Chief Executive Officer
Glen Wakeman is a global consumer financial services executive with twenty years' experience as a leader in complex global financial organizations.
Glen became the CEO of Momentum Financial Services Group in January of 2017, assuming responsibility for enterprise transformation and growth. By focusing on data analytics, six sigma efficiency, and embedding compliance in our day-to-day routines, he has modernized the organization to facilitate continued evolution and growth.
Prior to joining Momentum Financial Services Group, during his 20-year career at GE Capital, Glen had roles of increasing responsibility in operations, technology, business development, P&L leadership, country leadership, and regional leadership. In a 5-year period, he built the GE Money Latin America Region from a start-up to a 9-country region with 17,000 employees, 1000 branches, and a wide range of lending and fee products that serviced over 5 million customers.
Glen's experience is diverse. He has lived in 6 countries and worked in 33. He has served as CEO of a regional bank, co-founder of a software start-up, writer, board member, strategic advisor, and CEO coach. He received his formative training at GE Capital and the University of Chicago.
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Melinda Marchesi leads all consumer-facing functions for Momentum Financial Services Group, including revenue growth strategy, products and services, retail operations, digital transformation, marketing, information technology, and customer relationship management. Her vision is to deliver exponential growth and modernize the customer experience using data analytics and technology.
Melinda is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience and repeated success in the financial services industry. She describes herself as an “executive obsessed with transformational marketing, product innovation, and growth,” and believes that having a comprehensive omnichannel view of customers and products – being where customers are − is the key to success.
Among Melinda’s career accomplishments are the successful launch of multiple new consumer platforms, digital transformation across a range of products, leading marketing, and customer communications, and building high-performing teams.
Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication at La Salle University. In addition, Melinda is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Education Fund and is active in the professional group for women executives, Chief.
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Scott Cohen is a financial services industry leader with over 25 years of diverse leadership experience across the finance discipline. From funding fintechs, to navigating the internet bubble, to rebuilding after the 2008 mortgage crisis, Scott has led a dynamic career helping companies navigate challenges and leverage opportunities to position for success.
Scott became the Chief Financial Officer of Momentum Financial Services Group in February 2020 after serving as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer for four years. As CFO, his mandate is to improve enterprise value and customer loyalty through automated, reliable, data-driven guidance. He focuses on data analytics, six sigma efficiency, and responsible practices.
Prior to joining Momentum Financial Services Group, Scott spent 10 years at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC), helping restructure and manage through the 2008 economic downturn. Scott was instrumental in the rebuilding of the company’s mortgage business and the divestiture of its European operations.
Prior to Ally, Scott held leadership roles within JPMorgan Chase and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Notably, his experience includes developing and structuring innovative finance products and leading teams engaged in over fifty acquisitions and accelerated transition projects.
Scott received his formative training at the University of California (Berkley) and Columbia Business School and has studied extensively at Cornell’s Change Management and Leadership Programs. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and valuation analyst.
Jim Odell is Momentum Financial Services Group’s EVP and General Counsel. He brings over 35 years of international experience in the financial services and banking industries, in both in-house general counsel roles and private practice.
Prior to joining Momentum Financial Services Group in April 2017, Jim served in general counsel roles at UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) and Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank, where he advised on many of the finance industry’s most significant transactions and regulatory matters, most notably during the financial crisis and its aftermath. He was a partner and the head of the financial services and capital markets practice groups at several prominent NY-based law firms. In private practice, Jim concentrated on M&A, finance, financial services, banking, and securities regulation.
Jim's experience extends to a wide range of businesses within the financial services industry, including commercial and investment banking, consumer and private banking, brokerage, asset management, fintech, non-bank lending and financial services, payment services, settlement, and clearing. He has an established record of leading large, complex legal and compliance teams, as well as liaising with international, federal, and state banking and commercial regulatory authorities, including the Federal Reserve, the US Treasury, the CFPB, federal and state business, securities, and banking regulators, and law enforcement.
Jim earned his juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Rob Cornish joined Momentum Financial Services Group in 2019. As Chief HR Officer, he leads the organization’s overall people strategy: talent acquisition, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational design, employee engagement, and culture. Rob’s mandate is to support the company’s business goals by helping each Momentum Financial Services Group employee succeed.
Rob’s HR career spans 30 years of varied human resources leadership. He previously led HR and Employee Relation teams as VP, Human Resources at OneMain Financial. He also has experience providing strategic HR guidance to a diverse array of businesses in a private HR consulting practice.
Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iona College.
EVP, Chief Risk and Analytics Officer
Amit Jain is Momentum Financial Services Group Chief Risk and Analytics Officer. He leads our enterprise risk management, enterprise analytics, artificial intelligence & machine learning, and credit strategy, and oversees the company’s data strategy. He is an accomplished financial services leader with over 20 years of experience in consumer finance and specialty lending environments.
Amit is a passionate, versatile, and results-oriented leader who is committed to driving transformational change and sound profitable growth. He is known for his passion to solve complex business problems by leveraging innovation, creative solutions, and strategic thinking. Throughout his career, Amit has created a culture of innovation, collaboration, respect, discipline, and responsible conduct within the various teams and organizations he has led.
Amit holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Arts in Economics from Punjab University and he completed his MBA in Finance at Cleveland State University. In addition, Amit is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and has completed certificate programs in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from MIT and Stanford University respectively.