Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM), a diversified consumer finance company, announced today that it has appointed Chris Peterson to the newly created position of Chief Data and Analytics Officer, effective immediately.
“Chris’s distinguished career and vast expertise in data sciences make him the ideal fit to head our data and analytics team in support of our growth strategies, including our digital initiatives,” said Rob Beck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Management Corp. “We have generated considerable growth in 2021 in digitally-sourced originations, and with the addition of Chris, we are further strengthening our investment in our omni-channel model. Chris will also be a driving force in further optimizing our underwriting and risk management capabilities, including through the introduction of alternative data sources, which will help to ensure that we continue to generate sustainable long-term growth and value for our shareholders.”
Mr. Peterson has over 20 years of digitally-driven data and analytics experience, with extensive expertise in technology, analytics, data systems, and risk management. Mr. Peterson spent the last 15 years at Capital One, where he was most recently the Head of Data Science and Data Strategy for Capital One’s Card business, leading the modeling teams that developed core underwriting, marketing, valuation and fraud models utilizing the power of machine learning, large-scale data processing, and cloud architecture. Additionally, he brought many new alternative data sources into use and enhanced the architecture and usability of existing data sources to greatly increase the quality of information used in underwriting. He also held various lead positions within the Model Risk Office at Capital One, including Assistant Chief Model Risk Officer. Mr. Peterson received his BS and MS in Statistics from Brigham Young University.
“I am excited to join Regional and to be working with such a talented and collaborative team,” said Mr. Peterson. “Regional has made significant strides with its digital initiatives, and as we further evolve our omni-channel strategy, I believe there is a wealth of opportunity to optimize our data and analytical capabilities, allowing us to capture additional market share and to grow our top and bottom lines.”
About Regional Management Corp.
Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) is a diversified consumer finance company that provides attractive, easy-to-understand installment loan products primarily to customers with limited access to consumer credit from banks, thrifts, credit card companies, and other lenders. Regional Management operates under the name “Regional Finance” in 368 branch locations across 12 states in the Southeastern, Southwestern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern United States, as of June 30, 2021. Most of its loan products are secured, and each is structured on a fixed rate, fixed term basis with fully amortizing equal monthly installment payments, repayable at any time without penalty. Regional Management sources loans through its multiple channel platform, which includes branches, centrally-managed direct mail campaigns, digital partners, retailers, and its consumer website. For more information, please visit www.RegionalManagement.com.
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Factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: risks related to Regional Management’s business, including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Regional Management’s operations and financial condition; managing growth effectively, implementing Regional Management’s growth strategy, and opening new branches as planned; Regional Management’s convenience check strategy; Regional Management’s policies and procedures for underwriting, processing, and servicing loans; Regional Management’s ability to collect on its loan portfolio; Regional Management’s insurance operations; exposure to credit risk and repayment risk, which risks may increase in light of adverse or recessionary economic conditions; the implementation of new underwriting models and processes, including as to the effectiveness of new custom scorecards; changes in the competitive environment in which Regional Management operates or a decrease in the demand for its products; the geographic concentration of Regional Management’s loan portfolio; the failure of third-party service providers, including those providing information technology products; changes in economic conditions in the markets Regional Management serves, including levels of unemployment and bankruptcies; the ability to achieve successful acquisitions and strategic alliances; the ability to make technological improvements as quickly as competitors; security breaches, cyber-attacks, failures in information systems, or fraudulent activity; the ability to originate loans; reliance on information technology resources and providers, including the risk of prolonged system outages; changes in current revenue and expense trends, including trends affecting delinquencies and credit losses; changes in operating and administrative expenses; the departure, transition, or replacement of key personnel; the ability to timely and effectively implement, transition to, and maintain the necessary information technology systems, infrastructure, processes, and controls to support Regional Management’s operations and initiatives; changes in interest rates; existing sources of liquidity may become insufficient or access to these sources may become unexpectedly restricted; exposure to financial risk due to asset-backed securitization transactions; risks related to regulation and legal proceedings, including changes in laws or regulations or in the interpretation or enforcement of laws or regulations; changes in accounting standards, rules, and interpretations and the failure of related assumptions and estimates, including those associated with the implementation of CECL accounting; the impact of changes in tax laws, guidance, and interpretations, including the timing and amount of revenues that may be recognized; risks related to the ownership of Regional Management’s common stock, including volatility in the market price of shares of Regional Management’s common stock; the timing and amount of future cash dividend payments; and anti-takeover provisions in Regional Management’s charter documents and applicable state law. The COVID-19 pandemic may also magnify many of these risks and uncertainties.
The foregoing factors and others are discussed in greater detail in Regional Management’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Regional Management will not update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or the non-occurrence of anticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law. Regional Management is not responsible for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet services.
Garrett Edson, (203) 682-8331