Gary Keller Returns as CEO at Keller Williams
January 11, 2019
The co-founder of Keller Williams is returning to the role of CEO, the company announced. Gary W. Keller, who has been serving on the company’s board since leaving the CEO's post in 1995, will replace John Davis as CEO, effective immediately.
Keller says his return is to focus on the company’s technology transformation and help lead the real estate industry “into the future.”
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“Since its founding in 1983, Keller Williams has always been a pioneering company focused on growth, innovation, and culture,” Keller wrote in a note to colleagues. “Nothing has changed. I am as committed as ever to positioning Keller Williams to lead
the real estate industry into the future.”
Last year, the company acquired the startup SmarterAgent, which allows agents to create their own branded app. Keller Williams also has partnered with KUNGFU.AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, to develop new skills for Kelle, an AI-based personal assistant for Keller Williams agents.
“2019 marks our complete transformation into a technology company that provides unique agent solutions and consumer experiences, positioning us to lead the industry in the years ahead,” Keller said. “Most importantly, our leaders and associates, the secret sauce of our company, are all in alignment as we move forward.”
Keller and Joe Williams founded Keller Williams in 1983. Keller served as the company’s first CEO. The company now boasts more than 190,000 sales associates across 980 global offices.
Also this week, Keller Williams announced that Josh Team, its chief innovation officer, has been promoted to president. Team has been leading the company's marketing, training, and operational activities for the past few months.
“Gary Keller Returning to Keller Williams as CEO,” Boston Agent Magazine (Jan. 9, 2019) and “Gary Keller Returns as CEO to Lead Keller Williams,” HousingWire (Jan. 10, 2019)
Updated: June 26, 2019