Founders

Shane Flynn

Shane FlynnShane Flynn is co-founder and Managing Director of Cordjia. He is actively involved with all aspects of Cordjia’s business, with a particular emphasis on the firm’s financial services practice. Shane has worked as an advisor to some of the largest U.S. and European private equity firms and banks. For example, he was a key confidential advisor on one of the largest lending platform transactions to occur in the past five years.

Prior to founding Cordjia, Shane was Senior Vice Chairman of MBNA America (acquired by Bank of America), Chief Executive Officer of MBNA Europe and a member of MBNA’s executive committee. In his 17 years with MBNA, Shane served in a broad spectrum of roles encompassing all aspects of marketing, sales, operations and administration activities.

During his two-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of MBNA Europe (6,000+ people), Shane had full responsibility for all activities associated with the company’s nearly $30 billion loan portfolio in the U.K., Ireland and Spain, and the company doubled its profitability from year-end 2004 to year-end 2005. Shane took responsibility over MBNA’s credit losses when they hit an all-time high. Under his management the losses fell each month, resulting in an immediate and significant impact on corporate profitability and market capitalization.

Shane also oversaw the development of MBNA's regional marketing strategy, and as Chief Executive Officer of MBNA Marketing Systems (7,000 people), he had direct responsibility for all regional sales and affinity group relationship-management offices as well as for the company’s significant and widespread telemarketing activities. These regional offices were responsible for the acquisition of over half of the company’s new affinity credit card accounts each year from many of MBNA’s largest and most profitable relationships.

In May 2008, Shane was appointed chairman of Chester Renaissance, a £1.5 billion economic development organization in Chester, U.K. Shane chaired the private and public sector partnership board that oversees new developments and city center improvements that aim to make Chester an outstanding place to live, visit and do business.

Frank McKelvey

Frank McKelveyFrank McKelvey is co-founder and Managing Director of Cordjia and the partner responsible for overseeing Cordjia Business Advisory Services (CBAS), the firm’s specialty consulting practice. CBAS has served a wide variety of top tier clients focused on consumer lending, loyalty programs, affinity and co-brand relationships and M&A advisory services. Cordjia’s clients include several of the largest U.S. and European private equity firms, banks, insurance companies and consumer brands.

Prior to founding Cordjia, Frank was a Vice Chairman of MBNA America (acquired by Bank of America) and served as a member of the company’s management committee, loan quality committee and personnel committee. In his 22 years with the world’s largest independent credit card issuer, he held numerous executive-level positions in Marketing, Sales, Loan Quality, Operations, Administration and Strategic Planning.

Frank had P&L responsibility for MBNA’s largest co-branded sector ($12 billion in loans), which included major partners such as the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, L.L.Bean and AAA. As part of the bank’s diversification strategy, he had previously managed MBNA’s emerging growth businesses, including Small Business Lending, Aircraft Lending, Mortgage Lending and Dental Practice Financing and served on the board of MBNA Delaware Bank, the subsidiary housing all non-consumer credit card lending. Frank was the executive responsible for leading MBNA’s start-up activities in both Canada and Ireland and also oversaw MBNA’s six regional business development offices in the United States, which generated more than half of the bank’s new affinity credit card accounts. At various times, Frank headed up the company’s Consumer Deposits ($30 billion), Customer Satisfaction (5,000 people), Customer Retention, Loan Quality and global Personnel divisions.

Frank currently serves as an outside director or board advisor to several unaffiliated companies and non-profits.