Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions: Oct. 9-13

Cenlar FSB announced that Tom Byrne joined the company as vice president of quality control. In this newly created position, Byrne will be responsible for leading both the internal quality control team and outsourced vendors, establishing actionable business and team objectives that will drive execution of the quality control program. Byrne has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, with the last 13 concentrated in quality control and risk management. Before joining Cenlar, he was vice president and managing director of quality assurance at Homebridge Financial Services. He was also director of quality assurance and credit policy at Ocwen/Homeward Residential, as well as director of quality assurance at GMAC ResCap (Ally Financial).

Dark Matter Technologies announced the appointment of Michael Housch as chief risk and information security officer. Housch, a C-suite and information security veteran of 25 years, joins Dark Matter following an eight-year stint with Black Knight. Prior to Black Knight, Housch served as chief information officer at First Federal Bank of Florida for more than 12 years. Housch earned his MBA from Jacksonville University in 2022.

Citywide Home Loans named John Cady as its new president. Cady, who joins the firm with more than 35 years of experience in the mortgage industry, will be charged with continuing the company’s national growth efforts.

USAA Federal Savings Bank promoted Herbie Huesman to senior vice president of real estate, following four years of executive roles within the bank. Huesman, based in Tampa, most recently served as USAA’s interim general manager for real estate. He joined USAA in 2019 to lead the bank’s capital markets and real estate operations teams. Prior to joining USAA, Huesman spent 14 years at Fifth Third Bank, including a stint as senior vice president and head of mortgage capital markets. He also held various banking roles at Navy Federal Credit Union for nearly a decade.

Go Mortgage announced the appointment of Eric Francis as vice president of finance.

Milestones announced that mortgage industry veteran Tony Meola joined the company’s board of directors. Over the course of 30 years in the mortgage sector, Meola served on numerous industry advisory boards, including at Black Knight Financial Services, Five Star Institute, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Residential Board of Governors.

Pagaya Technologies Ltd. appointed Sanjiv Das as its new president. In this role, Das will oversee the strategy and growth of the company’s commercial business, including its single-family rental business and Darwin subsidiary, as it continues to enhance its tech-enabled product offering and expand its new and existing lending partnerships. Most recently, Das served as CEO of Caliber Home Loans. Das has also held positions as CEO, president and chairman of the board for Citi’s mortgage division, and as head of all international businesses at First Data. He has also held senior roles at Morgan Stanley, American Express and Bank of America.


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