As the Chief Executive Officer and President, Lanny Baker serves on the Board of Directors and is responsible for the company vision, planning, and strategy in addition to oversight of the Company's day to day operations. Mr. Baker served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2008, and he will remain the acting Chief Financial Officer until his successor is appointed.
Prior to joining ZipRealty, Lanny was Chief Financial Officer of Monster Worldwide, the global leader in online recruitment. In addition to managing financial operations and external reporting for the $1.2 billion publicly traded company, Lanny also directed Monster's long-term strategic and financial planning activities, which led to a series of important acquisitions, partnerships, and capital allocation decisions. These included expansion in Korea and China, partnerships with major newspaper chains, and the sale of all non-Internet businesses. Lanny also led the redesign of Monster's performance-based compensation programs and significantly refined the company's business metrics, managerial objectives, and investor relations activities.
Earlier in his career, Lanny spent sixteen years as a top-rated sell-side research analyst and is known for his insight on the Internet/Online Media sector, which he covered from 1998 to 2005. As an analyst, Lanny was intimately involved in initial and secondary public offerings for many Internet and media companies, as well as large strategic acquisitions and investments.
Lanny is a native of San Francisco and graduate of Yale College. He also serves TheKnot.com (NASDAQ: KNOT) as Chair of the Audit and Nominating Committees of the Board of Directors.