Lanny Baker has served as Chief Executive Officer of ZipRealty since November 2010, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in late 2008. Under Mr. Baker’s leadership, ZipRealty has significantly upgraded its web, mobile and customer service technology, while simultaneously achieving dramatic improvement in financial performance and overall profitability. Today, ZipRealty is actively reinvesting recent gains into mobile technology, agent recruiting and expanding the rapidly growing Powered by Zip (PbZ) network serving leading local brokerages in top cities across the United States.
Prior to joining ZipRealty, Mr. Baker was Chief Financial Officer of Monster Worldwide, the global leader in online recruitment advertising, where he oversaw financial operations and directed Monster’s long-term strategic planning and M&A activities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baker spent 16 years as a sell-side research analyst, where he was regularly recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for his coverage of the Internet/Online Media sector.
Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY) and The XO Group (NYSE: XOXO), and is a member of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee of The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Mr. Baker, his wife and four children live in Lafayette, Calif., in a home they found on ZipRealty.com.