Djordy Seelmann, appointed as CEO in April, will continue the management of HousingAnywhere
Founder Niels van Deuren remains involved in HousingAnywhere as a shareholder
ROTTERDAM, 13th November 2018
HousingAnywhere, the global rental platform for international students and young professionals announced today that founder Niels van Deuren will hand over his responsibilities to the current CEO, Djordy Seelmann.
Van Deuren: "I founded HousingAnywhere 9 years ago and during that time I have seen the company grow. In 2014, I asked Djordy, whom I have known since my studies, to be VP of Product at HousingAnywhere, a role he has fulfilled with a lot of energy and a strong vision. When I wanted to focus more on HousingAnywhere's long-term vision early this year, Djordy was the logical choice for CEO and I am glad to announce that he will now fully take over the management of HousingAnywhere. Djordy has been growing the company for four years and I look forward to the future of HousingAnywhere under his leadership”.
"I'm incredibly proud to take over from Niels and lead the team that has built Europe's largest student accommodation rental platform in recent years," said Seelmann, CEO of HousingAnywhere. "We've already made great progress in the areas of innovation, payment security and user-friendliness of the platform and I'm looking forward to continuing this. I'm excited about the future, especially considering the roadmap we have for HousingAnywhere".
After a sabbatical in Colombia, Van Deuren will continue with his next project. He will retain his shares and will remain involved in HousingAnywhere as a shareholder. For the development of the platform, Seelmann is working closely with the Vice President of Engineering, Matteo Cattaneo, who was appointed earlier this year.
Djordy Seelmann (1988) is the CEO of HousingAnywhere. In 2014, the founder of the company, Niels van Deuren, asked Djordy to help him set up a product development team for the creation of HousingAnywhere’s booking platform. Djordy was appointed CEO in April 2018. Djordy holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Law, and Master Degrees in Finance and Financial Law (cum laude). During his studies, he started a graduate recruitment business targeting the legal sector. He ended his studies with internships at a top-tier legal firm and an international investment bank. After working alongside Niels on HousingAnywhere, Djordy concluded that he wanted to remain in the start-up scene because of his outspoken interest in entrepreneurship and technology.Djordy has been responsible for the vision behind HousingAnywhere’s booking platform and scaling of the teams that built it. He’s still involved in many parts of the development of the platform, including features like Messaging, Payments and Search, but also the creation of new exciting products and features.
HousingAnywhere is the world's largest housing platform for international students and young professionals with over 50,000 active advertisements and over 5 million users in over 60 countries. The peer-to-peer platform allows tenants to interact directly with landlords and enter into medium-term rental agreements. More than 160 partner universities recommend their students to use the HousingAnywhere platform. HousingAnywhere.com was founded in 2009 by Niels van Deuren after he was looking for temporary housing during his studies in Singapore. The Rotterdam-based platform currently employs 90 people. Early 2018 Djordy Seelmann took over the role of CEO.