Rightmove has finally revealed its replacement for outgoing chairman Scott Forbes, who is to depart at the end of December after 14 years with the company
48-year-old Andrew Fisher will be the portal’s new non-executive chairman and comes from music discovery smartphone app Shazam, which enables users to identify songs they hear on the radio or in stores and is used by 100 million people worldwide.
Fisher spent nearly 14 years at the company including as its CEO and later chairman.
His mobile development experience would point to Rightmove’s future growth; at least 70% of traffic to portals like Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket comes from smartphone users these days.
Fisher is also a non-exec board member at Marks & Spencer, Moneysupermarket.com and Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers.
In the past he has been a special adviser on the BBC to a government minister and received an OBE in 2016 for his contribution to the digital economy.
Rightmove’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson said: “I’d like to thank Scott for his invaluable contribution to Rightmove’s success over the past years and particularly the support he’s shown me over the past three years as CEO.
I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to Rightmove and look forward to working with him as we continue to innovate to make home moving easier.”
Scott Forbes said, “It’s been a privilege and pleasure to have been part of Rightmove’s journey from pre-IPO in 2005 to the FTSE 100 business it is today.”