Jason Post, Compass’ vice president of communications, is leaving the well-funded, growing real estate brokerage to join Google, Post confirmed to Inman, Wednesday. Post took the helm in January 2019, after former head of communications Julie Binder left the company.
“I’m proud of what I accomplished in my time at Compass,” Post told Inman. “I’m excited about my new opportunity and wish everyone at Compass well.”
During Post’s tenure, Compass closed a $370 million Series G funding round, its seventh since 2013, propelling the company to a new valuation of $6.4 billion. The company also made a number of notable acquisitions, including tech startup Contactually, as well as Alain Pinel Realtors, Stribling & Associates and a number of other smaller brokerages.
“We are grateful for Jason’s partnership in telling the Compass story in his time here, and wish him well in the future,” Matt Spangler, Compass’ chief brand and communications officer said, in a statement.
Compass has also seen tremendous growth in existing markets, climbing to 13,000 agents at last count. In January, when Post took the job, Compass said it had roughly 8,000 agents.
At the same time, there’s been some turnover in management, with the departures of Eytan Seidman and Khurrum Malik, two executive-level employees.
Post’s departure comes at a time when many believe an initial public offering for the company is the next step for the 7-year-old, New York City-based company. Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said this week that an IPO was “likely.”
At the same time, Compass is also currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits, including one where it’s being sued by Realogy, the nation’s largest real estate holding company. Realogy is alleging that Compass engages in, “unfair business practices and illegal schemes to gain market share at all costs.”
In a motion to dismiss, Compass alleged that Realogy actually explored selling to Compass, which Realogy has denied.
Update: Updated with comment from Matt Spangler, Compass’ chief brand and communications officer