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Industry leader Doug Hutchinson appointed to CEO of Settle Easy


As Settle Easy continues to shape the future of the proptech sector, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Doug Hutchinson as CEO.

An experienced leader with a deep understanding of the real estate industry, Doug brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the company, having been a driving force in the adoption of proptech in the sector. With a strong financial background and operational skillset, Doug’s appointment sets the stage for Settle Easy’s continued expansion.

“Doug’s appointment to the role of CEO marks a significant moment for Settle Easy. Doug has been closely aligned with Settle Easy from the onset through our partnership with Barry Plant.” says Sam Almaliki, Chairperson. “His skills and expertise, combined with his personal values that align with our company culture, make him the perfect choice to lead Settle Easy into the future.”

Doug, who recently transitioned from his role as Chief Financial & Commercial Officer at Barry Plant, brings more than 35 years of experience as a Certified Practicing Accountant. He has a well-established reputation for delivering successful outcomes through his ability to expertly navigate business strategies, operations, and financial planning. Doug’s astute understanding of technology has resulted in a proven track record of successful technology implementation within the real estate industry, which will serve Settle Easy well as it continues to drive innovation and growth.

“I am excited to bring my expertise and passion for proptech to Settle Easy and to help shape the future of the real estate industry. In my view, success is not just about financial results, it’s about delivering real value to our customers and partners by improving their experience through technology,” says Doug.

Mike McCarthy, CEO of Barry Plant, added, “Doug has been a big part of the Barry Plant Group over the past decade and whilst we are sad to see him go, we are also delighted to see him take up the opportunity to lead a business with which we have such a strong relationship as one of our supplier partners. We look forward to continuing to work with Doug and Settle Easy to deliver a great conveyancing service to our vendors and purchasers.”

With a background that includes residential real estate operations, franchising, business valuations and corporate governance, Doug is well-equipped to lead Settle Easy to new heights. His passion for technology has driven him to implement cutting-edge technology solutions that improve processes, profitability and customer experiences.

“Whether it’s developing and implementing technology systems, forming valuable partnerships, or driving financial success, I always keep the customer experience at the forefront of my efforts,” says Doug. “As I take on this exciting new role as CEO of Settle Easy, I am pleased to join the talented and passionate team at Settle Easy and am eager to work closely with everyone to bring our vision to life.”

Doug’s appointment as CEO of Settle Easy will commence on 27th February 2023.

Under Doug’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to deliver on our strategy and roadmap to become Australia’s leading online conveyancer.

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