Knock has named Michelle DeBella, recently vice president of finance at Lyft as chief financial officer. Reporting to Knock’s Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black, DeBella will drive operational rigor and help the company accelerate predictable, profitable growth as the pioneer of the Knock Home Swap, which allows consumers to buy their next home before they sell their current house.
DeBella brings more than 25 years of experience and a diverse background in finance strategy, operations and management at transformative technology companies.
“Michelle’s leadership experience helping two hyper-growth, iconic tech companies go public as they drove a tectonic shift in an established industry makes her uniquely qualified to join Knock at a critical inflection point in our five-year history,” Black said. “We are extremely fortunate that Michelle has chosen to bring her experience to Knock as we continue to accelerate the growth of our business and share our mission to empower people to move more freely with the masses.”
Before joining Lyft in 2019, DeBella was the global head of internal audit at Uber. During her time at both Lyft and Uber, DeBella scaled each companies’ finance organizations in preparation for their successful IPOs. Previously, she spent more than eight years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Earlier in her career, DeBella spent nearly 17 years at Ernst & Young LLP.
Named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2019 by the National Diversity Council, DeBella earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting at Truman State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.