Industry big hitter Jon Notley is leaving ZPG where he has been chief commercial officer.
His departure is at the end of this month, said a ZPG spokeperson yesterday. It appears there will be no successor in his role.
There is speculation that Notley may have been squeezed out. Notably, there was no warm tribute but instead a hint of internal politics.
The ZPG spokesperson yesterday said: “Mark Goddard was announced last year as MD of our Property division so there is no replacement for Jon who will be pursuing a new venture.”
It is not known what that new venture could be, although rumours suggest a start-up.
While reasons for his departure or what he will be doing next are currently unknown, with his unrivalled industry knowledge and contacts, Notley would be in keen demand.
The following year, the OFT gave clearance to the merger of Zoopla and the Digital Property Group, meaning that Notley was once again helping to propel those brands once again.
Zoopla was also previously sales director with FindaProperty, when it was a stand-alone business before its sale to the Digital Property Group.
Altogether, Notley has been a key figure in the property portals industry for over 12 years, and is very well known to many in the estate agency industry.
Last month, he took the stand in the Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing, which was looking into potential competition issues arising from OnTheMarket’s ‘one other portal’ rule.
Notley’s Linked In profile still shows him in position at ZPG, but he no longer appears in the ZPG executive team line-up.
ZPG has also confirmed that Charlie Bryant has been appointed as managing director of data.
Bryant, a new member of ZPG’s executive team, will continue as CEO of Hometrack, the business acquired by ZPG in January.