Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
John Chrystal joined MoneyLion in 2016. Mr. Chrystal currently serves as an independent director of Regatta Loan Management LLC and a board member of Sac City Holdings, Ltd., a single bank holding company, and also serves as President of Bent Gate Management Company and C3 Management Company, two farm management companies. Previously, from June 2013 until February 2022, he served as a director of The Bancorp and its subsidiaries, including serving as Vice Chairman beginning in April 2017 and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Bancorp, Inc. and President of The Bancorp Bank from December 2015 through May 2016. Mr. Chrystal also previously served as a director of numerous special purpose acquisition companies from 2019 to 2022 and an advisor to Monroe Capital LLC and its affiliated funds from 2017 to 2022, and served as a director of the Trust for Advised Portfolios from 2010 to 2022. Mr. Chrystal brings more than 35 years of experience as a highly-regarded financial services leader to MoneyLion. Mr. Chrystal was also a Managing Member of Bent Gate Advisors, LLC, the Chief Risk Officer of DiMaio Ahmad Capital, and was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse entities, with oversight of asset management and financial products functions. Mr. Chrystal received an MBA from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. Mr. Chrystal is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in the financial services industry and his prior track record as a senior executive and director.
Dwight L. Bush
Dwight Bush joined MoneyLion in 2021. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco under President Barack Obama, from 2014-2017. Mr. Bush is a highly accomplished business executive with a background in banking and finance, corporate management and public company and private organization governance. Mr. Bush is Chief Executive Officer of D.L. Bush & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based strategy and business advisory firm. Mr. Bush is currently advising several multinational companies and investors on investment projects in the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America and has served as Advisor to the Rock Creek Group since 2022. Mr. Bush also serves as a trustee of Goldman Sachs Trust and Goldman Sachs Variable Insurance Trust. Starting in 1979, Mr. Bush joined Chase Manhattan Bank, where he enjoyed a 15-year career that included international corporate banking assignments in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, and corporate finance and project finance in New York and Washington, D.C. After 15 years at Chase, Mr. Bush had risen to Managing Director in the Project Finance Group when he resigned and joined Sallie Mae Corporation, serving as Vice President of Corporate Development from 1994 to 1997. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Bush worked as a Principal at Stuart Mill Capital, LLC; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SatoTravel Holdings, Inc.; and Vice Chairman at Enhanced Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Bush was President and CEO of Urban Trust Bank, Urban Trust Holdings and President of UTB Education Finance, LLC from 2006 through 2008. In addition to his corporate work, Mr. Bush has been active in non-profit governance, including serving on the boards of trustees or directors of CARE’s Global Leaders Network, Cornell University, The GAVI Alliance and The Middle East Investment Initiative. Mr. Bush holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University. Mr. Bush is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience as a senior executive in the financial services industry and his prior track record in the private sector and as a government official.
Founder and CEO
Diwakar (Dee) Choubey co-founded MoneyLion in 2013 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since inception. Prior to co-founding MoneyLion, Mr. Choubey was a senior investment banking professional at Barclays from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Choubey was a Vice President at Citadel Securities from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Choubey was an investment banking professional at Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2009 and Citigroup from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Choubey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from the University of Chicago. Mr. Choubey is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MoneyLion.
Matt Derella joined MoneyLion in 2021. Mr. Derella currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyte, a private company that uses data and AI to create high-performing, diverse and productive technology workforces, since joining in December 2022 and has served as a board member of Catalyte since March 2022. Since September 2021, he has also served as an advisor to 01 Advisors, a venture capital firm, to help early stage companies scale their customer base and operations. Mr. Derella previously served as Chief Customer Officer for Twitter, a global telecommunications platform, during which his responsibilities included revenue performance, content partnerships, country operations and customer service around the world. Prior to that position, he served as Global Vice President, Revenue & Operations at Twitter starting in 2016. Prior to joining Twitter, Mr. Derella spent five years at Google where he held various leadership roles, including taking YouTube into the television marketplace with their first Brandcast event. He holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Derella is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in the C-suite of several prominent technology companies and his proven ability to help drive scale and growth.
Jeffrey Gary joined MoneyLion in 2020. Mr. Gary has a 30-year track record in the financial services industry, including significant fintech, financial services, investment and merger and acquisition experience. He is an experienced board member and investor, having worked on numerous transactions with SPACs and public and private equity companies and has directly led audit, fiduciary, and corporate governance committees of these companies. He currently sits on the boards of directors of Insight Acquisition Corp., a SPAC company, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and Arca U.S. Treasury Mutual Fund, the first SEC-registered StableCoin mutual fund. Mr. Gary also sits on the advisory boards for three other fintech companies, DealBox (since May 2019), TokenPlace (since September 2020) and Total Network Service/Digital Names (since May 2019). Previously, Mr. Gary served on the board of directors of Fusion Acquisition Corp II (February 2021 to January 2022), where he also served as Chief Financial Officer; National Holdings Corporation (February 2019 to March 2021), where he was the Audit Committee Chair; and the Axonic Alternative Income Mutual Fund (October 2018 to March 2020). Mr. Gary has also served as a senior portfolio manager and led investment teams at Avenue Capital Group (from January 2012 to July 2018), where he worked closely with the SPAC investment team on their two completed SPAC transactions in 2015 and in 2017; Third Avenue (from May 2009 to December 2010), BlackRock, Inc. (from September 2003 to December 2008), AIG/American General (from May 1998 to September 2003) and Koch Industries (from September 1996 to April 1998) where he invested across all asset classes with a focus on the high-yield, bank loan and distressed markets. For over 15 years, Mr. Gary was the portfolio manager for numerous NYSE-listed funds. Mr. Gary also sat as an investment committee member at BlackRock Capital BDC from February 2005 to December 2008, where he was involved with the review and approval of all private equity and credit investments, and was a team member in the launch and initial public offering of BKCC. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior auditor from September 1984 to June 1987 and later as a senior analyst at Citigroup from July 1987 to July 1988. From August 1988 to December 2002, Mr. Gary was an investment banker at Mesirow Financial. From January 1993 to August 1996, he was a senior distressed analyst at Cargill, Inc. Mr. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 1991. Mr. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Gary is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in the financial services industry and his prior track record as a senior executive and director of Fusion.
Lisa Gersh joined MoneyLion in 2021. From October 2017 to October 2018, Ms. Gersh served as Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Wang, a global fashion brand based in New York City. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Gersh transformed Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, Goop, Inc. (“Goop”), into the first contextual commerce brand, overseeing the launch of Goop’s e-commerce store, skincare and fashion lines and created Goop’s pop-up retail strategy. In 2011, Ms. Gersh took over the operations of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., first as President and later as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Gersh co-founded Oxygen Media (“Oxygen”), the first ever multi-platform brand and created content for women, by women, in 1999 and remained its President and Chief Operating Officer until the company’s sale to NBC in 2007. Following the sale of Oxygen, Ms. Gersh joined NBC and spearheaded NBC’s acquisition of The Weather Channel, serving briefly as its interim Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Gersh began her career as a lawyer, first as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and then as a Partner at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP, which Ms. Gersh co-founded. Currently, Ms. Gersh serves on the board of directors of Hasbro, Inc., where she is the Chair of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of Jones Road, the Samsung Retail Advisory Board and The Bail Project, a national non-profit organization. Ms. Gersh previously served on the board of directors of Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, Ltd., where she was the Chair of the Compensation Committee and served on the Audit Committee, Establishment Labs Holdings Inc., TheKnot.com, comScore, Inc. and XO Group Inc. Ms. Gersh holds a B.A. from SUNY Binghamton and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School. Ms. Gersh is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of her extensive experience in the retail industry and her prior track record as a senior executive and a director on the boards of public companies.
Annette Nazareth joined MoneyLion in 2021. She currently serves as a Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she worked from 2008 to 2021. Prior to her retirement, she led Davis Polk’s Trading and Markets practice in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. She also served as head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Nazareth is an experienced financial markets regulator, former SEC Commissioner, and recognized authority on financial markets regulatory issues. She regularly advised boards of directors on corporate governance matters and corporations that were subject to regulatory and enforcement actions. She also advised domestic and international clients, including broker-dealers, swap dealers, exchanges, clearinghouses and other financial institutions, across a broad range of complex financial regulatory and legislative matters. Ms. Nazareth currently serves on the board of Broadridge Financial Solutions and as Chair of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, an organization that sets international standards for high integrity carbon credits. She also serves on several not-for-profit boards, including: Urban Institute (Vice Chair); Watson Institute of Brown University; Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation; Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School; Advisory Board of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society; and the SEC Historical Society. She is also a member of the American Law Institute. Ms. Nazareth has been a key player in financial services regulation for much of her career, and was a highly regarded financial services policymaker for more than a decade. She joined the SEC Staff in 1998 as a Senior Counsel to Chairman Arthur Levitt and then served as Interim Director of the Division of Investment Management. She served as Director of the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets) from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, she was appointed an SEC Commissioner by President George W. Bush. Ms. Nazareth also served as the Commission’s representative in international meetings as a member of the Financial Stability Forum from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Nazareth holds an A.B. in History and Economics from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia University. Ms. Nazareth is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of her extensive experience in the financial regulatory world and her prior track record as a senior attorney and government official.
Michael Paull joined MoneyLion in 2021. Mr. Paull previously served as President of Disney Streaming from 2022 to 2023 and oversaw Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+ globally from Disney’s Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) segment. He and his team played a key role in Disney’s pivot into the direct-to-consumer space, launching ESPN+ in 2018, followed by the launch and rapid global expansion of Disney+ in 2019 and the launch of Star+ in Latin America in August 2021. Mr. Paull joined The Walt Disney Company in 2017 with the acquisition of Bamtech Media, where he served as CEO and has served as a director since 2017. Before joining Bamtech, Mr. Paull worked from 2012 to 2017 at Amazon as Vice President, Digital Video, where he ran Amazon Channels worldwide and was responsible for its global content, product, technology, operations, and marketing. During his tenure at Amazon, he also oversaw Prime Video and Amazon’s TVOD business in the U.S., as well as the development of Prime Music. Mr. Paull has more than 20 years of consumer product development, technology, content distribution and acquisition and media industry experience. Before Amazon, he led Sony Music’s digital business worldwide and held other senior leadership positions with Sony Pictures Entertainment, FOX Entertainment Group, and Time Warner. Mr. Paull received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and holds a B.S. from the University of California. Mr. Paull is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive career in the technology industry and his leadership experience as President of Disney Streaming.
Chris Sugden joined MoneyLion in 2016. He currently serves as Managing Partner and Chairman of the investment committee of Edison Partners, with which he has been affiliated since 2002. He is a successful entrepreneur, experienced in finance, business strategy, accounting, product management, sales, marketing and capital formation. His financial and operating perspective for growth-stage companies makes him a valuable asset to portfolio company management. Mr. Sugden has deep domain, investment expertise and successful exits in payments, wealth management, electronic trading and capital markets segments. In addition to MoneyLion, Mr. Sugden currently sits on the board of four other Edison Partners’ fintech portfolio companies, goHenry, Prepaid Technologies YieldStreet and Zelis, and previously served as a director of Gain Capital Holdings, Inc. Mr. Sugden began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a supervisor in the entrepreneurial services group in Boston. Mr. Sugden holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Michigan State University. Mr. Sugden is a valuable member of the Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in the financial services industry and his prior track record as a senior executive and director.