SMB Fintech Nav Hires Three New Leaders for Continued Growth

San Mateo, Calif. Feb 6, 2024Nav, the leading financial health platform for small businesses, has strengthened its leadership team with the addition of three new executives.

By aggregating credit and financial data, Nav is the only platform that helps small businesses understand all their financing options and know what they can qualify for before they apply. Nav’s platform continues to have impressive growth, having increased its user base to over 2 million small businesses in 2023. Nav is not a lender, but has connected SMBs to capital providers resulting in over $110,000,000 in funding and connected its users to over 500,000 credit cards in 2023. While its data-driven platform has grown, Nav has also welcomed three new executives to their leadership team including James Rauen – VP of Data, Brad Simmons – VP of Marketing, and Landon Pearson – VP of People to drive the next inflection. Each leader comes from a background of leading popular fintech platforms to explosive growth. 

James Rauen comes to Nav from where he served as VP of Analytics and Data Science.  Prior to Rauen had leadership roles at both Uber and Google. In his role, James and his team will continue to build Nav’s ability to take a proprietary view of a person, a business, an industry, a product, or a transaction to power Nav’s world class customer experience. 

Brad Simmons comes to Nav from fintech blockchain leader Figure where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to Figure, Simmons held leadership roles at Sofi, Ten-X and Experian.  

Simmons will drive brand, growth and customer communication strategy helping to deliver on Nav’s promise of eliminating irrelevance and subjectivity for small businesses. 

Landon Pearson comes to Nav from Martech leader DemandBase where he served as the Chief People Officer and helped the company through multiple stages of growth, expanding from 40 people to over 850 in multiple countries. Pearson will drive Nav’s competitive advantage, its people, as the company continues to scale and bring on top quality talent.

“I am excited to welcome three new seasoned and respected leaders in tech that have driven growth in their respective areas for world class technology and growth organizations.” says Greg Ott, CEO at Nav. “Even more so, I am humbled that they share the vision of what Nav is doing to guide and accelerate small businesses’ access to funding to help fuel local economies and overall job creation.  James, Brad and Landon are not only brilliant leaders, they are a great fit with the performance oriented culture at Nav.”

With its continued growth, expanded leadership team, and commitment to empowering small businesses, Nav is cementing its position as the go-to platform for financial solutions for SMBs. Small businesses can rely on Nav to help them navigate the complex world of financing and secure the resources they need to thrive and succeed.



Jenny Beres

Pink Shark PR

About Nav

Nav is the leading financial health platform for small businesses. By using real business data and proprietary scoring, Nav gives small business owners transparency in finding the right loan, credit card, banking and other business service options. Nav’s unique financial health platform shows cash flow and credit insights alongside suggested financing options, and is the only place small business owners can see what financing they can qualify for before they apply. Nav’s platform seamlessly integrates within other software and websites, making it the leading embedded finance solution for SMBs. 

Nav is a technology company building the leading financial health platform for small businesses. What started as a way for small business owners to easily find funding has become a destination for over 350,000 small businesses to get everything they need to understand the full picture of where their business stands, and how their business data can impact their business financial health profile.

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