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Planet Home Lending hired Maureen Morais as controller in the servicing operations division and Desiree Kirkland as vice president of national closing.
"Both Maureen and Desiree are problem-solvers who know how to build and run great teams," said Planet Financial Group president and CEO Michael Dubeck, according to a press release.
Morais will be responsible for finding ways to integrate automation in hopes to increase cost efficiencies, reduce risk and improve results, for the company's owned mortgage servicing rights and private client portfolio assets management by Planet Management Group. Prior to joining Planet, Morais spent nine years at Capital One (f.k.a. Beech Street Capital LLC), and had accounting roles at Farmer Mac and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Kirkland’s employment in the industry exceeds two decades. She gained experience in retail and direct sales, processing, wholesale, underwriting and quality assurance. Kirkland built and led numerous closing teams and, most recently, grew a closing team of nine to more than 280. In addition to building teams, she also served as a leadership coach and led and managed a closing training and development team.