David Doctorow is set to take the helm of Move, the News Corp. subsidiary that operates the online search portal realtor.com. Tracey Fellows, News Corp.’s president of global digital real estate, had been in the role in an interim capacity since Ryan O’Hara departed from the company in June 2019.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the team at News Corp. and to lead Move, Inc., where we have the privilege of helping real estate professionals match buyers and sellers as they make one of the most important personal and financial events of their lives,” Doctorow said, in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with the strong Move team to take the business to the next level.”
Doctorow was previously the head of global growth at eBay Marketplaces since 2016. Prior to his executive role at eBay, he served as the chief marketing and strategy officer at Expedia, which, coincidentally, was founded by Rich Barton, the founder and current CEO of Zillow, realtor.com’s top home search rival.
He is also the latest real estate executive to come from McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm, joining Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider and Compass founder and CEO Robert Reffkin.
“[Doctorow] is a thoughtful, dynamic leader with vast experience in contemporary digital commerce, and thus the ideal individual to take charge at Move, whose audience growth is significantly outpacing that of the nearest competitor,” Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., said in a statement. “Realtor.com is the pre-eminent marketplace for consumers and real estate professionals, and [Doctorow’s] digital drive and his marketing savvy will enhance the company and the industry for years to come.”
Doctorow will now report directly to Fellows, who moves out of the interim CEO role and back into the job of president of global digital real estate at News Corp., a position she was promoted to in January 2019.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time working so closely with the team at Move, and I am thrilled that our search for the next CEO led us to David Doctorow, who I know is destined to lead realtor.com into an ever more prosperous future,” Fellows said in a statement.
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