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Keller Williams announced the return of Mark Willis as CEO.

Willis served as the Austin-based company’s president from 2002 to 2005 and as CEO from 2005 to 2015. He continued to own company franchises after stepping down in 2015 and post-leadership work included the founding of a nutritional supplement company and the running of a foundation focused on supporting cancer detection programs.

Last year, KW successfully obtained a restraining order that prevented Willis from joining rival eXp Realty. Willis rejoined the KW executive team as a strategic consultant in July.

“We are excited to announce that Mark Willis has joined our leadership team as CEO,” said Gary Keller, co-founder and executive chairman of KW. “With a deep knowledge of our company and our culture, Mark is well-suited to lead us through our next growth phase. With so much uncertainty surrounding the real estate industry today, it’s never been more important to have a leader who thoroughly knows us and understands business at the highest level.”