Rocket Announces Exec Leadership Changes

Rocket’s CFO and General Counsel are both retiring, resulting in changes to its executive leadership, the company announced in a press release.

Julie Booth, CFO and Treasurer, will be retiring effective November 15. She has been with Rocket Mortgage for nearly 20 years and has served as CFO since 2005.

She will be replaced by Brian Brown, currently Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to Rocket, he consulted with financial services companies at EY.

“During her time as CFO, Julie has been a tremendous leader in our organization, helping guide our company through significant growth and expansion, culminating with our IPO in 2020,” said Jay Farner, Rocket Companies Vice Chairman and CEO. 

“Even more impressive is the tremendous team Julie has built and the deep care she has shown for everyone in our company, including Brian, who has already proven himself to be an incredible financial mind who will help lead us well into the future.”

Angelo Vitale, General Counsel and Secretary, will be retiring effective today, October 3. Both will remain with the company in advisory roles. Vitale has worked at Rocket for 25 years. He will start his new “Of Counsel” position immediately.

Before being named General Counsel he served as CEO of Rocket Central. During his tenure, he also served as Rocket Mortgage’s EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. 

“Angelo has been an absolute pillar of this company for as long as I can remember. His wise counsel and passion for our business is legendary,” said Farner. “Whether it was sharing his expertise or stepping up to take on a new role, he has always been willing to do whatever it takes to make the business successful.”

Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary Tina V. John will take over his position. She joined the company in 2020 and has legal experience that spans 15 years in capital markets and public company guidance.

“Tina has quickly proven herself to be a great legal expert and the obvious choice to fill Angelo’s big shoes. Since joining the company, she has worked very closely with its leaders. It’s clear that her skill, strong knowledge and ability to build a team will make her a significant asset to our business,” Farner added.