Expedia has appointed several new executives in advance of its markets debut, including a chief financial officer. The online travel-booking site...
Expedia has appointed several new executives in advance of its markets debut, including a chief financial officer.
The online travel-booking site, based in Bellevue, yesterday said it hired former AT&T Wireless executive Mark Gunning as its CFO. He replaces Chris Bellairs, who served in that role for less than a year.
Former Cisco executive Paul Onnen will head its technology group.
Expedia.com — owned by Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp (IAC) — invested hundreds of millions of dollars into building easy-to-use travel-booking sites, but the company has now turned its focus toward more aggressively marketing its services.
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While Expedia.com remains its largest travel business, the newly formed travel unit — which will debut on the markets early next month — includes IAC’s other travel brands, including Hotels.com, Hotwire.com and Classic Customs Vacation.
Expedia also formed a new Partner Services Group led by Paul Brown. The group consolidates most of Expedia’s supplier relations under one roof.
Brown, who was senior vice president of strategy and development for Hotels.com and Expedia North America, will report to Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi — a move that indicates the importance of supplier relations.
Meanwhile, Cheryl Rosner, previously president of Hotels.com, will run Expedia’s global Corporate Travel Group. The unit offers travel products and services to small- to medium-sized corporate customers in the U.S. and Europe.
Rosner succeeds Matt Hulett, who plans to “take some time off,” a spokesman said.
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