Penta, the digital SME banking upstart, appoints co-founder of solarisBank as new CEO

Hon on the heels of being obtained by business contractor Finleap , German SME banking upstart Penta has actually designated a brand-new CEO.

Marko Wenthin, who formerly co-founded solarisBank (the banking-as-a-service utilized by Penta), is now directing the business, having actually changed outbound CEO and Penta co-founder Lav Odorovićć.


I comprehend Odorovi ć left Penta last month after it was equally concurred with brand-new owner Finleap that a CEO with more experience scaling must be generated. The Penta co-founder stays an investor in the SME banking fintech and is believed to be considering up his next endeavor.

Wenthin, who stays on the board of solarisBank according to LinkedIn, stepped down from the banking-as-a-service’s executive group in late 2018 pointing out “health factors” and stating that he required to concentrate on his healing. It’s not understood what those health concerns were, although, regardless, it’s great to see that he’s well-enough to use up a brand-new function as Penta CEO.

Asked to discuss Odorovićć’s departure, Penta released the following declaration:

” Lav is still part of the investors at Penta. His action back from the functional management group was a choice taken by shared arrangement. Lav was the best fit throughout the structure stage of Penta, however by getting in a brand-new action of development, the business deals with larger obstacles and requires for that reason to place itself in a different way”.

Penta states that in his brand-new management function, Wenthin, who formerly invested 16 years at Deutsche Bank, will lead worldwide growth — — next stop Italy — — and start to market the fintech to bigger SMEs in addition to its initial concentrate on early-stage start-ups and other little digital business. “In the future, the focus will be likewise on standard medium-sized business,” states Penta.

Adds Wenthin in a declaration: ““ I am quite anticipating my brand-new function at Penta. On the one hand, digital banking for medium-sized and little business is really essential to me, as they are the motorist of the economy and I have actually invested the majority of my profession in this section. On the other hand, I have actually understood Penta and the group for a very long time as effective partners of solarisBank. Penta is the very best example of how an extremely concentrated banking supplier can develop genuine, digital included worth for a whole consumer section in cooperation with a banking-as-a-service platform”.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch comprehends that Odorovićć’s departure and the visit of Wenthin isn’t the only current workers alter within Penta’s management group. According to LinkedIn, Aleksandar Orlic, who held the position of CTO, left the business last month. “We are looking for a brand-new CTO,” stated a Penta representative.

Alongside Wenthin, that leaves Penta’s present management group as Jessica Holzbach (Chief Customer Officer), Luka Ivicevic (Chief of Staff), Lukas Zörner (Chief Product Officer (CPO) and Matteo Concas (Chief Marketing Officer).


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