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Management Team

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Josh Peirez joined Sterling as co-Chief Executive Officer and Director in July 2018 and was named Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. He brings extensive strategy, product, and operational experience to the company, and plays an instrumental role in driving Sterling toward its global mission of providing a foundation of trust and safety for clients.

Prior to Sterling, Josh served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Dun & Bradstreet, leading all aspects of customer-facing operations including the company’s lines of business, multi-channel sales platform, service of client solutions, strategy, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Josh spent ten years with MasterCard, most recently in the role of Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. He also served as the company’s Group Executive, Global Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. Before joining MasterCard in 2000, Josh was an associate at Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells, focusing on antitrust litigation.

Josh has served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association. He was named in the Top 10 Innovators of 2009 ranked by Bank Technology News.

Josh earned a B.S. in Policy Analysis, Economic, and Government Studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Peter Walker joined Sterling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2019. He brings deep experience in finance, strategy, and operations with leading companies in the business services, financial, technology, and retail sectors.

Prior to joining Sterling, Peter spent two years with Jackson Hewitt as Chief Financial Officer, leading finance, strategy, human resources, and client experience. Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Peter spent over 10 years at Assurant in senior finance and strategy roles, most recently in the role of Chief Strategy Officer for the global enterprise. Peter began his professional career in consulting with Ernst & Young.

Peter earned a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio, an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Lou Paglia joined Sterling as interim Chief Product Officer in October 2015. In January 2016, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Ventures. Lou became Chief Innovation Officer in April 2018, President in December 2018, and Chief Operating Officer in March 2021. He now leads global operations for Sterling, responsible for driving revenue growth, delivering unrivaled client service, and ensuring Sterling’s tech-enabled business services meet the evolving needs of the market.

Prior to joining Sterling, Lou held executive roles in product, operations, and general management, for companies including MTV Networks (a division of Viacom), Infogroup, Factiva (a joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters), as well as numerous early-stage companies.

Lou earned a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Legal & Risk Officer

Steve Barnett joined Sterling in January 2016 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He was named Chief Legal & Risk Officer in March 2020. Steve brings extensive experience in legal, compliance, regulatory, and government affairs, having served as general counsel and outside counsel for both public and private companies.

Prior to joining Sterling, Steve served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. and at NRT, now part of Realogy Corporation. He began his career as a corporate lawyer with Skadden Arps in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Steve received a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Client Experience

Angela Stelle joined Sterling in July 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer and her role expanded to include Head of Client Experience in March 2020. She brings extensive marketing, operations, and customer support experience with leading companies in information and business services.

Prior to joining Sterling, Angela spent nine years at Dun & Bradstreet, holding several marketing and operations leadership roles, most recently as Head of Customer Experience, where she led customer service, customer success, and product delivery. Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Angela led marketing strategy and execution for various public companies, including Wolters Kluwer and Verizon Wireless.

Angela earned a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Digital & Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design at the New School.

Chief People Officer

Danielle Korins joined Sterling in July 2017 as Chief People Officer. She brings extensive experience in all facets of human capital management across multiple industries, including at global public companies.

Prior to joining Sterling, Danielle was the Chief People Officer at Yodle, a venture capital backed company she helped bring to a successful exit. Prior to that, Danielle held leadership roles at PVH, Dow Jones, Bank of America, and Smith & Nephew.  In these roles, Danielle delivered successful organization design, talent management, and mergers and acquisitions across the US, Europe, and Asia.

Danielle earned a B.A. in Business from Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst and an Executive Business Certificate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Chief Strategy Officer

Peter Lehmann joined Sterling in April 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer. He brings extensive strategy and corporate development experience with leading companies in financial, information, and business services.

Prior to Sterling, Peter spent twelve years with Dun & Bradstreet, most recently in the role of Chief Strategy Officer, where he led corporate strategy, competitive intelligence, and mergers and acquisitions globally.

Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Peter held senior leadership positions with Merrill Lynch, Intuit, and American Express. He was also part of the founding team of EmployeeMatters, a cloud-based payroll company acquired by Intuit.

Peter began his professional career in strategy consulting with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) where he was a Principal in the Financial Institutions practice.

Peter earned a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.