Pepper stepped down as CEO of proptech firm TM Group a month ago, and has more than 25 years of experience in financial, legal and property markets. He previously spent almost five years as managing director of EDM Mortgage Support Services and worked as business development director at RR Donnelley, as well as spells at UBS and ABN AMRO.
Pepper starts in his new role on 2 October, and will sit on the PEXA group executive team, as well as become a member of the PEXA UK board.
PEXA launched in the UK last year, with a digital property exchange platform aimed at streamlining the remortgage process. It purchased Optima Legal to support its rollout, while it has also been in merger talks with Smoove.
Glenn King, managing director and CEO of the PEXA Group, pointed to Pepper’s experience in the last 10 years in delivering technology solutions to both the conveyancing and lending markets in the UK.
King said that experience made Pepper a “uniquely ideal candidate” to deliver on the firm’s UK strategy for next year and beyond.
He added: “Joe is a driven business leader with an outstanding record for delivering growth in multiple roles across different companies and sectors.”
“Our experience in the market has convinced us that there is a strategic need for the PEXA platform with stakeholders positive about the improved customer experience. Leveraging Optima Legal in conjunction with PEXA UK will be important to unlocking this opportunity to fundamentally improve the operation of the property market in the UK.”