CSI, a leading provider of end-to-end fintech and regtech solutions, announced today the hiring of industry veteran Linda Fischer as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). In addition, CSI is further bolstering its executive leadership team, announcing the hiring of John Blevin as senior vice president and general counsel as well as several promotions: Kurt Guenther to chief revenue officer (CRO), Allison Maddock to chief product officer (CPO) and Tara Schultz to senior vice president of strategy.
Fischer joins CSI with more than 35 years of enterprise technology experience. She has held numerous executive and operational leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president and general manager of NCR’s hospitality division. Prior to NCR, Fischer was vice president of sales, marketing and client services for CoreLogic’s insurance vertical. She began her career at FIS (formerly Metavante) and, over the course of nearly three decades, rose through the ranks of development, implementation, customer support and operations, product management and go to market before ultimately ascending to senior vice president of sales and strategic account management.
“Throughout my career, I was familiar with CSI’s reputation for strong execution and a relentless focus on the customer, a mentality that aligns with my values and was part of the draw to join CSI,” Fischer said. “I’ve watched as consumer preferences for seamless, digital technology turned to demand, and ultimately, presumption. CSI has a great opportunity to influence the market and empower community banks along their journeys to address and exceed consumer needs and expectations with the right technology. I’m delighted to join CSI’s leadership team and use my broad range of experience to help execute CSI’s vision to best serve its customers.”
As COO, Fischer will lead CSI’s customer experience teams, operations and product strategy, leveraging her extensive experience in the financial, insurance, retail and hospitality industries. Her tenure in the fintech industry and deep enterprise background will empower CSI with operational continuity, enabling the company to develop and execute on organizational strategies that streamline the execution and service of the company’s leading suite of solutions.
“We are excited to welcome Linda to CSI as we double down on our customer-focused mindset and long-term technology roadmap,” said David Culbertson, CEO and president of CSI. “Our strategy to grow our solutions portfolio relies on meeting customers’ needs and developing products that solve tomorrow’s challenges today. Linda’s rich background in sales, business development, product go-to-market strategies and customer care will be an invaluable asset to our already robust executive leadership team.”
In addition, CSI adds John Blevin to its executive team as senior vice president and general counsel, bringing a previously outsourced role inside the company. Blevin will now lead CSI’s legal, compliance and ethics functions. Over nearly two decades, he has advised financial industry organizations like Visa on corporate development, revenue, product, mergers and acquisitions and risk mitigation strategies.
The appointments of Fischer and Blevin follow the promotions of Kurt Guenther, formerly the president of CSI’s Business Solutions Group, to chief revenue officer, Allison Maddock, formerly vice president of product management, to chief product officer, and Tara Schultz, formerly vice president of open banking, to senior vice president of strategy.
“Kurt, Allison and Tara are each integral parts of our leadership team, and their dedication to establishing CSI’s reputation as a cutting-edge industry leader has already proven successful in accelerating our growth,” Culbertson continued. “Elevating them, and adding John’s unique qualifications to our team, further accentuates our new era as a private company. I look forward to working closely with the entire executive team to deliver exceptional products and services to our growing customer base.”
Guenther’s new role as CRO provides strategic leadership for CSI’s sales and revenue-generating teams. He joined CSI in 2019, heading up the company’s managed services and regulatory compliance solutions. During his nearly 40 years in the financial industry, he served as head of U.S. banking and capital markets for SAP and held various leadership positions at Fiserv.
Maddock joined CSI in 2022 and has quickly risen to CPO, where she leads the company’s strategy, development and implementation of its broad suite of fintech and regtech products. Her extensive career in product management and operations spans more than 20 years and includes executive-level leadership roles with Franklin American Mortgage Company, a division of Citizens Bank, N.A., and Ramsey Solutions.
Schultz’s advancement is the latest in a line of promotions over her nearly 15 years at CSI. Her new role includes developing corporate strategies to accelerate revenue growth through new products, partnerships and acquisitions. Her experience in the fintech and financial services industry has centered on modernizing and expanding API infrastructure, growing a diverse set of fintech partnerships and expanding CSI’s solutions to new markets that benefit community financial institutions as sponsor banks.