Opodo today announced the appointment of Simon Vincent as Chief Executive Officer.Simon has over 20 years experience in the travel and financial services industries, latterly working with private equity companies on management buy-in opportunities within the leisure industry.
From 2002 to 2003 he was CEO of Red Letter Days, the UK’s No.1 Experiences Company.
Prior to Red Letter Days, Simon spent 15 years at Thomas Cook UK in a series of senior positions including Managing Director of Tour Operations (2001 to 2002), Chief Operating Officer (2000 to 2001), Managing Director of JMC Holidays (1998 to 2000), Commercial Director (1996 to 1998) and Managing Director Direct Distribution (1992 to 1996).
Previous experience includes Manager, CEO’s office, HSBC International and Corporate Banking Manager for HSBC Canada.
Commenting on his appointment Simon said “I am delighted to be joining Opodo at such an exciting time in the company’s development. Opodo is already a leader in the European online travel industry and with the strong dynamic team that has been built, along with the backing of our shareholders, I am confident that we will consolidate this leadership position.”
Opodo Chairman and Amadeus President and CEO José Antonio Tazón commented, “Simon’s wealth of travel knowledge and experience will be invaluable to Opodo as the company continues to grow and develop. He has an excellent track record of working across a pan-European brand to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction and shareholder value.”
Simon took up the role of CEO on 1st November 2004. Bart Tompkins, who has been acting CEO of Opodo since July 2004 will resume his position at Amadeus as Director of E-Commerce Investment.