Smitha Mortis is the General Counsel of Branch, a mobile-first technology that helps hourly workers grow financially. She brings over a decade of experience in the payments space, helping early-stage companies navigate rapid growth within the evolving regulatory landscape. As General Counsel, she leads Branch's legal and compliance strategies, providing guidance on a range of matters including regulation, corporate finance, partnerships, and government affairs.
Before joining Branch, Smitha was the Chief Compliance Officer of Klarna Inc., the US subsidiary of Klarna Bank AB, a payments company based in Stockholm, Sweden. As an early member of the Klarna Inc. team, she helped establish the US business along with the development and launch of Klarna's lending products in the US market. Prior to Klarna, Smitha worked at PayPal where she led the legal marketing review team, and supported the credit and payments business, along with the government relations team in Washington DC. Smitha received her BA from Marquette University and J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She splits her time between Minneapolis and the DC metro area.