Oddbjørn Berentsen – CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

  • CEO of Lea Bank since inception in 2016. Mr. Berentsen has more than 15 years of leadership experience from various positions within consumer finance, digital banking, IT and telecom.
  • Selected previous positions include CEO BRAbank ASA , CEO Easybank ASA, Nordic Customer Deposits Director in Santander, Director Consumer Market in Microsoft, Sales and Marketing Director in yA Bank and Director & Head of Nordic Distribution in Telenor.
  • Executive Management Program, INSEAD - Executive MBA in Strategic Management, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - M.Sc. In Economics and Business Administration (Siviløkonom) specializing in finance, BI Norwegian Business School/HHB.

Gard Haugen – CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

  • Mr. Haugen has over 20 years of experience from finance functions whereof last 9 years as CFO within consumer finance banks. He also has international experience from large companies like Ernst & Young.
  • Selected positions include founder and CFO in Instabank, CFO in yA Bank, Partner in ABG Sundal Collier, Finance Director Central Europe South in Ernst & Young.
  • M. Sc. Business and Economics (Siviløkonom), Specializing in Accounting, Financial Management, and Taxation, BI Norwegian Business School.

Christian W. Svendsen – COO and CCO (Chief Operation and Credit Officer)

  • COO and COO since inception in 2016. Mr. Svendsen has vast experience from the consumer finance industry, and has worked with both large international companies as well as Norwegian start-ups.
  • Selected positions include Nordic Business Development Director in Santander Consumer Bank, Credit Risk Director in Santander Consumer Bank, Head of Credit Risk Acquisition in EnterCard, Head of Credit and Analytics in yA Bank, Head of Marketing in yA Bank and Head of Consumer Finance in
  • M. Sc. Economics and specialization in Quantitative Methods, Stockholm University. MBA, Heriot Watt University – Business School. Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate, Stanford University.

Ali Khan - CTO (Chief Technology Officer)

  • Over 20 years of experience within IT, Software development and Project management, of which 17 years from Banking/Finance, primarily within Consumer Finance
  • Selected positions: Head of Project management office in yA Bank, Advisory Project Manager in Banqsoft, Program Manager PSD2 project in Resurs Bank
  • B.Sc. in Information Technology, Den Polytekniske Høgskolen

Geir Jørgensen - CRO and CCO (Chief Risk and Compliance Officer)

  • CRO and CCO in Lea Bank since inception in 2016. Mr. Jørgensen has extensive experience from financing and banking with focus on start-ups, compliance, risk management, operations, business planning and management.
  • Selected positions include Founder & CEO of First Privatlease, CFO of Motorpool Handel, Consultant in Reaktor AS, Head of Credit and Customer service in BMW Financial Services and consultant in Volvo Finans Norge.
  • B. Sc. Business Administration, BI Norwegian Business School.

Kristin M. Vanni – CCO B2C (Chief Commercial Officer) and Operation

  • CCO since inception in 2016. Over 20 years of experience from consumer finance and Santander Consumer Bank AS - Head of Operation for Consumer Loan and Auto P2P.
  • Experience from several projects within Santander Consumer Loans. Selected projects include starting up Consumer Loans in Denmark and Sweden, Process Optimization and Profit Optimization.
  • B.Sc. in Auditing and B.Sc. in Statistics, University of San Francisco, Associate of Arts in International Business, MIU Oslo.