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NAR cuts Chief Technology Officer Mark Lesswing

NAR cuts Chief Technology Officer Mark Lesswing


The National Association of Realtors has let go of Mark Lesswing as its chief technology officer, NAR CEO Bob Goldberg wrote in a letter to members on Tuesday.
Mark Lesswing | Credit: NAR
“With the creation of our Strategic Business Innovation and Technology (SBIT) team, it became increasingly clear to me that NAR’s need for a Chief Technology Officer and the advanced skill level that Mark Lesswing provided was no longer required, so we have eliminated that position as of today,” Goldberg wrote.
“Making reductions in the workforce is never easy, and I trust that you will join me in acknowledging the great contributions Mark made to NAR over the past 17 years and in wishing him great success in the next chapter of his career.”

NAR didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lesswing declined to comment.
Lesswing joined NAR in 2001 as vice president of NAR’s Center for Realtor Technology (CRT) and became the 1.3 million-member trade group’s chief technology officer in 2006.Capture and nurture leads with Placester’s integrated marketing platformStand out online and win more business with a unified set of marketing tools READ MORE
In addition to his work with NAR, Lesswing is also an expert in blockchain technology, according to his LinkedIn profile. A note posted on the Inman Coast to Coast Facebook group suggested that Lesswing would pursue blockchain work after leaving NAR.
The move comes ahead of NAR’s new tech-focused iOi summit in San Francisco.
With Lesswing’s departure, members of NAR’s IT team will begin reporting to John Pierpoint, who is now NAR’s chief financial officer and chief internal operations officer, Goldberg said.
Goldberg took over as CEO of NAR a year ago. In this week’s letter, Goldberg said the restructuring was part of an effort to make NAR “less top-heavy.”
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