Lending Tree secures a new general counsel after a months-long search

Charlotte, North Carolina-based online lender LendingTree Inc. has hired Laura Yens as its general counsel, a role previously held by Kate Pierce who retired last August.

The company says that Yens brings 20 years of legal experience in the technology and financial service industries to LendingTree’.  She most recently was at the firm  Alston & Bird, where she represented global banks and FinTech companies. Prior to this, Yens had an in-house job at Mastercard, where she managed multiple global cross-divisional teams supporting corporate strategic initiatives, and a global legal team supporting businesses and operations worldwide. Before Mastercard, she served in various roles at technology companies, including AOL.

“After an extensive search for LendingTree’s next General Counsel, I’m thrilled to welcome Laura to the LendingTree team,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree, in a statement.  “Laura’s extensive experience with building and managing legal teams at technology-driven organizations will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to our company and its continued growth.”

Yens received her Master’s Degree in abusiness Administration and her Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University.

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