News Corp, which acquired Move Inc. last month, announced that Ryan O’Hara, former president of The Madison Square Garden Company and The Topps Company, will take the reins as head of Move, replacing current CEO Steve Berkowitz.
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O’Hara will assume the role of Move’s CEO the first week of January, when the company will be rolling out a marketing campaign across The Wall Street Journal Digital Network to drive traffic to realtor.com®.
“I’m grateful for this exciting opportunity to join the team at Move and help make realtor.com® the best in the business,” says O’Hara. “The digital real estate marketplace is poised for rapid expansion as more people go online to buy, sell, and rent property in America, and as more businesses advertise on digital real estate platforms to reach those home owners. I believe realtor.com® is ready to capitalize on this technological revolution.”
News Corp, which owns such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, also has a majority ownership of the REA Group Ltd., a leading Australian residential property website.
Berkowitz has led Move since January 2009, but O’Hara comes to the company with real estate in his blood. His grandfather and uncle were successful brokers, and his cousin is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. O’Hara also earned a California real estate license while he was in college.
“We are excited to have secured Ryan O’Hara to take the helm at Move, given his record of transforming businesses in the digital age and his clear determination to accelerate the growth of the company,” News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said in a statement. “We are also extremely grateful to Steve Berkowitz for his years of astute and principled leadership, during which period he secured greater operating flexibility for the business and put the company on a solid growth trajectory.”
O’Hara most recently served as president of the Madison Square Garden Company and led the MSG Media, technology, and marketing partnership divisions. Before that, he was president and CEO of the Topps Co., an entertainment trading card and consumer products business. During his time there, he expanded the business digitally and globally, according to News Corp. O’Hara also has served with several News Corp businesses, such as Gemstar TV Guide International/TV Guide Co., Fox Cable News in Los Angeles, and BSkyB in London.
“Ryan’s experience in the digital media and entertainment industry and his deft management skills will be invaluable assets as we pursue the rapid expansion of Move in this era of exponential change,” Thomson said in the statement. “We believe he has the ability to leverage the relationship with our existing U.S. media properties to the benefit of all and to make the most of the significant expertise at REA, our majority-owned, notably successful and still growing digital property site in Australia. … He also looks forward to working closely with the National Association of REALTORS®, a key and crucial partner of Move, knowing that REALTORS® are at the heart of American real estate transactions.”
Move’s network of websites, which includes realtor.com®, reaches more than 30 million online visitors per month.
Source: News Corp