Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, July 11-15

Wells Fargo announced that Kleber Santos has been appointed as the company’s CEO of consumer lending, effective immediately. Santos will lead all aspects of Wells Fargo’s consumer lending business, including home lending, auto lending, credit cards, merchant services and personal lending. Santos has served as the company’s head of diverse segments, representation and inclusion (DSRI) since November 2020. He also will continue as head of DSRI while the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement. He joined Wells Fargo from Capital One, where he worked for 15 years in a number of senior roles, including as president of retail and direct banking.

Evolve Mortgage Services announced that it has added Mark Calabria as a member of its advisory board. Calabria will serve on the board for a one-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. Currently serving as a senior advisor for the Cato Institute, he has more than 25 years of financial regulations experience. He is best known as the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) under former President Donald Trump.

Citi Mortgage hired Darin Lugat as the new division lending executive for the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Northeast suburban markets. Lugat brings three decades worth of mortgage experience to Citi and most recently served as a market manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Evergreen Home Loans announced that Tamra Rieger has been promoted to president. She ascends to the post after serving as chief operating officer for the company since 2019 and as executive vice president of loan fulfillment since 2013. As president, Rieger will be responsible for driving the development, creation and implementation of the company’s business plan; identifying new models of technology and process to drive customer value; loan officer engagement; and company profitability. She has more than 26 years of experience in the mortgage space.

Greystone announced that it has appointed Hafize Gaye Erkan as its CEO. Her executive responsibilities will commence in September 2022. She most recently served as co-CEO, president and board member at First Republic Bank. Prior to joining First Republic, Erkan was the head of financial institutions group analytics and strategies for Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nearly a decade.

LendArch announced that Karthik Kumar has joined the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer. A 25-year mortgage banking executive with technology expertise, Kumar will lead operations as the company continues to create game-changing mortgage technologies that digitize the entire loan origination process. He most recently served as the global mortgage practice head for Tata Consultancy Services, while Citigroup and Standard Chartered Bank are among his previous employers.

BlackFin Group announced that Andrew Weiss has joined the company as a partner and will be working in the consultancy’s technology practice. He brings more than 35 years of industry experience across a number of disciplines to the role, including mortgage lending, technology development and management consulting. Weiss most recently served as senior vice president of platform strategy at Origence, a loan origination system developer owned by CU Direct. Before that, he was a principal at Stratmor Group, leading its technology practice. Previously, he served as chief information officer at New Penn Bank, as senior vice president of strategy for Bank of America, and as an executive consultant with Newbold Advisors. Weiss started his career in the mortgage industry in 1991 when he joined Fannie Mae.


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