Proptech startup, Knock, has announced two new appointments to bolster its leadership team. Joining the company, Jennifer T. Miller was the former General Counsel, Head of Regulatory Affairs at Loon, a specialized project by Alphabet. Miller will now be the new Chief Legal Officer.
Via promotion, Terra Casey Soloski has also been named the new Vice President, People, a newly created role along with Chief Legal Officer that will help accelerate Knock’s goal of offering consumers an easier way to buy a new home before listing their current one.
Both Miller and Soloski report to Sean Black, Knock Co-Founder & CEO. On the appointments, Black commented on the importance of a strong leadership team to guide the company through its growth phase:
“As someone who has served as the general counsel for a technology startup operating in two highly regulated industries and helped to take another fast-growing tech company public, Jennifer is an incredible addition to the team. Terra was one of our first hires, and she has played an integral role in shaping who we are as a company. I’m thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the Knock team, and excited that Terra will continue to lead all things people, talent and culture at Knock for years to come.”
As the new Chief Legal Officer, Miller will manage the legal activities, like corporate governance, litigation, intellectual property, and contracts. Before joining Knock, Miller has spent the last two decades of her career as a business-focused legal executive for accelerated technology companies. Aside from Loon, Miller has worked at Gigamon, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco.
On her appointment, Miller said:
“Throughout my career, I’ve been attracted to innovative companies with strong collaborative executive teams that envision how things should be and redefine their industry. Knock is one of those companies. I am inspired by how Knock envisions a world where people can move freely, and am excited to be joining such an incredibly talented team as the company’s first chief legal officer.”
As for Soloski, he was formerly the Head of Talent and Culture. In her new role, she will be responsible for all matters surrounding employees including talent acquisition, culture, diversity and inclusion, employer brand, employment engagement, compensation, benefits, and HR compliances as the company grows its staff-base from 100 employees at the start of this year to almost 500 by the end of it.
Soloski has worked at Knock for four years and during that time, she has been responsible for spearheading multiple recruitments and building Knock’s POPSICLE (Passionate, Open, People First, Simplicity, Impact, Courage, Learning, Enjoying Life) culture, a project that helped get Knock a spot on Forbes’ Best Startup Employers 2020-21 list.
Miller and Soloski are just the most recent leadership appointments at Knock. The company had promised 2021 to be a huge year for company growth and has lived up to that promise thus far. In January, Knock named former Lyft VP, Finance, Michelle DeBella as its first CFO. In February, it appointed Laura Gray as the new Head of Lending. Another name to note is Airbnb Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety, Vijaya Kaza, who joined the company’s board of directors in February, as well.