National mortgage lender New Penn Financial hired Brian Simon as its chief operating officer.

Simon will focus on optimizing operations and systems for Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based New Penn.

In his 18 years prior to joining New Penn, Simon helped grow Caliber Funding as CEO, Freedom Mortgage as COO, and Prime Financial as an executive vice president.

As an expert in process re-engineering and technology deployment, he helped Freedom Mortgage build its business to more than $1 billion in mortgage originations per month.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to the New Penn team,” said President and CEO Jerry Schiano. “He thrives in rapidly growing organizations, so we have a great fit.”

New Penn’s was ranked 310 on Inc.'s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in 2012. Founded in 2008, the mortgage lender is licensed in 42 states and operates 30 branch offices nationwide. It is a Shellpoint Partners company.