Industry veteran will lead the US expansion of the UK-based organization
BOSTON, Mass., February 18, 2020 Salary Finance, the leading global provider of financial education and salary-linked savings and loans for employees, today announced the appointment of Anita Ward to Chief Development Officer to lead the US expansion of the business. Ward joins Salary Finance after serving as President and Chief Transformation Officer of global non-profit Operation HOPE. where she led the company through a period of more than 500% growth.
“I am truly honored to lead the development efforts of Salary Finance to provide financial wellbeing and dignity to American workers”, said Ward. “Employers are quickly realizing that employee mental and physical health is heavily influenced by their financial health, and that employees who are financially stable and secure are more focused and happier on the job. At a time when over 40% of Americans struggle to make ends meet, employers have an opportunity to lean in by offering benefits that support emergencies, unexpected expenses, and affordable access to credit. I am delighted to bring the Salary Finance solution to US employers.”
Through their benefits and wellbeing programs, companies are uniquely positioned to foster a new era of financial empowerment for employees by providing access to capital at lower rates than traditional options, by offering tools for savings, and by enabling financial dignity in the workplace through education and resources. Salary Finance is disrupting financial services by disintermediating the predatory, high-cost methods of borrowing money and empowering vulnerable people with tools, education, and access to better saving and borrowing options.
“Anita brings to the table a fresh vision of our business, a shelf full of professional accolades, and the industry’s respect for developing programs that aid people,” said Dan Macklin, Salary Finance CEO US. “Her business acumen coupled with her compassion and deep understanding of human behavior is a combination you don’t come across often, which is why we are thrilled to have her on board as part of our leadership team. Anita is recognized by her peers as a trailblazer for transformational change, and she’ll be instrumental in helping us pave the path for millions of consumers looking to build a stronger financial future.”
Ward has played an instrumental role in the transformation of many companies and industries through the delivery of innovative technologies, the implementation of cultures and values, and the design of effective strategies. These companies include Chase Bank, Safelite Autoglass, American General Insurance, and Occidental Petroleum. As a cultural anthropologist, Ward’s focus is on human behavior, underlying value systems, and sustainable change. Outside of Salary Finance, Ward is a leader on topics including diversity and inclusion, innovation, corporate culture, and technology’s impact on business.
In her role as Chief Development Officer, Ms. Ward will oversee business development and leverage her experience to foster a culture of collaboration and results through people development and performance accountability.
About Salary Finance
Founded in 2015, Salary Finance is an award-winning organization that partners with employers to offer financial wellness solutions that help employees improve their lives by improving their finances. A company underpinned by a social purpose, we’re driven by an ambitious mission in the US: To help 10 million Americans out of debt and into savings. Salary Finance is a United Way Worldwide corporate partner and works with over 150 of the world’s leading employers. To learn more, please visit www.salaryfinance.com.