Management Team

Our leadership team is passionate about our values and growing our success. Meet them here.

Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr.

Group Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

Paulino Barros was appointed to lead the Company’s Asia-Pacific business in July 2017, relocating from Atlanta.

Previously, Paulino led the Company’s U.S. Information Solutions (USIS) business, which includes U.S.-based services that provide businesses with consumer and commercial information and insights related to areas of risk management, identity and fraud, marketing and a variety of industry-specific solutions.

Prior to that, Paulino led the Company’s International unit with responsibility for Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada, and also led expansion efforts into other countries.

Before joining Equifax in April 2010, he was the founder and president of PB&C – Global Investments (LLC), an international consulting and investment firm.

Earlier, Paulino was the president of Global Operations for AT&T, which has a presence in 135 countries. He held several executive leadership positions at the BellSouth Corporation before it was acquired by AT&T in 2006, including chief product officer, president of BellSouth Latin America, regional vice president of Latin America, as well as chief planning and operations officer.

Paulino also served at Motorola, Inc., as corporate vice president and general manager – Latin America Group and was corporate vice president and general manager of Market Operations – Americas. He also held a variety of positions with The NutraSweet Company as well as with Monsanto Company in the U.S. and Latin America.

Paulino holds degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Escola de Engenharia Industrial and Faculdade de Engenharia de São José dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University, St. Louis.

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Mike Cutter

Interim Group Managing Director, Asia Pacific

BSc (Hons) SF Fin

Mike joined Veda, now Equifax, in March 2015 with an extensive career in financial services, spanning more than 25 years, both in Australia and abroad. Mike’s roles have included time at National Australia Bank, CRO at ANZ (Australia), CEO at GE Money Australia & New Zealand, and CEO of OAMPS Insurance Broking. Mike has knowledge of Comprehensive Credit Reporting from international markets and has been one of the original champions of CCR in the Australian market.

Mike has held numerous directorships and chairmanships with Wesfarmers, ANZ and GE. He is a Senior Fellow of Finsia, was a Director of the Women’s Cancer Foundation since 2006 to 2015 and served as a Director of the Australian Finance Conference until 2009 and National Insurance Brokers Association until 2014.

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Jason Phillips

Chief Financial Officer

Jason was appointed as Veda’s, now Equifax's CFO in December 2016, relocating from Atlanta, where he had served as Equifax’ Senior Finance Officer (SFO) for the Global Consumer Services (GCS) unit since 2013.

Prior to his current role, Jason led the strategic pricing team at Equifax, supporting both U.S. Information Solutions (USIS) and GCS. Jason joined Equifax in April 2010 after successful careers working in finance and pricing leadership roles at American Express and Earthlink. His background at those companies included international roles in Singapore, Hong Kong and London. Jason holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from The Colorado College.

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Ashley Sowter

Chief Information Officer, Australia & New Zealand

Ashley joined Veda, now Equifax, in November 2006. He has over 25 years’ technology experience, primarily in the financial services and utilities sectors. Ashley has held various IT management positions, predominantly leading teams who are focussed on improving customer service, system availability and security.

For many years Ashley held the role of General Manager of IT Services for Equifax in Australia. He oversaw the consolidation of data centres, the replacement of core infrastructure, as well as the due diligence and technology integration of numerous acquisitions.

In 2017 Ashley was promoted to the role of CIO for Australia and New Zealand, responsible for leading the technology function for the region.

Ashley has a strong record of building customer-focussed, service-based teams of IT professionals to support the business in achieving its strategic and operational goals, and has significant experience in managing and strengthening key technology supplier relationships.

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Lionel Lopez

EGM, Data and Analytics and Operations, Australia & New Zealand

MASc (Mathematics) BCS IB

Lionel joined Veda, now Equifax, in March 2015 and has over 20 years' experience in financial services in Australia and internationally.

Lionel is responsible for the management and commercialisation of data and analytics for Equifax as well as its operations processes.

Lionel has worked both internationally and domestically at GE UK and GE Taiwan, Barclays UK, Standard Chartered Singapore and National Australia Bank. He has run leading data and analytics business units and served as Chief Risk Officer for GE in various countries, Barclays and National Australia Bank. Lionel has a depth of capability and experience in data strategy and analytics, risk, and operations as well as a strong marketing and commercial proficiency.

Educated in France, Lionel holds a Master of Applied Science (Mathematics), a Computer Science Degree and a Baccalaureate in maths and physics.

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Carol Chris

Managing Director, New Zealand

BCom

Carol joined Veda, now Equifax, in 2011 to head Veda’s Commercial and Property Solutions (CPS) division.

Over the course of several years she transformed the CPS business, working closely with Veda’s customers and bringing multiple new products to market to help meet regulatory and market needs.

In 2015 Carol was promoted to the role of Managing Director for Veda’s New Zealand business and relocated from Sydney to Auckland.

Carol built her earlier career with SingTel Optus in a number of strategic and product portfolio roles. She has extensive knowledge of the IT&T and financial services segments and in-depth experience in e-business, customer transformation strategies and process improvement.

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Moses Samaha

EGM, Corporate & Government Accounts, Australia

BEEng BSc MBA

Moses Samaha joined Veda, now Equifax, in April 2011, and has almost 20 years’ industry experience working across consumer and business market segments holding executive positions in product development/marketing, strategy and sales.

Moses currently leads the Australian customer facing teams (direct and indirect teams) looking after Equifax’s business and government customers across various markets segments.

Prior to that, he led Veda’s Commercial Solutions business. This division was responsible for managing Veda’s commercial credit, ‘Know Your Customer’, AML, due diligence and property offerings.  In this time, he led the relationship with key government departments such as ASIC and AFSA, and completed three bolt-on acquisitions: Corporate Scorecard, Kingsway and EDX.

Before joining Veda, Moses was part of Telstra’s executive management team heading a number of functions in their Innovation, Product and Marketing group.

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John Wilson

EGM, Product & Market Development, Australia

BBus MAppFin FCPA

John joined Veda, now Equifax, in February 2010, and has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology, management, sales and marketing, treasury and financial risk management.

Before joining Veda, John was the Asia Pacific President for SunGard, where he managed over 1,500 staff, across 14 offices in 11 countries. He was responsible for all of SunGard’s business activities across the Asia Pacific region, and grew the business successfully year upon year, including undertaking a number of strategic acquisitions for SunGard. He joined SunGard in 2000 from KPMG where he was a Partner. At KPMG, he had responsibility for the Treasury software and consulting practice.

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Cate Hathaway

Human Resources Director, Australia & New Zealand

BCom MBA GAICD FAHRI PMAPI

Cate joined Veda, now Equifax, in July 2014, and has held senior executive positions across the banking, building resources and insurance industries for more than 20 years.

Before joining Veda, Cate was the HR Director for St. George Banking Group, responsible for all aspects of HR and Communications to 5,500 employees across four brands. Previously with Boral for 12 years, Cate was responsible for HR, health & safety and sustainability in the Australian and Asian businesses, and accountable for significant transformational change, leadership and talent-management programs. Cate’s early career involved 12 years in the insurance sector in line management roles.

Cate is passionate about positioning HR to provide a competitive edge for the business by contributing to improved and sustainable business performance. She is a Fellow and Member of the Inclusion and Diversity Panel and National Accreditation Committee of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), and Chair, Sydney Graduate School of Management External Advisory Board for Human Resources and Industrial Relations and Member of the External Advisory Board for the Business School of Western Sydney University.

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Tim Woodforde

General Counsel and EGM, Legal and Compliance, Australia & New Zealand

BSc LLM F Fin

Tim joined Veda, now Equifax, in August 2014 and is the General Counsel and EGM Legal & Compliance, Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining Veda, Tim was a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia for 12 years. Previously, Tim was a partner of Andersen Legal Australia, a senior manager at Gresham Partners Limited and a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons and Slaughter and May.

Tim is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in various jurisdictions, including New South Wales.

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