Shaun Di Gregorio, the General Manager for International Business, has made the shock announcement that he is leaving the REA Group after 7 ½ years. The announcement was made to all staff at the REA Group’s global conference at a resort on the Sunshine Coast.
Shaun was an integral part of the team that made realestate.com.au into the market leading property portal in Australia. He joined in early 2002 as the Sales Manager and in 2005 took over as General Manager for Australia. During that time he helped take realestate.com.au from being used by 20% of agents to being used by over 90%+ of agents.
Over the last 18 months Shaun has been responsible for the international operations of the REA Group excluding the UK and Italy, which report directly to the CEO.
It is believed that Shaun chose to move on from the REA Group to explore new career opportunities.
The departure of Shaun is not surprising. Recently the REA Group redefined itself as an Australian company with some international businesses. As such, it has closed the New Zealand business, closed the UK print publications and is exiting the UK.
Of interest was the non-appearance of the UAE team at the REA Group global conference last week. Perhaps they are the next business slated for sale or closure?
The resignation of Shaun sees the departure of yet another long serving member the original core team that built the REA Group between 2002 and 2008. Other departures include long time CEO, Simon Baker, the CIO, Chris Vulovic, the Head of Industry Sales and Marketing, John Hart, and the most recent CEO of the Australian business, Jamie Pride.