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Amit Jain, President

As President, Amit spearheads the company's vision of giving renters a free and convenient way to find the perfect place to live. He outlines the overall strategy, growth objectives and leads the company's operations.

Prior to Rent.com, Amit was a senior operating advisor at TPG Capital, a global private equity firm that oversees about $60 billion of capital. At TPG, he worked with various portfolio companies across industries, taking interim executive positions and leading turnaround initiatives and growth efforts. Amit served as VP of Transformation and a member of the senior Executive Team at Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals distribution company with ~$4 billion revenue and over 2,000 employees.

Amit spent six years with McKinsey & Company from 2003-2009, where he was an Associate Principal in the Palo Alto, CA office. He served several Fortune 500 companies across industries managing engagements focused on operations transformation and growth strategy across the United States, Europe and Asia.

He serves on the board of ReSurge International, a non-profit organization, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. ReSurge provides free reconstructive surgeries for the underprivileged and builds year-round medical access in under-served areas in developing countries. He is also a member of the Young President's Organization in the Santa Monica Bay Chapter. In addition, he is an avid squash player.

Amit holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Amanda McConnell, Head of Product

Amanda's responsibilities include leading product strategy, roadmap, and lifecycle process. She brings over a dozen years of digital experience to Rent.com, is well versed in agile development, and leads her team with a strong belief that creative collaboration drives product innovation.

Prior to Rent.com, she served as Senior Director of User Experience and Product Management at ReachLocal, where she led multi-language launches in the European Union and Asian markets. Under her leadership, she devised a mobile strategy for the company and expanded the UxUi team to become a global resource for all products.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, with an emphasis in Statistics from the University of California Los Angeles. A true Los Angeles native, her family roots reach back to 1917 and is a third generation UCLA alum, following in her mother and grandmother's footsteps.

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Diane Xu, Head of Engineering

Diane is responsible for leading, managing and developing the Rent.com engineering team. She sets strategy for the technology area, ensures the technology roadmap is aligned with the Rent.com strategic goals, and oversees the design and implementation of technological solutions.

Diane joined Rent.com in 2007. Since then, she has served multiple roles in the engineering department including senior software developer, scrum master, release engineer, engineering manager, and director of software development. Prior to Rent.com, Diane served as a software developer at Yahoo and various start-ups. She earned both her B.S., summa cum laude, in Computer Science with minor fields in Mathematics and Economics, and M.S. in Computer Science with concentration in computer networking from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Richard Barajas, Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales for Rent.com, Richard is responsible for all business-to-business sales and training efforts across the U.S.

Most recently, Richard was President of LeisureLink, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations. Under his leadership, LeisureLink saw significant year-over-year revenue growth and operational improvements resulting in the successful sale of the company to VacationRoost.

Prior to LeisureLink, Richard led a number of B2B software and SaaS sales and account management teams with global customers ranging from SMBs to Fortune 100 corporations such as Oracle, Cisco, GE and Motorola. Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Robert Johnson, Senior Director of Operations

Robert is a senior sales and operations director with success driving growth through customer focus and operational improvement. He is responsible for driving the sales and customer relationship strategy for Rent.com. Robert has 15 years of sales and leadership experience including SalesForce design and integration, resource optimization and operational excellence.

Prior to his seven years at Rent.com, Robert was a program and account manager at EarthLink responsible for managing their national retail partnerships. He served three years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Sierra Madre and received his degree in Business Administration from Citrus College.

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