Meritize, the developer of merit-based financing solutions and a technology platform that connects workers with high-impact skills training programs, today announced the promotion of Benton McTaggart to chief people officer and Beck Pryor to chief business development officer.
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“In the aftermath of a devastating pandemic and an unprecedented and far-reaching employment crisis, we need to be laser-focused on helping workers access training they need to transition from industries that are struggling to those that are thriving,” said Chris Keaveney, founder and CEO of Meritize. “The promotion of these two leaders from within our team is reflective of the important contributions they’re making as we continue to scale our impact and support awareness, access, and advancement for high-potential workers—including our own.”
Unlike traditional approaches to education finance, the firm’s unique, forward-looking approach is based on an individual’s potential to succeed—rather than simply a credit score or other narrow measures. As the team scales its work, Pryor will lead Meritize’s business development, sales, partnerships, strategy, and product innovation functions. McTaggart will lead the firm’s career services, employee engagement, and talent acquisition and development efforts.
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A veteran of corporate strategy, Pryor previously served as Meritize’s vice president of growth & strategy. She brings a decade of experience in strategy and business development across a variety of sectors including social impact, technology, and finance. Prior to joining Meritize, Beck was business development and operations director for the Digital Insights business at global food corporation Cargill, one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S., where she oversaw inorganic growth through strategic investments and partnerships.
Certified as a Professional Coach by the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, McTaggart brings over 9 years’ experience across employee engagement, talent development, coaching, and internal communication. Prior to joining Meritize, Benton was a career strategist and coach at SoFi, the innovative personal finance company, where he helped dozens of high performers go on to advance their careers at Fortune 500 Companies.
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