Meet the management

Doug Lebda

Company Founder and CEO

After experiencing the frustrations and complexities of getting his first mortgage, Doug envisioned a way to simplify the loan shopping process. Instead of physically going to multiple banks, customers could go to a website where the banks would compete for their business. That was 1996, and the website would become the one you’re reading right now.

After launching nationally in July 1998, Doug led LendingTree through a successful IPO in 2000, the dot-com meltdown of 2001 and a successful sale to IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2003. From 2005 to 2008, Doug served as IAC’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2008, joined the newly formed Tree.com (rebranded as LendingTree) as it spun out from IAC as a separate public company. Before founding LendingTree, Doug worked as an auditor and consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Neil Salvage

President

As the president, Neil manages LendingTree’s daily operations including general management, sales, marketing, business development, and contact center operations. Neil and his team are responsible for managing the company’s financial metrics. He brings more than 20 years of leadership to his role.

Prior to joining LendingTree in 2013, Neil served as Head of Digital Sales for CBS Television and Radio where he led the effort to transition advertisers from over-the-air campaigns to multi-media campaigns. Neil has served as Executive Vice President of Citysearch where he helped migrate the company from a single website format to the Citygrid Network. He also served as the first Vice President of Sales for Yellowpages.com following its acquisition by AT&T.

J.D. Moriarty

Chief Financial Officer

J.D. joined the Company in June 2017 as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, responsible for strategic acquisitions. In August 2017, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, and continues to have responsibility for Corporate Development.

Prior to joining the company, J.D. was Head of Americas Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He spent more than 22 years at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, in various roles in both Equity Markets and Investment Banking.

Sushil Sharma

Chief Product Officer

Sushil joined LendingTree in July 2018 and oversees product and analytics teams across the organization, utilizing product innovation to help simplify financial decisions for consumers. Sushil came on board to help drive growth for all LendingTree businesses as the company underscores its focus on delivering best-in-class products to both lenders and consumers.

Sushil previously served as CPO at Match.com and has more than 18 years of product management and technology experience in travel, e-commerce and social. In his most recent role at Match, Sushil led product, analytics, monetization and design teams, helping to drive subscriber conversion growth and utilizing algorithms and product innovation to connect more users with potential matches. Prior to Match, Sushil held various management roles at Zynga, Sears and Travelocity.

Sushil Sharma
Jill Olmstead

Jill Olmstead

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jill joined LendingTree in October 2018 and serves as LendingTree’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Jill oversees and manages Human Resources, Real Estate and Facilities and the LendingTree Foundation.

Jill most recently served as the founding partner and owner of Charlotte-based Spivey & Olmstead, a boutique talent and leadership consulting firm. Prior to this, Jill served over 20 years with Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) in various Human Resources roles, most recently as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Human Resources. In this role, Jill led HR responsibilities for the Corporate Investment Banking business, which was comprised of almost 7,000 employees across the U.S., Western Europe and Asia. Her role later expanded to include corporate-wide International Operations in more than30 countries. Jill focused much of her career in building out talent and leadership development programs, employee engagement strategies, and developing high performing and inclusive cultures.

Arun Sankaran

Chief Information Security Officer

Arun joined LendingTree in October 2018 as Chief Information Security Officer. Arun leads the company’s information security organization in overseeing the confidentiality and integrity of LendingTree’s technology and information system, evaluating and addressing any potential risks, informing policies and expanding LendingTree’s overall information security capabilities.

Arun brings 20 years of Information Security experience to LendingTree. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Information Security Operations Executive with Bank of America in Dallas, TX. Prior to his time at Bank of America, Sankaran spent 10 years with Experian PLC. He has extensive leadership experience leading diverse global teams across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions across multiple Security and Technology disciplines. Arun holds multiple patents for systems and methods related to information security risk management.

Arun Sankaran

Carla Shumate

SVP, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer

Carla has served as Chief Accounting Officer of LendingTree since 2013. She oversees all general and technical accounting, tax and SOX functions.

Carla joined the company in December 2012 from King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where she held various positions from 2001 until 2012, including Senior Vice President and Controller since 2005. Previously, Carla held various positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1993 until 2000, including Manager from 1998 until 2000.

Brad Wilson

Chief Marketing Officer

Brad joined LendingTree in July 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing LendingTree’s brand strategy, marketing operations and consumer engagement across multiple brands and channels.

Brad came to LendingTree with a highly successful track record of driving growth and profitability for recognizable consumer brands including Travelocity, Nutrisystem and Match.com. In his role at Travelocity, Brad was instrumental in the company’s performance turnaround, revitalizing the Travelocity brand in North America prior to the company’s sale to Expedia, Inc. Brad was then appointed General Manager of the Travelocity business inside of Expedia, Inc., where he was responsible for the retail operations and profitability of the business, brand strategy, marketing efficiency and customer lifecycle management.