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September 2023 » thefivestar.com 21 September 2023 M O V E R S & S H A K E R S growing businesses and acquisition integra- tion, Anne brings a valuable array of skills and experience that will complement our Board's existing expertise during this excit- ing phase for the company," Radian CEO Rick Thornberry said. "Our people are the difference is a core value for Radian, and our thoughtful and independent Board is deeply committed to ensuring that we support and maximize our talent in the pursuit of our mission to provide affordable, sustainable, and equitable homeownership—and we know Anne will help us do even more to further that objective." Radian Group aims to ensure the Amer- ican dream of homeownership responsibly and sustainably through products and services that include industry-leading mort- gage insurance and a comprehensive suite of mortgage, risk, title, valuation, asset manage- ment and other real estate services. BLACK KNIGHT NAMES LUCIE FORTIER EVP OF MLS SOLUTIONS GROUP Black Knight, Inc. has announced the appoint- ment of real estate indus- try veteran Lucie Fortier as EVP of the company's MLS Solutions group under Black Knight's Data & Analytics division. In her new role, Fortier will develop strategy and oversee development, sales, and client support for this team, which is focused on delivering premier solutions and support to the real estate market. "I'm honored to join Black Knight's talented MLS team to manage and enhance the best-in-class Paragon Connect app," Fortier said. "Black Knight and I share a vision for delivering solutions and innovation that support MLSs across North America in their mission to provide their members with industry-leading tools and services so that they remain front and center throughout the entire real estate process. Together, we are committed to making Paragon Connect the progressive tool real estate professionals use to respond even more quickly to their buyers' and sellers' needs, win more business and provide a customer-for-life real estate experience." Fortier has extensive experience in senior leadership roles for large real estate solutions providers, where she was responsible for product strategy and delivery of advanced real estate capabilities, web applications, real estate data and predictive analytics across the United States and Canada. She has also served as a board member of both the Council of Multiple Listing Services and the Real Estate Standards Organiza- tion (RESO), which was formed to develop data standards and processes that create efficiencies for all participants in real estate transactions. "Lucie's extensive real estate industry experience, coupled with her technology, data, and analytics expertise, make her an ideal fit to lead the Black Knight MLS Solu- tions group and help take our solutions and service to the next level," said Ben Graboske, President, Black Knight Data & Analytics. "She has in-depth knowledge of what our MLS clients need—both now and moving forward—and has proven time and time again that she knows how to get things done." Black Knight's Paragon and Paragon Connect software delivers advanced, lead- ing-edge capabilities to MLS organizations and real estate brokers and agents. This software, along with the comprehensive data and services Black Knight offers help clients better serve their customers and help simpli- fy the home-finding process. HOMETAP APPOINTS CARA NEWMAN AND JOSH GAFFNEY TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE ROLES Hometap, a Bos- ton-based fintech, has announced two senior appointments to its executive leadership team, welcoming Cara Newman as Head of Structured Finance and Josh Gaffney as General Counsel, and both new members will report to Hometap Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Glass. "I'm thrilled to welcome Josh Gaffney and Cara Newman to our team, each bringing to us extensive talents and experience in the legal, financial, and capital market fields that will be invaluable as we expand our efforts in structured finance and investor engagement," Hometap Co-Founder and CEO Jeffrey Glass said. "Drawing upon their guidance, I am confident that we will deliver even more value to our partners, investors, and stake- holders while always driving positive impact for homeowners and their families across the country." Newman joins Hometap as Head of Structured Finance, a newly-created role, after nearly six years at Redwood Trust, Inc., a specialty finance company focused on resi- dential mortgage credit, where she served as Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance. In her role at Hometap, Newman will develop and execute Hometap's asset capital strategy, finding the best market fit for Hometap's home equity investments (HEI) and leading a team focused on the optimi- zation, structure, pricing, and go-to-market approach across various potential investor segments. Additionally, Newman will expand Hometap's industry outreach efforts, both in her role as Vice Chair of the Structured Fi- nance Association's Women in Securitization, and through key structured finance market initiatives relating to sustainable investment frameworks, technology and the develop- ment of HEI as an asset class. A lawyer by training, Newman began her career in Mayer Brown LLP's structured finance practice and served as in-house counsel at a global invest- ment bank prior to joining Redwood Trust. With more than 17 years of legal expe- rience in highly-regulated environments, Gaffney will oversee all strategic and tactical legal initiatives for Hometap. He will provide effective guidance to the executive team on company strategies and their implementa- tion, manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel. Most recently, Gaffney served as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Banyan, a fintech company focused on using con- sumer data to enhance financial products. Previously, he served as Managing Counsel for American Express' Global Consumer Services Group. Newman and Gaffney are the latest additions to Hometap's senior leadership, fol- lowing the recent promotion of Sarah Dekin to President and hiring of Eugene Wong as CFO in the past year. 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