Solutionstar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), announced the addition of Deva Kannan as the company’s new chief information officer.

As chief information officer, Kannan will lead the company’s technology and information service initiatives. One of his first projects will be the build-out of two research and development facilities in Seattle, Wash., and Chennai, India, the company said.

Kannan joins Solutionstar from Groupon, where he was a vice president of Groupon Goods. Earlier in his career, Kannan also held executive roles at GlobalScholar.com, Amazon.com, Blockbuster and Wal-Mart.

“We’re looking forward to leveraging Deva’s broad experience with online retail to facilitate an approach in real estate that places the consumer first, and then works backwards from that experience to integrate and automate all of the property search and transactional services, creating a more transparent and meaningful experience,” said Solutionstar CEO Kal Raman.

Raman also joined Solutionstar from Groupon, where he was CEO of the company’s Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, he was Groupon’s chief operating officer.

“Solutionstar is working toward simplifying the real estate transaction for millions of consumers each year by leveraging data and technology, and I’m looking forward to assisting the company with achieving its vision of making real estate easy,” Kannan said.

“We’re creating an incredible opportunity for true engineers who want to change how real estate transactions are conducted.”