Finder appoints Viacom CBS’ Chris Ellis as CEO

Comparison site Finder has appointed Chris Ellis as its new CEO following an 18-month search. Ellis joins from Viacom CBS where he was vice president of commercial and business development.

In the newly-created role, Ellis will focus on growing and scaling Finder’s business in Australia.

Prior to Viacom CBS, Ellis held senior roles with MySpace, AOL and co-founded cloud management tool Gorilla Stack.

Ellis said he was excited to join the business and continue its Australian trajectory.

“Finder has a really exciting growth story and an incredibly talented team who are committed to the next phase of the company’s success,” said Ellis.

“I’m thrilled to be working closely with the founders and the crew to elevate Finder’s offering in Australia and deliver on our mission to help Australians make better financial decisions every day – especially important in these uncertain times.”

Ellis said his priority was to enable Finder to scale up operations in a disciplined way, with a focus on deepening existing and building new partnerships.

“Finder has enormous potential, particularly as technology and open banking evolves and creates new opportunities. We have a terrific foundation – our brand has never been stronger or more relevant. Our pipeline of new products and innovation has never been more robust – the recent app launch being a recent example,” he said.

Ellis’ strong history in business development coupled with his long-standing digital experience made him the standout for the role, said Frank Restuccia, Finder founder and global co-CEO.

“We searched high and low for the best candidate over a lengthy 18-month period and Chris was the standout person. Chris is a passionate digital business leader with an entrepreneurial drive and I am excited to have him lead our business here in Australia”, Restuccia said.

Fred Schebesta, Finder founder and global co-CEO echoed the sentiment.

“This is a critical hire for Finder just like every hire is, as we look to take Finder to new global heights despite the increasingly challenging environment people are facing around the world,” Schebesta said.

“I look forward to having Chris join our global senior leadership team and serve to empower more Australians to make great decisions for their life.”

Ellis’ appointment is effective immediately. His departure from Viacom CBS follows two leadership restructures for the business, including the departure of Ten CEO Paul Anderson.


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