Jens Berndt appointed CTO at Homegate in Zurich

20 Jul 2017

Jens Paul Berndt (47) was appointed chief technology officer (CTO) of Homegate AG, responsible for the real estate site’s technological development and operation. He succeeds Dave Cannizzaro, long-time IT director, who is “looking forward to take on new professional challenges”, according to the Homegate news release.

Berndt reports to Axel Konjack, CEO of Homegate AG. Homegate AG is part of media group Tamedia AG, and Zürcher Kantonalbank is a shareholder.

Jens Paul Berndt, new CTO of Tamedia company Homegate AG in Switzerland

In the last 20 years, Berndt worked at several well-known names in the classifieds and auto-manufacturing world. His last employer was Scout24 Group, for which he worked in several positions, including as head of technology for the “New and Home Construction” market segment of Immobilienscout24 in Berlin, and as head of product engineering of Immobilienscout24.at in Vienna.

Konjack said, “With Berndt and his team, we will be able to drive digital innovation even quicker and in a more targeted manner, and extend our market leadership in technology. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Dave Cannizzaro for his successful start-up efforts and his tireless efforts in continuing to develop and advance Homegate.ch.”

Homegate AG was founded in 2001 and has since become the leading digital company in the Swiss real estate market. With more than ten million website visits and 180 million pageviews per month, and more than 85,000 current real estate listings, Homegate.ch is Switzerland’s No. 1 real estate site (source: Net-Metrix Audit 6/2017 for visits, page impressions).

Homegate AG employs more than 70 people in Zurich and Lausanne. Together with the Zürcher Kantonalbank, Homegate.ch offers home loans online.

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Christo Volschenk

Christo Volschenk is managing editor of the news on Aimgroup.com and our senior analyst covering Naspers. He brings more than 31 years of experience in business journalism to the team - the last 18 years focused on classifieds and e-commerce. Apart from working closely with the AIM Group, Christo is a freelance journalist, content manager, and copy editor. Before branching out on his own, he spent 15 years with Naspers in South Africa as journalist, economics editor and online project manager. He now spends most his day editing the news reported by 23 colleagues in 23 countries from his base in Stuttgart, Germany.