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Mortgage Executives Recruited, Promoted

Some recent executive appointments at mortgage firms were internal promotions, and others were recruits from competitors. The past month has seen much C-Suite activity.

LLC reported last month that its founder and chief executive officer, Anthony Hsieh, was named Executive of the Year in the second annual LendIt Industry Awards.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. announced last month that Tony Ebers was appointed to the newly created role of chief operating officer. His new job gives him immediate responsibility for servicing, originations and Xome operations.

Ebers’ originally joined Dallas-based Nationstar in 2015. His nearly three decades’ experience included time at IndyMac Bank FSB, OneWest Bank FSB and Black Knight’s ServiceLink unit.

On April 30, Freddie Mac revealed that William H. McDavid will be retiring as executive vice president – general counsel and corporate secretary at the end of this year.

Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Donald H. Layton said in the statement that McDavid drove
the legal and regulatory strategy at the McLean, Virginia-based company for six years.

Stepping in as Freddie’ new executive vice president and senior legal advisor to Layton is Ricardo Anzaldua. He was previously general counsel at MetLife Inc.

“We welcome to Freddie Mac Ricardo Anzaldua, an accomplished attorney and experienced general counsel whose experience and advice will be invaluable as we prepare for the future,” Layton said.

Earlier last month, Freddie reported Christopher E. Herbert was elected as a director on its board. Herbert has been the managing director for Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies since January 2015.   Before that he was research director from 2010 through 2014 and a research analyst from 1993 to 1997.

J.G. Wentworth disclosed on April 27 that Randi Sellari has been appointed CEO of specialty finance. She had already been president and chief operating office of Chesterbook, Pennsylvania-based J.G. Wenthworth — which she originally joined in 1996. Her LinkedIn profile shows that she left J.G. Wentworth from February 2015 to April 2018.

The announcement additionally indicated that Phil Buscemi, president of J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, now reports directly to the board of directors as the lender “continues to experience record growth in loan originations and operational capacity.”

Mary Beth Balzli has been named president and CEO of Synovus Mortgage Corp. Balzli has been with the company since 1999.

The new chief financial officer at Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC is Mathew Brumble, according to an April 4 announcement and Brumble’s LinkedIn profile.
During his 26 years in the business, Brumble worked at multiple firms including Academy Mortgage Corp.

Better Mortgage said Monday that Howard Katzenberg is its new CFO. Before coming on board the New York-based company, Katzenberg spent a decade as CFO of OnDeck.

Michael Royer has been named executive vice president of wholesale lending at Pacific Union Financial LLC, a new release Monday said. He reportedly has more than two decades in the business.

Royer’s LinkedIn profile indicates he most recently worked as managing director of wholesale at Stearns Lending LLC., where he hung his hat for nearly six years. He spent a year at MetLife Home Loans, and worked for Countrywide Bank and its successor Bank of America Corp. for five years.

The new senior vice president, recapture and direct to consumer, at Caliber Home Loans Inc. is Justin Lally, a May 3 press release said. Lally. His prior employers include First Direct Lending and Discover Financial Services.

In April, Coppell, Texas-based Caliber said it hired loanDepot’s former
president of direct lending. Chad Smith is now executive vice president, head of recapture and direct to consumer. Like Lally, Smith also previously worked at Discover.

Other recent mortgage executive appointments are included in the following table.

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