"We are incredibly excited to welcome Kris to the PropTrack business and REA Group. His wealth of experience and expertise in building data businesses will be instrumental in driving our ambitious data strategy forward," said REA Group CEO Owen Wilson.
"The appointment of a chief product, data and insights officer also marks a major milestone for PropTrack as we accelerate our goal to build the market leading valuations business."
Matthews joins REA from Pexa, where he was the chief data and analytics office.
He previously spent more than 20 years at CoreLogic RP Data in a variety of roles, most recently as executive general manager for international and new markets.
During that time he served as industry representative on the Personal Identification Information in Property Data's code oversight committee, vice president of the Value Added Property Information Broker Association, director of PropertyIQ and related companies, and director of CoreLogic NZ.
Matthews holds an Advanced Diploma of Management from Churchill Education.
"I am excited to be joining a business with the unique and unrivalled data assets of REA and PropTrack. They present an incredible opportunity to transform the market. I'm looking forward to bringing new product innovations to a market I know well," he said.