McGrath Estate Agents has announced that one of the industry’s most respected professionals will be returning to the group to lead its franchise network.
Christopher Mourd, whose real estate career spans almost three decades, will also join the McGrath executive leadership team.
As head of real estate/residential for LJ Hooker Australia since 2006, Mr Mourd was responsible for a network of more than 500 offices nationally. In 2016, he was appointed head of commercial for the group. Prior to that, Mr Mourd spent more than seven years at McGrath in various senior roles with both the franchise and company-owned sales divisions.
Mr Mourd is also a director of the Real Estate Institute of Australia.
McGrath CEO Cameron Judson said Mr Mourd brings valuable knowledge and experience to the company’s leadership team at a time when it is going through significant change.
He said Mr Mourd’s return to McGrath signifies the strength of the McGrath brand and its culture.
“I’m delighted we have secured an executive of his calibre. He has close relationships with many of our franchisees as well as many of our sales agents. We believe we have a team with the firepower necessary to further grow our market share in each of our regions,” Mr Judson said.
Meanwhile, McGrath founder and executive director John McGrath said he is pleased at the appointment.
“Over the years, I have watched Chris’ transition from a sales manager and accomplished auctioneer to one of leadership prominence within our industry. I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome him back to McGrath.”
Mr Mourd, who replaces Gary Vouris, will begin his new job at the end of June.
McGrath operates 71 franchise offices and 28 company-owned offices in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.