Countrywide CEO Alison Platt (pictured, right) is to focus her efforts on the company’s main property businesses and leave other areas to her new finance chief, it has been revealed today.
The announcement follows recent speculation about Sam Tyrer (pictured, below), the company’s Managing Director of Retail and London, whose name was removed from the Countrywide senior team list, and whose LinkedIn profile gives an end date for her employment at the company.
At the time of joining Countrywide Sam was seen as one of the company’s new non-property, retail-focussed young innovators.
Her arrival was part of Alison Platt’s drive to change the business from one dominated by long-serving property seniors into a more modern ‘integrated’ company.
Sam was recruited by Alison two years ago to reshape the businesses’ sales and letting operations and was instrumental in launching its hybrid/online sales operation.
But Countrywide now says there is to be a new organisational structure with Alison focussing on sales, lettings, financial services and commercial property.
All the company’s UK-wide sales and lettings territories will report to Alison, including Hamptons International and its London and SE upmarket brands and City agencies including John D Wood.
Countrywide’s new Chief Financial Officer Himanshu Raja (pictured, right) will focus on finance, IT and operations with a new team known as Finance and Operations to deliver “operational excellence, cost leadership and cash agenda”.