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Funding confirms 2 new leadership appointments

by Sam Nichols5 minute read
Steven Galdona and Chris Maamoun

The mortgage marketplace and lender has announced new additions to its senior management, including BOQ’s former head of mortgage operations and transformations.

Mortgage fintech Funding.com.au (Funding) has unveiled two new appointments to its senior leadership team, naming Steven Galdona as the inaugural head of credit. 

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Prior to his appointment, Mr Galdona served in a range of senior roles across credit management, lending operations, broker third party and product management with both non-major banks and non-bank lenders. 

From 2017 to 2019, the new head of credit was the head of mortgage operations and transformation with Bank of Queensland. 

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Mr Galdona also spent almost two years as the area manager mobile banking/lending – Queensland with Suncorp Group. 

In tandem with Mr Galdona’s appointment is Chris Maamoun as national business development manager, who arrived at the company from a business development manager role with Amfin. 

Mr Maamoun joined the fintech in mid-2020. 

According to Funding, Mr Maamoun also spent time in the UK, working with a “family-ran corporate finance house that specialised in raising debt and equity for UK businesses, including several warehouse facilities for private lenders”.

Both Mr Galdona and Mr Maamoun both commenced their roles on 5 October. 

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Galdona said: “I’m excited about the future and to be part of the funding team as we partner with our existing and new customers. This gives me an opportunity to learn and grow every day I come to work. 

“The next few years will be one of great growth and transformation for Funding, and I’m looking forward to working with the team throughout this change.”

Mr Maamoun echoed Mr Galdona’s sentiment, stating that he was excited to join Funding, and that “it’s a lender I have used many times in my previous role and it’s rare that you come across a non-bank lender that acts with such integrity and transparency while focused on customer and broker experience”. 

“We have some very exciting growth plans over the next 12 months which I am delighted to be a part of,” Mr Maamoun continued. 

Funding chief executive Jack O'Reilly added: “I am extremely proud of what we’ve built over the past six years. Funding is becoming a powerhouse in specialist short-term mortgage lending across Australia – the company has proven that it is a financially viable and sustainable business. 

“With the appointments of these two professionals, the company is in an excellent position and is poised for substantial growth. I’m looking forward to working closely with Steven, Chris and the rest of our exceptional team, as we roll out the company’s long-term strategy.

“We have already seen a lot of activity leading into the festive season and we are ready to assist with any urgent deals that need to be placed.”

[Related: Incoming NAB board member withdraws application]

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Sam Nichols

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Sam Nichols is a journalist at The Adviser and Mortgage Business. His reporting has featured in a range of outlets including ABC News, SBS' The Feed, and VICE.

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