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Skience, a financial services digital enablement provider and consultancy, has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Chris Zuczek to the newly-created role of Chief Product Officer. 

The addition of the 20-year-plus financial-services veteran follows Skience’s appointments of several key executives in sales, operations and product management over the past two years. The move underscores Skience’s commitment to product leadership as a key differentiator of its transformational digital solutions.
 
Reporting to Skience Chief Operating Officer and President Marc Butler, Zuczek will lead Skience’s product management efforts, overseeing the continued development and enhancement of Skience’s platform to address emerging industry needs. He is also responsible for implementing strategies to ensure that firms and their users have delightful experiences with Skience’s platform and solutions.
 
Butler says: “Skience combines excellence in developing seamlessly intuitive technology with the collective wealth management industry expertise of our senior leadership team to solve firms’ immediate pain points and the unmet needs of users. Chris Zuczek’s career embodies this balance of excellence and experience, which we consider central to our mission. Not only does his track record of financial technology innovation nicely round out the expertise across our management team, he also possesses the core values critical to our culture. We are thrilled to bring Chris aboard, and on behalf of all our fellow ‘Skientists,’ I welcome him to our team.”
 
Previously, Zuczek served as Chief Product Officer at Discovery Data, a New Jersey-based provider of data and analytics solutions for financial services and insurance companies. In this position, he oversaw the conception, design, development and maintenance of software applications, leading the company’s software development, service, and product teams. Previously, he served as vice president of product management at Albridge Solutions, the data aggregation and analytics subsidiary of Pershing and BNY Mellon.
 
Zuczek says: “The need for world-class technology to facilitate efficient, easy-to-navigate workflows has never been greater than during the pandemic, when so much of the wealth management industry workforce shifted to remote work. Skience continues to offer the right solutions and services for this unprecedented moment, while also positioning our clients for success as the country emerges from the pandemic. I am excited to join this highly talented team of wealth management and technology leaders as we deliver product experiences that address firms’ and advisors’ operational issues while unlocking their growth potential.”
 
In addition to Butler’s appointment last year, Skience, in the last two years, has hired multiple fintech wealth management leaders, including Executive Vice President, Sales Kyle Van Pelt, Senior Vice President, Sales Nick Thacker and Senior Vice President, Product Management Damon Gladman. As part of this organisational expansion, Gladman will serve as Skience’s first Senior Vice President, Product Advocacy.
 

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