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  • Writer's pictureKelsie Papenhausen

Former London Stock Exchange Group executive Charlie Minutella named new CEO of global fintech Data Zoo

● Minutella brings nearly two decades of experience leading risk, identity, and compliance teams.

● The appointment follows three years of impressive growth by Data Zoo across various geographies.

● Tony Fitzgibbon, founder and CEO of Data Zoo, will become Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer.


Monday, 12 February 2024 – Data Zoo, a leading global identity provider, has appointed former London Stock Exchange Group executive Charlie Minutella as its new Chief Executive Officer.


Minutella brings nearly two decades of experience leading risk, identity, and compliance teams, notably spearheading the Refinitiv risk division at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).


The appointment follows three years of impressive growth for the award-winning “know your customer” solution, which has successfully expanded its customer base across various geographies, complexities, and use cases.


Minutella will lead Data Zoo’s global operations from its New York office, guiding the company to further capitalise on its strengths and broaden its identity and fraud prevention solutions to address increasingly complex customer needs.


Data Zoo founder Tony Fitzgibbon has served as Chief Executive Officer since the company's inception over a decade ago. Fitzgibbon will transition to the role of Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, where he will continue to play a significant role in shaping the company’s innovations, products, and partnerships.


During his tenure, the bootstrapped company grew to over 80 employees worldwide, launched operations in the US, and successfully entered the heavily regulated European market – going head-to-head with established global identity providers to become the trusted provider for major customers, including an Australian “Big Four” bank, a global social media brand, and three of the top global payment providers.


Reflecting on the leadership transition, Tony Fitzgibbon, founder and CEO of Data Zoo, said, “As a founder, selecting someone to take the helm is no small task. However, Charlie’s expertise and alignment with our core values and vision made him an obvious choice.”


“I am immensely proud of the heights Data Zoo has reached and am thrilled to continue working alongside our exceptional team, customers, and partners under Charlie’s leadership as we embark on the next phase of our global expansion journey,” Fitzgibbon added.


Charlie Minutella expressed his enthusiasm for his new role, “I am truly excited to join Data Zoo as CEO. My career has taught me that the key to success lies in a company’s passion and purpose, qualities that Data Zoo embodies in its unique blend of agility, innovation, and unwavering commitment to compliance.”


“I am eager to capitalise on these strengths, tackling complex challenges and filling the gaps the industry has struggled to address. We have an exciting opportunity to leverage our distinct capabilities to solve more issues for our customers, further solidifying our position as a leader in the industry,” Minutella said.

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