Digital mortgage lender reveals string of new senior exec hires

Digital mortgage lender reveals string of new senior exec hires

Online mortgage lender is on a mission to reinvent its image.

The embattled startup announced today several new hires of senior executives, including a new chief growth officer and a new head of sales.

In case you missed it, has seen a flurry of execs depart the company in recent months during which it let go thousands of workers across multiple rounds of layoffs.

Now, the New York-based startup says it has named Sushil Sharma as its first chief growth officer. Sharma previously served as chief product officer at LendingTree and Match, where he helped that company go public and led product, marketing analytics, CRM and revenue.

Steve Riddell has been appointed the company’s new head of sales. He has three decades of executive sales experience at companies such as Casper, Sprint and, which was acquired by Home Depot.

“In only six years, Better has originated nearly $100B of mortgages,” said Vishal Garg, CEO and founder of Better, in a press release. “Expanding our team with seasoned pros who are still fast, hungry, and eager will be pivotal to achieving our next phase of growth.”

In addition to Sharma and Riddell, Better has also named Ryan Jewison head of Better Cover, the company’s digital insurance arm. He previously worked at US Bank, Doma and Elavon. Nick Taylor has been appointed head of Better Real Estate, and previously worked at Zillow in sales and strategy and at Modus. Josh Durodola has been named head of Better Services after having served as the company’s director of strategy and operations. Brian Ro has been appointed VP of people after previously leading total rewards and compensation strategy at Deloitte, Zeigler, Ripple, Chekr and Gopuff.

Jennifer Malin has been named head of enterprise risk and previously was a partner with global law firm Winston & Strawn. And Nitin Bhutani has been appointed head of marketing, after having previously worked at HSBC, LendingTree and J.G. Wentworth.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Ro told me that he joined the company in May and is encouraged by the company having “talented people who want to be here and be part of the rebirth.”

“And frankly, that’s the reason I joined the company as well,” he added. “I believe in the mission, that the home buying process should be faster, easier and less expensive. Better is still the top online mortgage provider in the country. So they are a leader in what they do.”

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