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Lanny Baker

Lanny Baker Chief Executive Officer and President

Lanny Baker has served as Chief Executive Officer of ZipRealty since November 2010, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in late 2008. Under Mr. Baker’s leadership, ZipRealty has significantly upgraded its web, mobile and customer service technology, while simultaneously achieving dramatic improvement in financial performance and overall profitability. Today, ZipRealty is actively reinvesting recent gains into mobile technology, agent recruiting and expanding the rapidly growing Powered by Zip (PbZ) network serving leading local brokerages in top cities across the United States.

Prior to joining ZipRealty, Mr. Baker was Chief Financial Officer of Monster Worldwide, the global leader in online recruitment advertising, where he oversaw financial operations and directed Monster’s long-term strategic planning and M&A activities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baker spent 16 years as a sell-side research analyst, where he was regularly recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for his coverage of the Internet/Online Media sector.

Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY) and The XO Group (NYSE: XOXO), and is a member of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee of The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Mr. Baker, his wife and four children live in Lafayette, Calif., in a home they found on ZipRealty.com.

Van Davis

Van Davis President of Brokerage Operations

As ZipRealty's first-ever President of Brokerage Operations, Mr. Davis is leading the Company's owned-and-operated brokerage business during its next growth stage. Mr. Davis oversees all of ZipRealty's local field operations, brokers and real estate agents, recruiting, training, and support teams.

Mr. Davis began his own successful residential real estate brokerage career nearly 30 years ago, and his knowledge and professional drive carried him to Century 21 Real Estate Corp, where he started as a business consultant helping individual franchises grow their real estate brokerage businesses. Mr. Davis assumed positions of increased responsibility over the course of 10 years with Century 21, including Chief Operating Officer and, ultimately, Chief Executive Officer of Century 21's worldwide business. The financial performance of Century 21 under his leadership was outstanding and included significant revenue growth and increased profitability. Mr. Davis went on to become Chief Executive Officer of Foxton's North America, an innovative real estate brokerage that experienced rapid growth based on an alternative and highly consumer-oriented approach. More recently, Mr. Davis has served as an advisor and board member for a variety of real estate and technology-oriented start-ups, while managing his own real estate consultancy and participating in various community animal rescue organizations.

Xavier Zang

Xavier Y. Zang President, Powered by Zip

As ZipRealty's first-ever President of Powered by Zip (PbZ), Mr. Zang leads the Company's Powered by Zip business . Mr. Zang is responsible for all aspects of PbZ operations. In this role, he draws on more than 20 years of experience in the software and professional services sectors.

ZipRealty delivers PbZ software as a service to brokers, agents, home buyers and sellers. PbZ streamlines and simplifies housing transactions, more effectively matches buyers and seller and helps brokers and agents better manage their business. PbZ includes ZipRealty's industry-leading CRM and marketing solutions with web and mobile applications, making it the most powerful suite of real estate marketing tools in the United States.

Mr. Zang joins the firm from Microsoft Corp. where he served in various positions in the Online Services Division over the past five years. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Zang served as Executive Vice President of Field Operations at Rapt Inc., a media monetization software company. His prior professional experience includes R.B. Webber & Co., Viant Corp., McKinsey & Company, and Arthur Andersen (now Accenture).

A frequent guest speaker at business schools and conferences, Mr. Zang earned an M.B.A. from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Eric Mersch

Eric Mersch Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mersch is responsible for the financial reporting, treasury, compliance and accounting functions of ZipRealty. Mr. Mersch also manages human resources and facilities.

Mr. Mersch's most recent public company position was as Chief Financial Officer for VitalStream, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTH), which was acquired by Internap Network Services Corp. (NASDAQ:INAP). Prior to that position, Mr. Mersch worked for Harrah's, now Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR), starting with positions in financial planning and analysis and ultimately serving as Vice President, Finance for the Las Vegas casino resort properties, Harrah's and Flamingo. Mr. Mersch also served as CFO of foodservice retailer Andre-Boudin Bakeries, Inc. and as a Senior Associate, Corporate Finance at Robertson Stephens in the Internet Infrastructure Services group. Prior to his civilian career, Mr. Mersch served as a Naval Submarine Officer assigned to USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) and later to the Defense Liaison Department at The Pentagon.

Mr. Mersch serves on the City of San Francisco's Graffiti Advisory Board as a representative of District 11 and is active in several civic organizations in the city. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Nuclear Power Engineering degree from the Submarine Officer Nuclear Engineering School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Samantha Harnett

Samantha Harnett General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Development

As General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Development, Ms. Harnett heads ZipRealty's legal department and oversees all of the Company's legal and compliance matters. Ms. Harnett also leads ZipRealty's advertising and marketing services team and is responsible for all corporate and marketing partnerships, new business ventures and advertising.

Ms. Harnett joined ZipRealty in 2005 and previously served as Legal Counsel and Assistant General Counsel. Before joining ZipRealty, Ms. Harnett was an associate with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in the firm's Palo Alto office where her practice focused on employment law and trade secret matters for public and private technology companies. Ms. Harnett is a graduate of California State University Chico and Santa Clara University School of Law.

Jamie Wilson

Jamie Wilson Senior Vice President of Technology

As Senior Vice President of Technology Jamie is responsible for all aspects of technology including product development and the IT infrastructure. Jamie joined ZipRealty in 2000 and and has contributed to and led the development of ZipRealty's award winning website, CRM and mobile products since his arrival.

Prior to joining ZipRealty, Jamie worked at Pension Dynamics Corporation where he served as Director of Investment Services where he helped develop their technology and marketing strategies. Prior to that, he worked at Prizm Communications, where he leveraged new communications technologies to develop one of the first virtual call centers.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.