Prior to Compass Ori was the Director of Engineering at Twitter's NYC office, after selling his prior company, Julpan, to Twitter in 2011. Previously, Google acquired his patented thesis work called Orion. During his time at Google, Ori led a search quality team that integrated the Orion technology and algorithms with the Google search engine. Ori earned his PhD in computer science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Founder & CEO
Robert Reffkin is an entrepreneur on a mission to help everyone find their place in the world. He was inspired to enter the world of real estate by his mother, Ruth, a longtime agent who now proudly works at Compass. After completing Columbia University in less than 3 years, Robert worked at McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and as a Fellow in the White House before returning to Columbia for his MBA. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states to raise $1 million dollars for charities — including for New York Needs You, the non-profit he founded to serve young people living below the poverty line who are the first in their families to go to college. Robert lives in Tribeca with his wife Benis and their three children.
Chief Operating Officer
Maëlle Gavet is Chief Operating Officer at Compass, responsible for overseeing the company’s business operations. Maëlle is a celebrated global tech leader and an instrumental force behind scaling Compass. Prior to Compass, she previously oversaw the global operations at The Priceline Group where she was responsible on delivering on the company’s strategy and integrated its 6 multinational brands. Before she was CEO of Russia’s largest e-commerce site, Ozon, and a principal at The Boston Consulting Group. A passionate advocate for women in tech, Maëlle was called one of “the world’s most powerful women to watch,” by Forbes, and is the executive sponsor for Women of Compass. She is also an outspoken thought-leader around cultivating empathy in tech as she firmly believes “what makes a great company is not a great product, it’s the great people who build the great product.” Maëlle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. A native of France, Maëlle holds degrees from The Sorbonne, ENS, and Sciences Po.
Chief Financial Officer
Kristen has nearly 20 years of global experience across the technology and media sectors, with expertise in software and tech-enabled services. As Chief Financial Officer, she oversees strategic and operational finance, acquisitions, investor relations, and the new development and legal teams. Prior to joining Compass, Kristen spent nearly 12 years at The Carlyle Group where she led technology investments for Carlyle’s $18.5 billion fund and oversaw the firm’s investments in a number of premier technology companies around the world. Prior to Carlyle, Kristen worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division where she focused on technology, media and communications transactions. Kristen holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Technology Officer
Joseph is a technologist with a passion for AI. As Chief Technology Officer, he leads the development of the real estate industry’s first end-to-end platform and oversees the engineering team. Most recently, Joseph served as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for AI. During his tenure, he held product and engineering responsibility for all enterprise database, big data and machine learning products, with 1,700+ engineers. Prior to Microsoft, Joseph spent nine years as a VP at Amazon where he managed the Global Inventory Platform for Amazon’s Consumer Business, and built the machine learning and Transaction Risk Management teams. Joseph holds a PhD in Neural Networks from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Business Officer
Rob joined Compass from management consulting at McKinsey & Company in New York City, where he was primarily focused on devising growth strategies in legacy industries through technology and data innovations. Rob has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, was ranked #27 on the T360 list of the 200 most influential people in residential real estate, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University. Outside of work, Rob has worked on social enterprise initiatives on every continent, with a passion for public private partnerships to drive poverty alleviation.