Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions, July 31 to Aug. 4

Rocket Companies has named Varun Krishna as its new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 5.

LoanDepot has announced that Melanie Graper has been named chief human resources officer. Graper will oversee all aspects of the company’s human capital function and drive forward critical organizational aspects of loanDepot’s Vision 2025 plan. She will be based in the organization’s Orange County, California, headquarters. Most recently, she served as chief human resources officer at CoreLogic from 2019 to 2023. Graper received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

KFS Mortage Company has added Sabrina Johnson as director of mortgage production. Prior to joining KFS Mortgage, Johnson held positions at several national banks and mortgage companies.

Service First Mortgage has welcomed back Erich Cosio, who recently rejoined the company as a loan officer. Cosio first joined the company when it was Cendera Funding; Cendera was purchased by Service First in 2018, with Cosio staying until 2022, when he left to pursue other opportunities.

Cenlar FSB announced today that Gabe Rinaldi has joined the company as vice president of the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). In this position, he will lead the EPMO, as well as build a process engineering team that will identify and lead initiatives to enhance end-to-end processes. Before joining Cenlar, Gabe was vice president of operational excellence & transformation at SIRVA BGRS Worldwide, Inc. He also held multiple leadership positions at Webster Bank, most recently senior vice President of deposit operations. He was also project director, Six Sigma Black Belt, and led the Process Excellence PMO at The Hartford. Gabe earned a master of science in Organizational Communication from Fairfield University and a bachelor of science in business administration and accounting from the University of Connecticut.

CBRE Group announced two promotions to senior executive roles: Chad Doellinger to general counsel, and Banke Odunaike to the new position of chief culture officer. Doellinger was a senior member of the CBRE legal group from May 2020 to April 2023 before being promoted to chief transformation officer earlier this year. He previously served as legal chief operations officer and deputy general counsel overseeing litigation, intellectual property and other areas. His prior experience includes serving as head of complex litigation for Walmart. In her new role, Odunaike will support the effort to advance CBRE’s culture with an initial focus on oversight of four areas: ethics and compliance; diversity across multiple dimensions globally; senior leadership talent identification and development; and succession planning. She has been a member of CBRE’s legal group since 2017, rising to the top position overseeing all legal matters across EMEA and APAC for the Advisory Services business segment.


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