LendingHome, one of the nation’s largest lenders to real estate investors, announced a $75 million Series E round and that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Michael Bourque as Chief Executive Officer. Benefit Street Partners, a leading credit-focused alternative asset management firm, led the fundraising round. Bourque will assume day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join LendingHome’s Board of Directors. Bourque, a financial markets veteran, has served as LendingHome’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer since he joined the company in August 2018. Matt Humphrey, LendingHome’s co-founder, has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors. In addition, Richard Byrne, President of Benefit Street Partners, will join the Board of Directors. The funding and executive moves will drive all aspects of the business to sustain an aggressive pace of growth, deliver continued profitability, and accelerate the company’s rapidly expanding leadership in the real estate investment market.
“It has been a great honor to serve as the CEO of LendingHome since founding the company in 2013, and I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished together in the last seven years,” said Humphrey. “We have built a high-growth, profitable fintech company that is number one in our market of residential real estate investment. I am excited for our next chapter as we leverage our world-class technology to partner with our customers beyond lending.”
“The Board and I are confident that Michael is the right person to build on this momentum,” Humphrey continued. “He is a seasoned leader with significant experience working with financial markets, operating efficiently at scale, and delivering value to investors. And importantly, he cares deeply about each member of our team. We are lucky to have him as our next CEO.”
Bourque brings nearly 20 years of executive experience to the table. At General Electric, Bourque served in leadership positions in finance, audit, and financial planning roles, spanning various industrial manufacturing and financial services businesses. Prior to LendingHome, he served as the CFO of publicly traded mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corporation, which at the time was an organization of 10,000+ employees.
“I know that I speak for everyone at LendingHome in thanking Matt for his leadership and tireless dedication to the company,” said Bourque. “I am thrilled to assume this new role and for the future of the company. We are poised for substantial growth and are excited about closing this strategic investment from Benefit Street Partners. We have an exceptionally talented team at LendingHome that is focused on growing the business, continuing to innovate our products and channels in new and diverse ways, and unlocking future opportunities. I look forward to taking LendingHome to the next level.”