People Roundup: Casavo, Adevinta, Mubawab Group

January 19, 2024
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Joiners, leavers, the employment merry-go-round continues to revolve in earnest. Here are three stories we've spotted this week...

 

Casavo's Head of Marketplace resigns

Italian iBuyer Casavo has lost its Head of Marketplace with the resignation of Victoria Weidemann after three years at the company.

Interestingly, Weidemann's LinkedIn post announcing her resignation mentioned how she will use her time off to focus on writing her second book (her first appears to be a study of Austrian writer Hermann Broch!).

Back on topic, Casavo last year announced that it would pause its iBuying activity for the time being, instead pivoting to focus on its mortgage brokerage business. The firm lost €53M in 2022 and exited the Portuguese market in February 2023 just 13 months after a €100M expansion.

 

Adevinta hires new UX Director

Philipp Busse has been named the new head of UX design at Adevinta, joining from its subsidiary business, the German marketplace Kleinanzeigen.

As part of his new role, Busse will oversee Adevinta brands including Leboncoin, Subito, Marktplaats, InfoJobs, Milanuncios, Fotocasa—and previous employer Kleinanzeigen.

 

Mubawab founder becomes Chairman

Kevin Gormand, the founder of the Moroccan market leader Mubawab Group, has appointed himself Chairman of the Group as part of a wider management reshuffle.

In a post on LinkedIn, Gorman said:

"For my part, I am now taking on a new role: Chairman of the Group, where my objective is to ensure the cohesion of the different entities and to ensure the achievement of the vision that we all share: 'make the buyer smarter'."

The reshuffle also sees CTO Abderra El Haitout manage Mubawab IT Services; Zineb Bouayad takes charge at Mubawab Morocco; and Anis Gharbie takes charge of Mubawab Tunisia.

January 19, 2024
Harvey is an experienced property journalist and copywriter. He has written about the property industry since 2015, starting at The Property Franchise Group in the UK, before moving to Spain to work for Spotahome. He has blogged for the private rented sector, ghostwritten for UK property experts and written case studies for franchise owners around the UK. Harvey joined Online Marketplaces as a News Editor in 2022.

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