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Eye on the Industry: Updates on Ellie Mae, Blend, and More …

MReport_EyeOnIndustry-620x330From new appointments and awards to technology partnerships, learn more about the latest in the mortgage industry in this weekly update.

Carina Cortez, Ellie MaeThe former VP of Human Resources for Walmart US eCommerce and Walmart Labs, Carina Cortez, has joined the California-based technology company, Ellie Mae, as EVP of Human Resources. In her new role, Cortez will be responsible for leading Ellie Mae’s human resources organization with a focus on attracting and retaining top talent, managing workforce planning, as well as leading the talent development strategy. Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Cortez led a team of HR Business Partners supporting the 26,000+ associates at Walmart US eCommerce and Walmart Labs. She drove the human capital strategy for the organization, working closely with leadership to meet the growing needs of the business by focusing on strengthening people manager capabilities, top talent acceleration, organizational effectiveness and engagement, and retention. “I look forward to working with the teammates at Ellie Mae through this time of immense organizational growth and change,” said Cortez. “I am excited to leverage my passion for driving business objectives while leveraging a human capital strategy, and focusing on recruiting retention, and talent development.”


Blend, a California-based technology company created to drive consumer lending industry into the digital age, recently announced that its first end-to-end platform will be approved to provide asset verification reports for the Desktop Underwriter (DU) validation service, a component of Day 1 Certainty by Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae's DU validation service is designed to provide customers with enhanced loan origination controls, improved processes, and certainty around the borrower's assets, income, and employment information, in addition to relief from representations and warranties on validated loan components.


Capsilon a San Francisco-based partner for delivering cloud-based end-to-end digital mortgage solutions, announced that it has appointed Ginger Wilcox as SVP Marketing, where she will be responsible for leading marketing, brand positioning, and growth for all Capsilon products. A startup veteran and recognized leader in the mortgage, real estate, and technology industries, Wilcox was most recently part of the team that launched digital mortgage startup, Sindeo. As CMO and Chief Industry Officer, Wilcox led brand marketing, customer acquisition, communications, and strategic partnerships. “Ginger is a proven marketing and growth leader with a track record of success in top-performing mortgage, real estate, and software companies and is one of the most-connected people in the housing industry,” said Sanjeev Malaney, Founder, and CEO, Capsilon.


Tennessee headquartered Franklin American Mortgage Company has been chosen as the National Association of Mortgage Brokers’ (NAMB) double diamond partner for 2018, the company announced in a statement. This recognition is given annually to NAMB’s top performing partners. This recognition is given annually to NAMB’s top contributing partners. NAMB provides education, certification and government affairs representation for the mortgage industry.

About Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Dallas, Texas. You can contact her at Radhika.Ojha@theMReport.com.

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