Leadership Team

Founded in 2016 by a team of experienced Payments and Signals Intelligence experts, the Leadership Team consists of deep expertise in Payments and Financial Services.

Dr. Scott Edington

Chief Executive Officer
& Co-founder

Dr. Scott Edington provides executive leadership and oversight for Deep Labs. Edington’s career spans over two decades of creating next generation technology capabilities in the Payments, Defense, and Intelligence sectors.

Prior to co-founding Deep Labs, Edington served as the Global Head of Research and Development for Visa Inc. Edington played a critical role in both the formulation and execution of Visa’s innovation and technology strategies and served as a member of Visa’s Architectural Leadership Board (ALB).

Prior to joining Visa, Edington was a technology executive at Booz Allen Hamilton where he ran the firm’s Technology Injection (emerging technologies) practice.  In this capacity, he was responsible for all of Booz Allen’s technology injection, R&D, strategic prototyping, and knowledge management and information sharing efforts.  Edington also directed the firm’s external technology relationships with Academia, National labs, the vendor community and various technology incubators.

Edington holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University; and industry certifications in the areas of security, strategy, and network computing.

Jiri Novak

Chief Technology Officer

Jiri Novak is a top performing technology leader with over two decades of financial services experience. Novak’s expert leadership of large-scale data platforms has directly impacted critical decision making, operational quality, performance, and profitability at major organizations including Visa and JPM Chase.

Novak is Chief Technology Officer at Deep Labs leading all aspects of software development including architecture, design, platform security, client engagement and technical support.

Prior to Deep Labs, Novak worked as the CTO at Uphold (formerly Bitnet) where he was leading next-generation data products including architecture, R&D, design, mining/analytics, and development. Novak also worked as a Chief Data Architect at Visa leading the merchant services data platform vision, architecture, and implementation with a focus on security, scalability, and resiliency and at JPM Chase leading design and delivery of analytical services and financial data products.

Novak holds a Master’s degree from Czech Technical University; and certifications including but not limited to SCPM (Stanford Certified Program Manager), Cloudera Certified Hadoop Administrator, OCP (Oracle Database Certified Professional), and Teradata Certified Professional.

Nicole Ojakian

Head of People & Culture

Nicole Ojakian is the Head of People and Culture at Deep Labs. Nicole brings extensive global experience in creating best place to work cultures focusing on employee relations and engagement, talent acquisition and development, total rewards, infrastructure development and rapid growth, policy, law and compliance, internal communications, and professional development and coaching.

In her former role, Nicole was the Global Director of Human Resources for a leading provider of real-time risk analytics on global derivatives markets. She played a pivotal role in securing the #1 Best Small Employer to work for in New York by Best Companies Group three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). Her industry experience includes FinTech, Biotech and Public Accounting. 

She holds a Master’s in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Providence College.

Kate Thome

Head of Enterprise
Client Services

Kate Thome is the Head of Enterprise Client Services at Deep Labs. She provides strategic guidance to Financial Services and Payments businesses. Throughout her career, she has created and identified novel solutions to business challenges using both analytical and design/system thinking approaches. Previously, at Visa Inc., Kate served in a series of client-facing leadership roles culminating as Head of US Risk Services. Prior to her work at Visa, Kate held positions in analytics and marketing for financial institutions including HSBC, Capital One Bank, and MBNA (now Bank of America).

She holds an M.B.A. from the A.B Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and a B.A. in Philosophy from The College of the Holy Cross.