APARTMENTS.COM APPOINTS INDUSTRY VETERAN KAYNE GRAU AS VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
CHICAGO (November 27, 2012) — Apartments.com recently appointed Kayne Grau as vice president and chief technology officer. Grau, formerly the chief technology officer for Cars.com, will oversee the online business at Apartments.com, with primary responsibility for aligning the information technology strategy to business objectives across project management, application development, quality assurance, technical operations, vendor relationships and offshore teams. In addition to his role at Apartments.com, Grau will also oversee the organization’s sister businesses, ApartmentHomeLiving.com and Auto.com.
“We’re delighted to have a chief technology officer with an outstanding track record of leading high-performance teams and harnessing the power of technology to drive business,” states Dick Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Apartments.com. “We look forward to having Kayne focus on innovating technical solutions to transform the rental-property search process and continue to define new ways to distinguish Apartments.com from our competition.”
Prior to Apartments.com, Grau was chief technology officer for Cars.com, a sister business under the Classified Ventures organization. Earlier in his career, Grau worked in a senior management capacity with Allstate Insurance, World Access Corporation, DIRECTV, and eToys.com. He has over 15 years’ experience managing high-performance teams, developing and operating high-performance websites. A recognized and respected thought-leader, Grau is a frequent speaker at industry events and serves in advisory roles for multiple local start-up companies in addition to volunteering his time and expertise with non-profit organizations.
Grau received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from National Louis University.
Apartments.com (http://www.apartments.com) is a leading national apartment Internet listing subscription service with more than 50,000 unique addresses representing millions of rental units from managed properties, newspaper classifieds and for-rent-by-owner properties. By incorporating the most relevant products to reach renters including personalized searches and highly visual ads featuring live chat, real-time rent, online video walk-through demonstrations, professional photography, a mobile website and iPhone and Android apps, Apartments.com creates easy access to its listings. Providing unmatched exposure to its advertisers through an intuitive name, strategic search engine placements and featured partnerships and more than 120 newspaper websites and innovative emerging media, Apartments.com reaches millions of renters nationwide, driving both qualified traffic and highly-engaged renters to leasing offices nationwide. Apartments.com is a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC. The Apartments.com network of apartment rental websites includes Apartment Home Living (http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com), a leading social media apartment website distinguished by a "live for fun" community experience, proprietary lifestyle matching and local living guides to help renters find their perfect place to live; Rental Homes Plus (http://www.rentalhomesplus.com), an online destination where house hunters who prefer to rent can choose from a robust inventory of houses, condos, town houses, duplexes and apartments from around the country; and Rentfish (http://www.rentfish.com), a national apartment website offering customizable searches by neighborhood, favorite coffee spot, sports arena, famous landmark and more.