Applabs Technologies Ltd (ASX Code: ALA) has secured the services of former REA Group exec, Mr Jamie Pride, as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Company’s 100%-owned real estate open inspection portal Home Open. At the REA Group, Jamie was responsible for realestate.com.au, the Australian operations of the Group, from 2008-9.
Mr Pride brings considerable experience to the Home Open business following a 20-year career history in peer-to-peer and enterprise software and mobile application development. Previously, he was a Partner at Deloitte Digital, CEO at realestate.com.au (Australian operations), and has also held key executive roles at salesforce.com and Cisco Systems. Mr Pride also built and sold his own technology start up to a major US based saleforce.com partner.
As Chairman of Home Open’s Advisory Board, Mr Pride will support the Applabs Board and executive team with the growth and development of the Home Open portal, drawing primarily from his experience in helping to establish realestate.com.au as the most visited real estate sales and leasing website in the Australian market. Mr Pride’s appointment comes at an important time in the growth and development of Home Open as the Company positions to implement a major sales and marketing program to strengthen consumer uptake and expansion in the Australian market. Applabs has established a strong presence in Western Australia and the Company is planning on growing its presence in the eastern states early in the New Year.
To assist Applabs with its near-term growth objectives, the Company is also pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Mark Matear to the position of Home Open sales executive. Mr Matear was previously an online advertising sales executive at the West Australian Newspaper, focusing on the real estate sector. His most recent achievement includes 2013/2014 Online Sales Person of the Year for West Australia Newspapers.
Applabs looks forward to announcing further prominent appointments in the coming weeks to further strengthen the depth of experience across the Home Open business.
Source: Press Release