Bauer Harris Assists PREMIER Bankcard in the Recruitment of New President

February 13, 2023 – Boston, MA-based executive search firm Bauer Harris has helped to place Benvenuto Marcello as president of PREMIER Bankcard, the 9th largest issuer of Mastercard credit cards in the U.S. The assignment was led by Bauer Harris founding partner, Brad Bauer. Mr. Marcello was selected from a strong group of qualified finalist candidates.

Mr. Marcello is global executive with a track record of innovation, intercultural intelligence, and record-breaking financial results. He most recently served as vice president, consumer lending & credit cards – strategy, product, and innovation at First Tech Federal Credit Union, one of the largest financial co-ops in the U.S., serving more than 540,000 members and companies like HP, Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, and more.

Prior to that, Mr. Marcello was chief strategy officer and an executive board member, U.S. operation for Home Credit International, a subsidiary of PPF Group.

Reporting to the CEO and board of directors, Mr. Marcello will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational performance of PREMIER Bankcard and the company’s growth and profitability.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, PREMIER Bankcard has served millions of customers nationwide and is a four-time recipient of Mastercard’s Performance Excellence Award.

Bauer Harris is a national executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of C-suite executives and their direct reports. Search practices include: financial services and fintech, private equity, healthcare, industrial, non-profit, professional services, consumer goods and services, and technology.

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Mr. Bauer is a founding partner of Bauer Harris and has over 20 years’ experience in executive search and consulting. Throughout his search career, he has been a trusted partner and advisor to his clients, Fortune 500 to middle-market companies to emerging, well-funded start-ups. His expertise encompasses healthcare, financial services, non-profits, professional services, technology development, as well as private equity, manufacturing, and distribution.

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Mr. Bauer consults with CEOs, CHROs, investors, boards, and other business leaders in solving a diverse array of talent management, leadership, M&A, recruitment, compensation, and succession issues. His experience includes the placement of C-suite roles such as chief executive officers, presidents, executive directors, chief financial officers, executive vice presidents, chief information officers, chief marketing officers, senior vice presidents, vice presidents, and national directors.

Prior to Bauer Harris, Mr. Bauer was a founding partner of Randstad’s Tatum Executive Search practice and was president and founder of the Bird Dog Recruiting Inc. companies—Bird Dog Executive Search, BDR Healthcare, and Bird Dog Recruiting.

Jeff Harris, also a founding partner of Bauer Harris, is an advocate and advisor to his clients in helping them identify senior-level executive talent at critical inflection points. Mr. Harris has more than 20 years of experience in executive search, management consulting, and sales across multiple industries

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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