Principals and senior management have held senior leadership roles in Fortune 100 Companies and have deep industry and technical expertise.
Mark ParsellsExecutive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Parsells is a seasoned senior financial services executive having run multi-billion dollar divisions for Citigroup, American Express and Bank One, a start-up business for AIG, Prudential and Kemper, and an early-stage company backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Parsells has significant experience in running online and highly technical businesses as a successful CEO, President, COO, Chairman, and Corporate Director. He is a recognized operating manager as well as a start-up and turn-around expert. In addition, Mr. Parsells served as the Chief Compliance Officer of the $105B American Express division that managed relationships with merchants that accepted the Card for payments. At Bank One, as Chief Privacy Officer, Mr. Parsells spearheaded the development of industry leading consumer data protection policies that ensured all data had the highest levels of encryption. His policies dramatically restricted the sharing of consumer data both internally and externally. He met with numerous state attorney generals as well as Federal regulatory and elected officials to promote the safe and proper handling of consumer financial data. He is a recognized expert on privacy and data security. Mr. Parsells holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University, a Master of Business Administration from both Cornell University and Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School and is an alumnus of the General Manager Program of the Harvard Business School.
Chief Marketing and Product Officer
Todd is an accomplished business executive with more than 25 years of experience creating and launching innovative products and improving profitability for high growth organizations. Todd spent 15 years at credit card company MBNA America where he held a wide range of leadership positions as a Senior Executive Vice President and member of the Senior Operating Committee. His responsibilities included product development, e-commerce, project management for major initiatives, CRM strategies, Alliance programs, and corporate revenue and analytics. He had significant roles in designing, creating and launching several major initiatives including a comprehensive cross selling platform, rewards platform and launch of an American Express program. Todd is an investor and former President of CRM manager, a Salesforce.com consulting firm partly owned by Salesforce.com. Todd’s other experience includes serving as Managing Director at Freeh Group International in Wilmington, DE where he worked with former senior FBI and law enforcement personnel on compliance and security related matters. Todd began his career at EMC Corporation, in Hopkinton, MA where he held senior positions in sales and marketing. As one of the first 25 employees in this fast growing technology company, he was an integral part of the team that built one of the finest sales organizations in the technology industry and was recognized as the top global district manager while serving in the United Kingdom. Todd holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Boston College.
Managing Director, General Counsel
Ben Kahrl is the acting General Counsel of Global Debt Registry. Prior to going to GDR, Mr. Kahrl was a principal in the national law firm Kahrl Wutscher LLP with a litigation practice representing mortgage lenders, as well as mortgage loan servicers, mortgage loan investors, and other consumer lending industry participants. He has been a frequent speaker on legal and technology issues for the mortgage banking industry, having given presentations to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, the American Legal and Financial Network, the USFN, the Federal Trade Commission and the annual membership conferences hosted by MERSCORP, Inc. He is the co-author of "Can Reckless Mortgage Underwriting Practices Constitute a Defect in Title?," 16 Business Torts Journal 3 (Spring 2009). He was a featured lecturer for the American Bar Association teleconference "Title Insurer v. Lender Amidst the Foreclosure Crisis," and has co-taught a CLE to title lawyers for the Rhode Island Bar. He teaches real property law for the Institute for U.S. Law at George Washington University Law School, and has appeared as a guest legal expert on the "Tomorrow's Business" radio program in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kahrl is licensed to practice in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the American Bar Association's Committee on Consumer Finance Services. Mr. Kahrl received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from UCLA, and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he represented the school in the National Trial Competition and the Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Managing Director, Compliance, Privacy and Risk
Mr. Mertz, known for his deep industry expertise, brings more than 25 years of experience with information technology, compliance, privacy, and risk management to GDR. Mr Mertz has spoken and written extensively on security, data integrity, and compliance issues. Mr. Mertz recently was president of his own consulting firm specializing in compliance, security, and risk with a significant focus on the ARM industry. Mr. Mertz attended Rockhurst University.
Robert BrownChief Architect
Robert Brown is the Chief Architect for Global Debt Registry. He has more than 25 years experience in banking and technology. Prior to GDR he worked for Barclaycard US, Juniper Bank and MBNA. At Juniper Bank he was the Chief Architect and one of the first 20 employees. After Barclaycard US acquired Juniper he played several senior roles managing architecture, development and project management.