CEO and founder Michael Bruce has departed online estate agent Purplebricks, to be succeeded by the firm’s relatively new COO.

Vic Darvey joined the company in January of this year as its group chief operating officer after a five-year stint at price comparison site MoneySuperMarket.

Darvey began his work with The MoneySuperMarket Group as managing director of TravelSuperMarket in 2012, before moving to the role of MoneySupermarket managing director in 2015.

As MD, Darvey was accountable for all aspects of the MoneySupermarket.com business with full strategic, commercial and operational control.

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Prior to this he was group director of marketing and customer management at financial spread betting provider CMC Markets from 2010 to 2012.

He also spent five years as VP of distribution at lastminute.com between 2004 and 2010, but his tech credentials go back further still: he built a tech firm in 1997 which would power the websites of leading travel firms including Expedia, Opodo, Thomas Cook, TUI and Kuoni.

LastMinute would buy his company in 2004 after turnover reached £105m in just six years, with a float on the AIM in 2000.

Between 2008 and 2009 Darvey attended the SMU Business School in Dallas to study Advanced Executive Leadership.

Darvey describes himself as having a highly entrepreneurial mindset.

“I have been fortunate enough to work across a number of highly competitive and disruptive industries,” he writes on his LinkedIn profile.

“I am passionate about building highly-engaged teams and am very focused on creating a culture of innovation and customer-centricity throughout an organisation.”

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