Doug Lebda
Doug Lebda,
Charlotte, NC
LendingTree
Founder, Chairman & CEO

“One of the reasons I was able to be an entrepreneur is I was able to focus not even so much just on the metrics of the business, but I saw everything as a challenge to overcome." (Fox Business)

Doug founded LendingTree in 1996, a company he now serves as Chairman and CEO. 

After experiencing the frustrations and complexities of getting his first mortgage, Doug Lebda envisioned a way to empower consumers in the loan process where banks compete for the customers' business. Taking a year off from UVA business school in 1996, Doug founded LendingTree, revolutionizing how consumers shop for loans and how lenders reach new customers.

Once his company launched nationally in July 1998, Doug led LendingTree through a successful IPO in 2000, through the dot-com meltdown of 2001 and a successful sale to IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2003. From 2005 to 2008, Doug served as IAC's President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2008, joined the newly formed Tree.com (now rebranded as LendingTree) as it spun out from IAC as a separate public company.

Before founding LendingTree, Doug worked as an auditor and consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers after receiving his Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University.

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