Detroit’s Rocket Cos. Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Rocket Cos., the Detroit-based platform company that includes Rocket Mortgage, announced the retirements of Julie Booth, CFO and treasurer, and Angelo Vitale, general counsel and secretary, effective Nov. 15, and Oct. 3, respectively.
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Top - Julie Booth, Brian Brown; Bottom - Angelo Vitale, Tina V. John // Courtesy of Rocket Cos.
Top – Julie Booth, Brian Brown; Bottom – Angelo Vitale, Tina V. John // Courtesy of Rocket Cos.

Rocket Cos., the Detroit-based platform company that includes Rocket Mortgage, announced the retirements of Julie Booth, CFO and treasurer, and Angelo Vitale, general counsel and secretary, effective Nov. 15, and Oct. 3, respectively.

Both Booth and Vitale will remain with the company in strategic advisory roles.

Booth joined Rocket Mortgage 19 years ago and has served as the organization’s CFO since 2005. The board has appointed Brian Brown, Rocket Cos.’ current chief accounting officer, as the incoming CFO and treasurer.

Brown, who joined Rocket in 2014, currently leads the company’s accounting, finance, treasury, and procurement teams. He has also been a member of Rocket Cos.’ investor relations efforts since the IPO in Aug. 2020, regularly meeting with investors and helping to set strategy for the company.

“During her time as CFO, Julie has been a tremendous leader in our organization, helping guide our company through significant growth and expansion, culminating with our IPO in 2020,” says Jay Farner, vice chairman and CEO at Rocket Cos.

“Even more impressive is the tremendous team Julie has built and the deep care she has shown for everyone in our company, including Brian, who has already proven himself to be an incredible financial mind who will help lead us well into the future.”

Vitale — who has been with Rocket Mortgage and Rocket Cos. for more than 25 years — will transition from his current role to an Of Counsel position. Prior to being named general counsel for Rocket Cos., Vitale was CEO of Rocket Central and has also served as Rocket Mortgage’s executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary.

“Angelo has been an absolute pillar of this company for as long as I can remember. His wise counsel and passion for our business is legendary,” says Farner. “Whether it was sharing his expertise or stepping up to take on a new role, he has always been willing to do whatever it takes to make the business successful.”

Assuming the role of general counsel and secretary is Tina V. John, the company’s previous deputy general counsel and assistant secretary. John joined Rocket Cos. in 2020 following its IPO and has worked closely with the board of directors since starting with the company.

She began her 15-year legal career specializing in capital markets and public company guidance at Shearman and Sterling, a multinational law firm headquartered in New York City, and most recently led the corporate governance and securities practice at an Ohio-based American lifestyle retailer.

“Tina has quickly proven herself to be a great legal expert and the obvious choice to fill Angelo’s big shoes. Since joining the company, she has worked very closely with its leaders. It’s clear that her skill, strong knowledge, and ability to build a team will make her a significant asset to our business,” says Farner.

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