propertyportalwatch.com understands that Doug Blue, general manager of customer marketing at REA Group, has been made redundant after a company restructure. Sources say REA Group will soon merge its consumer and customer marketing teams, and that Blue was a casualty of this decision.
Blue is one of a number of people who have left the REA team over the past two years. His leaving follows the departure of head of residential Daniel Bignold in March and director Alasdair MacLeod in early February. In 2009, the company also lost general manager for international business Shaun Di Gregorio and Australian CEO Jamie Pride.
The news comes as REA is gearing up to release a new version of their leading Australian property portal, realestate.com.au.
Blue joined REA Group in July 2008 after more than seven years at Sensis, where he held various senior leadership roles in marketing, product management and product development for Yellow Pages Online and Trading Post.
Prior to working at Sensis, Blue spent two years at Unisys in the IT services sector and nine years as a submarine officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy.