Zoopla announces new senior product and tech hires

Posted on September 11, 2020 by Alistair Hardaker

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Online property marketplace Zoopla has announced a wave of new hires to its Product & Technology team.

Jo Wickremasinghe joins Zoopla as Product Director, joining from HealthTech from Babylon Health.

Wickremasinghe has previously held senior roles leading digital product teams at News UK, Which?, Microsoft and BBC.

At Zoopla Wickremasinghe will lead a team responsible for all consumer products and experiences including Zoopla, Prime Location, Smart New Homes and the Zoopla mobile apps.

Also joining Zoopla from Babylon Health, Simon Woodward has taken up the role of Product Director.

Woodward is leading the re-imagining of the Agent CRM product portfolio, and alongside his work at Babylon Health he has held senior roles at King, BMC Software and Hewlett Packard.

Dan Martins joins as Product Director, after previous roles at Microsoft where he led the redesign of Skype for iOS and more recently as Chief Product Officer at FinTech firm Azimo.

He will lead a 60 strong team and have responsibility for Customer Growth.

Zoopla’s new Director of Product Design, Tony Collins, joins the company from Auto Trader UK.

Collins spent ten years at Auto Trader, leading the company’s Product Design teams building tools and services for millions of consumers and thousands of customers.

At Zoopla he will be responsible for leading Product Design and User Research.

Joining from Starling Bank, where she held the role as Product Director, Sarah Guha is taking up a role at Zoopla as Consumer Product Lead.

In her role Guha will be responsible for Zoopla’s Search, Recommendations and Listing experiences.

Prior to her time at Starling Bank Guha held senior roles in San Francisco with design and technology agency Beyond and in Hong Kong with Haymarket Media Asia.

Commenting on the new hires Dave Wascha, Zoopla’s Chief Product & Technology Officer, said: “Zoopla has a once-in-lifetime opportunity to re-imagine the property industry and we are thrilled to have such a talented group of leaders join the company.

“The new hires bring with them unrivalled experience and a passion for innovation along with strong leadership credentials. We have no doubt they will make a real impact in the months and years ahead in our ambition to offer our customers an ever-improving set of products and services which they can use to reach their goals.”

In addition to the new roles Zoopla has launched its first apprenticeship in Software Engineering, in conjunction with the Tech She Can Charter, with ten roles available.

The company returned to private ownership in July 2018 after a purchase by a group led by global private equity firm Silver Lake.

Property platform Zoopla to hire 50 new tech and product staff

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