Even if you’re not a fintech fanatic, you likely know that in early May, Lending Club’s CEO resigned amid accusations of loan-documentation errors. At the time CMO Scott Sanborn and director Hans Morris stepped in as acting co-CEOs. Today the company announced the official appointment of Sanborn (pictured) as CEO and Morris as board chairman.
This bit of stability was enough to send the San Francisco-based company’s shares up 6% this morning after having tumbled 61% since the start of this year; however, with the good news, comes a flip side. Lending Club cut 179 jobs—12% of its workforce—as a reaction to lower loan volumes in the second quarter and in recognition that “fully restoring investor confidence may take time.” The company expects loan volumes for the second quarter of this year to be one-third less than its first quarter volume of $2.75 billion.
Lending Club will spend $9 million this quarter on investor incentives and $20 million on the ripple effects of job cuts—severance pay and employee-retention efforts—and advisory relationships. The company holds its annual meeting later today.