Capital One Executive Meghan Welch Joins Fintech Plaid

Fintech firm Plaid recently announced that financial services industry veteran Meghan Welch has joined as the firm’s very first Chief People Officer.

Plaid has “grown to 1,200+ employees to support the mainstreaming of fintech.”

Meghan’s over 20 years of professional experience at Capital One, “most recently as the Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise HR and Chief Diversity Officer, will be a great asset as we scale to support the millions of people who rely on Plaid to connect to fintech apps and services.”

Named a Best Place to Work for Innovators by Fast Company recently and recognized as an Inc. Best Workplace earlier this year, Meghan will “help preserve and build the practices that make Plaid a great place to grow your career.”

Meghan will report directly to company CEO, Zach Perret.

As noted in an update shared with CI, Meghan is “the Chief People Officer for Plaid, the API-first data network powering the digital financial ecosystem.”

As a member of the executive leadership team, she is “responsible for developing and executing a global people strategy, including leading talent, benefits, workplace experience, HR systems and diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging (DEIB).”

Previously, Meghan “spent over twenty years at Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), one of the largest banks in the U.S. and a Fortune 200 company, with more than 70 million customer accounts worldwide.”

Meghan had several roles of “increasing responsibility and leadership, culminating in Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer.”

She was “responsible for enterprise-wide HR delivery for 50,000+ employees worldwide and led a team of 1,500+ HR professionals and an operating budget of $325+ million to deliver HR strategy, products and processes, including oversight of Talent Acquisition, Learning Development, Performance; Talent Management, Succession Planning, Compensation, Benefits, Global Mobility, Employee Relations, People Strategy, Data; Analytics, Operations; Payroll and Risk; Technology.”

Meghan’s extensive Board experience “includes serving as a Corporate Advisory Board Member and Class Officer for the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Alumni Committee Member for Georgetown University, and Board Member for The Posse Foundation and the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation.”

She also has “provided pro bono employment coaching and mentoring through Volunteer Alexandria.”

Meghan earned “a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Languages at Georgetown University.”

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