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Gregory Mazza

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Gregory Mazza

Greg is a Senior Director with multiple decades of experience transitioning, transforming, and building businesses – from small startups to large international companies. His international experience includes financial services companies operating throughout Europe as well as leading the GM Credit Card expansion into Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Greg has worked in a range of industries, including insurance, financial services, credit cards, automotive, healthcare, innovation & startups and professional services.

Before joining Accordion, Greg advised/mentored early-stage growth companies, was a University of North Carolina entrepreneurship teaching-team member, served as an advertising-tech startup fractional CFO, and was a board member for a digital, click-to-buy insure-tech company. In addition to this, he was the U.S. Managing Director for a boutique M&A company targeting lower-mid-market companies. Earlier, Greg led strategy, innovation, and governance at MetLife Direct (digital insurance startup) with the goal of making insurance easy to understand and purchase.

Over a decade, Greg was the leader of an insurance and financial services business under three owners: HSBC, CPP Group Plc (UK), and AmTrust Financial. With each sale cycle, he was instrumental in the pre- and post-M&A process. This encompassed new process implementation and finance leadership including tax mitigation, US GAAP, UK GAAP, Cash, IFRS & statutory accounting, monthly reforecasts, and a four-day accounting close. Finally, Greg led a performance improvement initiative resulting the “4-C’s” : Clarity, Communication, Culture and Compensation.

At General Motors, Greg managed the AOL/GM partnership for the digital business. Previously, he led partner development and program management of the Chevrolet / Warner Bros. Co-branded mini-van. As part of Corporate Marketing & Advertising, he implemented advertising agency compensation management, developed a model allocating $1.5bn ad spending across all vehicle lines, helped manage advertising television production costs, and wrote GM University courses.

Greg began his career with Cadillac Motorcars in Sales & Service where he developed a big data platform integrating warranty, dealership performance, and customer satisfaction data. Moving to GM Corporate Finance, he managed corporate budgets and vehicle pricing before joining the GM Credit Card startup business as controller and international expansion manager.

Greg graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an advanced degree in Bio-medical Engineering. He then earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan within Finance, General Management & Entrepreneurship.

"It is easier to make the simple complex than the complex simple."

Something You Should Know

  • Startup Mentoring – member of Innovate Charlotte helping early stage companies
  • Yogi – thought it was silly at first, then I found that it can be quite difficult
  • Green Thumb (Germinated Avocados during COVID)
  • Hiker, Skiier (Vail ski bum, Hockey (Ohio State), Pilot (been a little while)

Noteworthy

  • Leader for first digital insurance company – MetLife Direct.
  • National Science Foundation – National Innovation-Corps. Program Mentor (twice)
  • Published a Vascular Surgery Research Paper