Bezurk.com has appointed Martin Symes, who will be making a financial investment in the company, and become a significant shareholder, as Chief Executive Officer.Mr Symes was until recently Executive Director, Commercial, at online travel retailer Zuji.
“With the business poised for rapid growth, we are delighted to have someone of Martin’s calibre to lead Bezurk,” said James Vaile, Bezurk’s Chairman and former Expedia VP Asia Pacific. “Martin’s experience of running pan-Asian travel businesses will be invaluable to Bezurk as it embarks on a program of new product launches, new markets and major distribution partnerships. His experience perfectly complements Bezurk’s dynamic young team. Bezurk.com founder Craig Hewett, who has been acting CEO, will continue to drive the company’s marketing, business development and distribution activities.”
Martin resigned from ZUJI in January 2006 after almost five years of playing an instrumental role in establishing the company and brand as one of Asia Pacific’s leading full service online travel retailers, including building businesses in six countries and negotiating partnerships with airlines and travel suppliers, online portals and other partners.
Prior to ZUJI, Martin held senior positions at Hutchison-Priceline, British Airways and American Airlines, where he was Managing Director, Asia Pacific from 1997-99. He has a degree from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.