Founder & Director
Chris Grant noticed a problem in risk-based pricing and profitability early in his career: Too many banks were using spreadsheets to track pricing. These spreadsheets rendered banks unable to efficiently and effectively manage pricing and prevented them from collecting vital data. Grant set out to change that, to create a product that would help banks price more effectively. From his determination, Brilliance was born. Grant understands technology as well as he understands business. He is a born problem solver, and he enjoys helping banks utilize technology to solve their problems. He has a proven track record of delivering successful software projects for financial institutions around the world and has delivered solutions for Banks in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Asia, Africa and Australia. Grant strives to build strong relationships with every single client. He believes his team’s devotion to clients’ needs is why all of Brilliance’s clients are long-term. To Grant, there is no greater satisfaction than watching a client succeed using Brilliance’s software.
Grant has successfully founded and grown a number of software companies and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The development and delivery of software systems for financial services is his specialty. He understands the issues banks face, and he is determined to solve them.
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Jean-Edouard van Praet has spent more than 25 years working in the fintech industry helping executives around the world scale their businesses. A self-identified “builder,” van Praet thrives in his ability to increase the efficiency of small companies so they can maximize their growth potential. His extensive experience running successful businesses includes his current position as CEO of Implement Holdings, an investment company focused on financial technology and services that serve the front, middle and back office, as well as his previous position as CFO, Partner and Director of RIMES Technologies, a technology-enabled data and services company for the asset management industry.
Due to his vast experience in the fintech world, van Praet brings a comprehensive network with him to Brilliance. He is proud to be a part of the Brilliance team and to use his expertise to help banks understand how Brilliance’s technology can help them. He speaks five languages and has lived in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
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Vanessa Wu joined the Brilliance team with 20 years of experience in risk management at KMV and Moody’s Analytics. Wu is an advocate for expanding the use of data and metrics to complement business instincts and experience. She believes that banks can achieve higher return on risk and increased profitability by modernizing their pricing technology, capturing key transactional and behavioral data in the process. More data collection will lay the foundation needed for pricing transparency in the lending market, an outcome Wu hopes to witness within the next decade. Wu believes Brilliance is poised to contribute to this transformation in the lending market.
Prior to working for Brilliance, Wu held various leadership roles in client service, training, sales, and product management at KMV and Moody’s Analytics in the United States, London, and Hong Kong.
Mark Gu Chen knows how banks work. After nearly 20 years in the financial services industry – with a great deal of that time spent working closely with banks’ middle and back offices – he has observed firsthand the weaknesses in existing pricing models and has dedicated his career to helping banks make these models stronger. Chen sees Brilliance’s technology as the ideal way for banks to start capturing important data that is normally lost, and in doing so, gain a competitive advantage over the growing fintech industry. He joined Brilliance because he believes there is a real market need for its product. Chen prides himself on his ability to help each client understand how Brilliance can serve its unique needs. At Brilliance, it is his job to manage product development and to work closely with clients and prospective clients to help them better understand Brilliance’s product.
Prior to Brilliance, Chen spent 2 years creating a new Market Data system at Development Bank of Singapore. He has worked as an Integration Architect at IBM, a Middleware Specialist at Merrill Lynch and more. Chen’s expertise ranges from the tech side of banking to the operational side.
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Michael Underwood recently worked for Linedata, a leading provider of financial software, where he was Head of Sales for North America Lending and Leasing Division. Mr. Underwood believes that software properly configured and deployed can be used to automate and solve complex regulatory and business challenges within banking. He brings to the Brilliance team a wealth of experience in Commercial, SME and Equipment Finance Lending, having worked as a business analyst and project manager prior to moving into a sales role.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.