A pair of seasoned Triangle executives have jumped ship – leaving for a fintech startup after decades of corporate stability.
Durham-based Spreedly, a payments orchestration software firm, just snagged Jillian Munro, a former North Carolina site lead at Fidelity Investments, and Randy Guard, who up until January was the chief marketing officer at analytics giant SAS in Cary. Munro and Guard are now CTO and CMO, respectively, at Spreedly – a complete turnaround from how they’ve spent their decades-long careers.
In an exclusive interview, they called the startup space a new challenge, and one they were both eager to take on.
“The fintech digital payments space is super dynamic,” Munro said. “It’s very complex. There’s a lot going on, a ton of innovation, and Spreedly sits as a core component in the ecosystem.”
Munro first connected to Spreedly CEO Justin Benson through American Underground, Guard through serial entrepreneur and ChannelAdvisor cofounder Scot Wingo. And both said they were interested in how different Spreedly is from their previous roles.
“I come from over 25 years at large companies,” Munro said. “It is the ability to be part of everything that’s going on with the company, being able to really connect on levels you may not be able to connect on in a big firm, and the ability to really move quickly, be flexible and adaptable and just really be a part of the direction of the company.”