ebookers has announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, previously with Priceline.com and First Choice.
Nigel Addison Smith has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and a member of the company`s Board of Directors. He has eight years of senior financial management experience within the travel industry, most recently with First Choice Holidays plc, where he was Finance Director of Air 2000 and Viking Aviation, the company`s charter airline division. Previously he was Group Financial Controller of First Choice.
Following the completion of the financial year, eBookers said Navneet Bali, previous CFO, is leaving ebookers plc by mutual consent, to pursue other business interests.
Philip Dale has been appointed as Chief Information Officer, having most recently been employed by Priceline.com where he served as Chief Technology Officer in Europe and Vice President Development in the United States. Prior to joining Priceline.com in 1999, Mr. Dale worked in senior roles for Sabre within their operational research and yield management group.
Commenting on the two appointments, Dinesh Dhamija , Chief Executive Officer ebookers said: “The appointment of Mr Addison Smith and Mr Dale are two very significant appointments for ebookers, further strengthening the travel expertise of our senior management. ebookers is experiencing very high organic growth and these appointments provide ebookers with more of the seasoned management required to take the company through to its next stage of rapid development and beyond.
“Philip Dale`s experience with high volume bookings at Priceline will ensure that our technology continues to remain robust and scaleable. His expertise will also be important in technology development to further broaden our non-air product sales including hotels, car hire and package holidays.
“Nigel Addison Smith has been appointed because of his financial management expertise in a high growth listed travel company. His experience in driving out costs, better buying and acquisition integration will all be extremely valuable assets to ebookers.”
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