Zillow appoints president, key execs for mortgage business

by Ryan Smith10 Sep 2019

Zillow Group has announced the appointment of a mortgage industry veteran as president of its Zillow Home Loans business and filled several other key positions.

The company has named Rian Furey president of Zillow Home Loans. Furey has more than 20 years of direct consumer-lending operations and capital markets experience. He will report to Greg Schwartz, president of media and marketplaces at Zillow Group.

Prior to joining Zillow Home Loans, Furey served as chief operating officer at Impac Mortgage. He has also served as chief administrative officer at loanDepot and COO at LendingTree Loans. He also has extensive capital markets experience, having served as vice president of capital markets at Discover Home Loans and COO of Greenlight Loans.

In addition to serving as president of Zillow Home Loans, Furey will oversee Zillow Group’s mortgage portfolio.

Zillow has also appointed several other industry veterans to key positions at Zillow Home Loans:

  • Libby Cooper has been appointed vice president of strategy and operations. She most recently served as senior vice president of strategy at Impac Mortgage and has also held roles at Clara Lending, Discover Financial Services and LendingTree Loans
  • Darren Apfel has been named senior director of product development. Apfel has more than 20 years of product leadership experience from Microsoft
  • Jeff Kibbey will serve as vice president of compliance. Kibbey is an acknowledged expert on mortgage regulation and compliance at the state and federal levels. He most recently served as chief compliance officer and general counsel at Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company
  • Paul Thomas has been named vice president of finance. Prior to joining Zillow Home Loans, he served as executive vice president of capital markets at SunTrust Mortgage and COO at Pingora Asset Management.

Zillow Home Loans launched in April after Zillow’s acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America. The business has recently encountered some roadblocks; last month, Zillow Group President Rich Barton said the company had slowed its hiring of mortgage originators in order to work out kinks in its home-loan software platform.