Renaud Laplanche

Renaud is co-founder and CEO of Upgrade, a consumer credit platform that offers personal loans together with credit monitoring and education, helping consumers better understand and manage their credit and obtain more affordable credit. Prior to co-founding Upgrade, Renaud co-founded and was CEO of Lending Club, America’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors.

In recent years Renaud received multiple awards and nominations, including being featured on Bloomberg Markets’ 2015 Most Influential List, an annual ranking of the World’s top 50 most influential leaders across technology, finance and politics. He was ranked one of the top CEOs by Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards in 2015 with a 97% approval rate from Lending Club employees, and was named the “best start-up CEO to work for” by Business Insider in 2014. Renaud also won the Economist Innovation Award in 2014 in the Consumer Products category. Renaud also won three world speed sailing records and still holds the Newport-Bermuda course record.

Renaud holds an MBA from HEC and London Business School and a JD from Montpellier University.

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