Multiple new executives have joined Better.com to bolster its leadership team and forge long-term growth, the company announced in a press release.
Better’s biggest pulls are Sushil Sharma as Chief Growth Officer, the first for the company, and Steve Riddell as Head of Sales.
Sharma is an industry veteran with two decades of experience in product management and software engineering. Prior to Better, he served as Chief Product Officer at both LendingTree and Match.
“Better’s mission to make homeownership simpler, faster, and more affordable instantly drew me in,” said Sharma. “A home is much more than a place to live: it provides stability to raise a family and is one of the biggest financial assets an individual can own. I am excited to join Better’s senior leadership and help people achieve their American dream.”
Riddell brings three decades of sales experience with him, including high-level positions at Casper, Spring, and Blinds.com.
“Better is committed to removing the complexity around homeownership and tailoring solutions to the needs of its customers. We are only scratching the surface of what is possible on this platform, and I look forward to delivering the best experience possible to the individuals and families that rely on us every single day,” he said.
Additional hires include Ryan Jewison, Head of Better Cover; Nick Taylor, Head of Better Real Estate; Josh Durodola, Head of Better Services; Brian Ro, VP of People; Jennifer Malin, VP of Enterprise Risk; Nitin Bhutani, VP of Marketing.
“In only six years, Better has originated nearly $100B of mortgages,” said Vishal Garg, CEO and founder of Better. “Expanding our team with seasoned pros who are still fast, hungry, and eager will be pivotal to achieving our next phase of growth.”
Better found itself with a few glaring vacancies after multiple execs left the company in the wake of Garg’s terrible PR year. The company came into the spotlight after laying off 900 employees via Zoom three weeks before last Christmas.
Rumors about Garg’s “bully” behavior, including berating the company’s own investors and calling employees “dumb dolphins,” led to high-profile exec exits.
This round of hires shows that Garg is intent on rebranding Better and continuing to grow the company.