James Paris serves as CEO of Avant, a high growth financial technology company, dedicated to lowering the barriers of borrowing for all consumers. Since 2012, Avant has secured more than $4 billion in funding and connected customers to over $6 billion through more than 1 million transactions and counting. Through big data and machine learning, Avant’s mission is to provide better access to responsible financial products. In his role, he is responsible for leading all key functional areas for Avant, including product development and management, finance, risk, compliance, and technology.
Prior to his current role as CEO of Avant, Paris led the creation of the Amount technology platform within Avant, a leading-edge technology company dedicated to creating and enhancing the digital credit offerings of financial institutions.
Prior to joining Avant in 2015, Paris held senior leadership positions in New York City at BMO Capital Markets, UBS Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. He received a BS in Finance from Indiana University and a JD from Harvard Law School.