Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Our management team has created a highly focused vision based on EZCORP’s participation in a large and growing market and a thoroughly developed understanding of our customer. We have built the processes, systems, infrastructure, and human capital to succeed in our marketplace.

Stuart I. Grimshaw

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart joined EZCORP in November 2014.

Prior to joining the company, Stuart served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Queensland Limited since November 2011. BOQ is a publicly traded consumer banking and financial services institution with branches in every Australian state and territory. During his 30-year career in financial services, Stuart has held a wide variety of roles across many functions of banking and finance, including eight years at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. At CBA, he started as Chief Financial Officer. Over time, he became Group Executive, responsible for core business lines including Institutional and Business Banking, as well as Wealth Management (Asset Management and Insurance). Prior to joining CBA, Stuart worked for the National Australia Bank and was the Chief Executive Officer of Great Britain, with responsibility for large UK consumer banks Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank.

Stuart represented New Zealand in Field Hockey at the 1984 Olympics and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand) and a MBA (Melbourne University, Australia).  He has also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Stuart currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Cash Converters International Limited (ASX: CCV), an affiliate of the company.

Lachlan P. Given

Executive Chairman, Chief of Acquisitions and Funding

Lachie was appointed as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors in July 2014, joined the company as Executive Vice Chairman in August 2014, and became Executive Chairman in February 2015.

In his role as Chief of Acquisitions and Funding, Lachie oversees and implements the company’s acquisition strategy and processes, as well as the company’s financing strategy. Before joining the company as an executive, Lachie provided financial and advisory services to the company through his own business and financial advisory firm and as a consultant and advisor to Madison Park LLC, which is owned by Phillip E. Cohen, who is the beneficial owner of the company’s Class B Voting Common Stock.

Lachie is a member of the board of directors of The Farm Journal Corporation, a 134-year old pre-eminent US agricultural media company. He is also on the boards of Senetas Corporation Limited (SEN.AX), the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of certified, defense‐grade encryption solutions; CANSTAR Pty Ltd, the leading Australian financial services ratings and research firm; and TAB Products Co. LLC, a leading North American records management company.

Lachie began his career working in the investment banking and equity capital markets divisions of Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, where he specialized in the origination and execution of a variety of M&A, equity and equity-linked and fixed income transactions. Lachie currently serves on the board of directors of Cash Converters International Limited (ASX: CCV), an affiliate of the company.

Lachie graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Banking and Finance (with distinction).

Scott Alomes

Chief Human Resources Officer & New Ventures

Scott joined EZCORP as Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2015.  In October 2016, Scott was assigned management oversight responsibility for the company’s business in Canada, as well as all new ventures, and his title was changed to Chief Human Resources Officer & New Ventures.

Scott has more than 30 years of experience and has spent his entire career in Human Resources for the financial services industry. He joined EZCORP from Crowe Horwarth Australia, where he was HR Leader in the Southern Region for this large provider of accounting, audit, tax, business and financial advice to individuals and businesses in Australia.

Scott has also held HR leadership roles at ClearView Wealth Limited (investments and life insurance products in Australia with $6.9 billion in funds and $148 million of life insurance under management), Suncorp (banking and wealth management in Australia and New Zealand with assets of over $96 billion and over 9 million customers), Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank.

Daniel M. Chism

Chief Financial Officer

Danny joined EZCORP as Chief Financial Officer in May 2017.

Danny has over 20 years of accounting, finance and business experience in the pawn industry.  He served as EZCORP’s Controller from August 1999 to October 2009, when he was promoted to Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer.  After leaving the company in October 2011, Danny co-founded, and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of, Cash Solutions Centers, LLC, which owned and operated pawnshops and financial services stores. He also spent about a year serving as Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer of Gatsby Investments, LLC, a privately-owned holding company. Danny began his career at Ernst & Young, where he served as Audit Manager on the EZCORP account.

Danny received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and a Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Mark DeBenedictus

Chief Customer Experience Officer

Mark joined EZCORP as Chief Customer Experience Officer in May 2017, after having served as a strategic IT consultant for three months.

Mark is responsible for executive oversight of the Company’s strategic and operational information technology function and for overseeing the Company’s developing and evolving businesses. Prior to joining EZCORP, Mark was founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Repatriate Advisory Solutions LLC, an IT transformation specialist that assists companies in the evaluation and modification of IT and business process outsourcing arrangements.

Prior to forming Repatriate Advisory Solutions in 2016, Mark spent five years with American International Group (AIG) as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, and over twenty years in a variety of capacities with Electronic Data Services (EDS) and related companies, including Vice President, Global Financial Services; Vice President, U.S. Financial Services; Global Vice President, Service Delivery, Australia and New Services; Vice President, U.S. Financial Services; Global Vice President, Service Delivery, Australia and New Zealand; Managing Director, Credit Services; and Client Delivery Executive.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

Eric Fosse

President, U.S. Pawn

Eric rejoined EZCORP as Division Vice President of U.S. Pawn in November 2016, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Stores in June 2017 and was promoted to President, U.S. Pawn in July 2018.

Eric served in various role in two previous periods with EZCORP (September 2004 to December 2012, and September 2014 to May 2015), including Vice President, EZMoney Operations; President, EZMoney; President, Pawn Americas; President, North American Operations; President, U.S. Financial and Online Services; and President, Pawn and Cash Converters Americas.

From June 2015 to September 2016, Eric was CEO of Interstate Automotive Group, a chain of Buy Here/Pay Here auto sales and finance stores operating across 15 states. From December 2012 to September 2014, he was a private investor and consultant concentrating on pawn and financial services businesses.

Prior to originally joining EZCORP in 2004, Eric spent thirteen years with G&K Services, Inc., a public company providing uniform and facility services to businesses.

Francisco Kuthy Saenger

President, Latin America Pawn

Francisco joined the company in November 2013 as Senior Vice President of Operations for our Mexico Pawn operations, Empeño Fácil, and was promoted to General Manager of that business in May 2014. In March 2019, he was named President, Latin America Pawn, with responsibility for all Latin American pawn operations.

Prior to joining the company, Francisco spent over three years as General Manager of Farmacias Dermatologicas, S.A. de C.V., Mexico’s leading retailer of dermatology and derma-cosmetic consumer products; and six years with Comercial Mexicana, a large retail chain in Mexico, serving as Chief Operating Officer Bodega Comercial Mexicana and District Manager Comercial Mexicana Bajio. Francisco held previous positions in business development, sales administration, operations and field management with Bachoco, S.A. de C.V., Sabritas, S.A. de C.V. and Wal-Mart’s Mexican subsidiary.

Joseph L. Rotunda

Chief Operating Officer, Global Pawn

Joe joined EZCORP as President, North America Pawn in May 2015, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2016.

Joe previously served as EZCORP’s Chief Executive Officer for 10 years (August 2000 to November 2010). Under his leadership, the company grew from a few hundred stores operating in 11 states to more than 1,000 owned and operated locations in the US, Mexico and Canada, and its market capitalization grew from $17 million to over $1 billion.  During Joe’s tenure, EZCORP’s growth and performance were recognized with the company’s inclusion on Forbes list of “200 Best Small Companies” in 2006, Business Weekly’s “100 Hot Growth Companies” in 2007, the Association for Corporate Growth’s “2010 Outstanding Corporate Growth Award” for Central Texas, and FORTUNE Magazine’s 2010 list of “100 Fastest Growing Companies.”

After having retired in November 2010, Joe rejoined the EZCORP Board of Directors in July 2014 and since then has been assisting management in realigning the company’s focus on the core operating principles that drove success under his leadership.

Jacob Wedin

Chief Strategy Officer

Jacob joined EZCORP in September 2015 and is currently the Chief Strategy Officer.

Jacob brings over 20 years of global business development experience in Latin America and Europe, predominantly in the finance sector.  Throughout his career, Jacob has specialized in the origination and execution of M&A activity as well as strategic evaluation and plan development for new market entrance and existing market expansion.

He joined EZCORP from Bayport Financial Services, where he held various executive roles and led successful acquisitions in Mexico and Colombia.

Prior to joining Bayport, he was appointed by the Swedish Trade Minister to the post of Swedish Trade Commissioner in Brazil, where he was responsible for a broad region including 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries.  During his tenure, he supported over 40 companies to develop their Latin American strategies, including M&A initiatives, evaluation and design of their organizational capacity to support expansion, and overall business modeling.

Jacob began his career working at Merrill Lynch where held several business development roles in both the United Kingdom and Spain.

Jacob received his MBA from the American International University in London.

Thomas H. Welch, Jr.

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Tom joined EZCORP as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in April 2009.

Before joining the company, Tom spent 13 years at Dell where he served as Vice President, Legal and General Corporate Counsel and was responsible for the legal support of corporate securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, executive compensation and benefits, facilities, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Tom also held the position of Vice President Corporate Development for Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company (now Pioneer Natural Resources) and was a shareholder with the law firm of Johnson & Gibbs, P.C. in Dallas.

Tom received his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Management from Purdue University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ballet Austin.