Douglas Merrill
Founder and CEOZestFinance
Douglas Merrill is the founder and CEO of ZestFinance, a financial technology company that uses machine learning and data science to help companies effectively predict credit risk and make more accurate credit decisions. The company also applies its technology to provide online loans to consumers.  As the former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, Douglas led an organization of 1,500, oversaw all aspects of internal engineering and technology, and drove multiple strategic efforts, including Google’s IPO auction in 2004. He has also served as COO of New Music at EMI Group, and as SVP of Infrastructure and HR Strategy at Charles Schwab.

In academia, Douglas was an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Princeton.