Advanta Mortgage and Bank of America.
Shand will lead FICO’s Scores strategies and initiatives specifically for the credit card industry, the largest segment of FICO’s scoring portfolio. He joins FICO from Intelligent Results, where he was general manager of the company’s financial services business unit. Shand also has served in senior credit and risk management roles with Discover Card, Merrick Bank and First Consumers’ National Bank, as well as predictive analytics leadership roles at FICO and TruLiance LLC.
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With over 10 billion FICO® Scores used annually worldwide to empower lenders to make credit decisions, the FICO® Score has become the standard measure of credit risk worldwide. FICO® Scores are used today in more than 20 countries on five continents, as well as all of the top 50 U.S. financial institutions and both the 25 largest U.S. credit card issuers and auto lenders. The latest FICO® Score version, the FICO® 8 Score, has already been adopted by more than 7,000 lenders.
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