Opodo Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Opodo, a leading pan-European online travel portal has today announced that David Scowsill is to become its new Chief Executive Officer.

Scowsill has an impressive travel and aviation record allied to broad retail experience. After 13 years at British Airways, where he held various customer service, sales and marketing roles in Europe, USA, Latin America and the Middle East, he moved to American Airlines where he became Managing Director for European sales. He then rejoined British Airways in 1993 as Regional General Manager Asia/Pacific, before being appointed Director Europe/Middle East. He joined the Board of Hilton International in 1997 as Senior Vice-President Sales, Marketing and IT, moving on to the Minit Group in 1999 as their CEO. His comes to Opodo from Orange, where he was Managing Director of the Consumer Division from September 2001.

Commenting on his appointment Scowsill said: “I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity of working within the travel industry again. I have watched Opodo`s impressive and rapid growth with considerable interest. It is clear that Opodo is uniquely placed to deliver a superb online travel product to leisure and business consumers, as well as providing a low cost distribution service that will benefit the airline, hotel and car rental suppliers. I will work closely with David Coltman, newly appointed Chairman, the Board and Opodo`s excellent team to ensure Opodo achieves its vision of becoming “the European travel agent of choice for customers and product providers”.


Scowsill will take up his CEO role at Opodo
from 23 September 2002.
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