Renaud Laplanche
Co-Founder & CEOUpgrade
Renaud is co-founder and CEO at Upgrade: a consumer credit platform that combines a marketplace lending approach, with credit monitoring and credit education features, helping consumers better understand and manage their credit profile and obtain more affordable credit. Prior to co-founding Upgrade, Renaud co-founded and was the CEO of Lending Club, America’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors.

Renaud debuted his professional career as an attorney with New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. In recent years Renaud received multiple awards and nominations, among other distinctions, Renaud was featured on Bloomberg Markets’ 2015 Most Influential List, an annual ranking of the World’s top 50 most influential leaders across technology, finance and politics. He was ranked one of the top CEOs by Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards in 2015 with a 97% approval rate from Lending Club employees, and was named the "best start-up CEO to work for" by Business Insider in 2014. Renaud also won the Economist Innovation Award in 2014 in the Consumer Products category. Renaud also holds two world speed sailing records, including the Transpacific record in 3 days and 20 hours.

Renaud holds an MBA from HEC and London Business School and a JD from Montpellier University.