Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) announced today Jeremy Hofmann has been promoted to chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds Allen Parker, who will transition to an advisory role into the first quarter of 2024.
Hofmann joined Zillow Group nearly six years ago and most recently served as senior vice president (SVP) of corporate development and strategy, with deep experience in strategy, finance, budgeting and operations rigor, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and partnerships. Notably, Jeremy led Zillow’s redefined Housing Super App strategy in early 2022 and has been a key driver of its execution over the past 18 months.
“Jeremy has been an integral part of Zillow’s growth since he joined the company,” says Zillow co-founder and CEO Rich Barton. “He’s at the center of our strategy to capture a greater share of customer transactions in real estate while making it easier for more and more people to get home. Jeremy is key in driving progress on our growth strategy with operational and financial discipline, and I’m looking forward to him having an even bigger hand in shaping the future of Zillow as our CFO.”
Parker was named CFO in 2018. “Allen brought an operating mindset and focus on processes through a changing macroeconomy and Zillow’s strategic shift toward the transaction,” says Barton. “We’re very grateful for Allen’s leadership over the past five years, and for his continued support of the team over the next few quarters to ensure a smooth transition.”
Prior to joining Zillow, Hofmann spent nearly 10 years in financial services, predominantly at Goldman Sachs, where he was a vice president in investment banking, closing more than $40B of transactions. As SVP of corporate development and strategy at Zillow, Hofmann has led many critical workstreams:
- Drove the launch and execution of Zillow’s Housing Super App strategy in early 2022.
- Deployed a cross-functional team to drive budgeting and operating efficiency measures in 2019, which have since been realized across the business.
- Has driven effective capital management programs since 2019 to support organic and strategic growth, while also returning excess capital to shareholders.
- Raised more than $2.5B of equity capital over the past 5 years to support prior growth strategies.
- Initiated a $1.8B share repurchase program in late 2021.
- Led several key company acquisitions and partnerships, including the acquisition of ShowingTime in 2021.
- Has overseen investor relations since 2020.
“Being part of Zillow’s growth over the last six years has been incredibly rewarding,” says Hofmann. “Zillow has always been a leader in delivering transformative tech-enabled solutions for customers and partners in real estate, and I couldn’t be more optimistic about the opportunity in front of us. I’m excited to take on this new challenge, leading our business with a strong focus on driving revenue and prudently managing costs on behalf of our shareholders.”
Effective today, Jeremy oversees Zillow’s finance, corporate development, strategy and investor relations teams, and reports to CEO Rich Barton. There is no change to the second quarter 2023 guidance issued in Zillow’s first quarter 2023 report released on May 3, 2023.
About Zillow Group
Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.
Zillow Group’s affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®; Zillow Premier Agent®; Zillow Home Loans℠; Zillow Closing Services℠; Trulia®; Out East®; StreetEasy®; HotPads®; and ShowingTime+℠, which includes ShowingTime®, Bridge Interactive®, and dotloop®.
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