October 6, 2015 – Longitude Partners, Inc., an executive recruiting firm for investors and operators in the specialty finance sector, has appointed Mike Walrod as practice leader for strategic transformation.
“I’m truly excited to add Mike’s deep industry expertise, insight and experience,” said Kim Anderson, chief executive officer of Longitude Partners. “His record of enabling profitable, strategic and operational growth will directly help our clients profit from the market disruption occurring in financial services.”
Mr. Walrod oversaw the growth of the retail channel to more than 600 locations across 23 states during 22 years with QC Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded specialty finance pioneer. He was instrumental in creating multiple new products and operating divisions to enable growth, and facilitated the use of data and analytics to dramatically improve business outcomes. Mr. Walrod has developed high-performing teams in marketing, product development, training, data and analytics and collections, and unified those teams across disciplines to achieve difficult, complex objectives.
“We’re offering specialty finance firms the keys to taking control of their future by strategically transforming their business,” said Mr. Walrod. “While no one strategy is right for every situation, firms who better align their products and services with a deep understanding of their customers, balance compliance with growth and the economic impact of regulation, and leverage technology to extend the lifetime value of their customers will be able to profit from market disruption.”
Founded in 2002, Longitude Partners provides executive leadership development and executive recruiting services to credit, analytics, payments and related fintech firms with an emphasis in the specialty finance segment. The firm helps operator, investors and industry associations acquire top tier leadership talent and improve overall return on investment.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media