The Priceline Group (PCLN) announced a series of changes today to the management teams of two of its operating businesses – Booking.com and rentalcars.com – as part of an ongoing commitment to align top talent with operating priorities.
The changes will become effective January 1, 2015 and include:
•Booking.com - Gillian Tans has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Booking.com and will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the global, Netherlands-based accommodation booking business. Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Priceline Group and CEO of Booking.com, will continue in his joint role, but with increased focus on talent development and driving long-term growth across Booking.com and The Group. Tans has been serving as Chief Operating Officer of Booking.com since 2011, working already in close cooperation with Huston to help expand Booking.com’s global business, having joined the company in 2002.
•Booking.com - David Vismans has been named the Chief Product Officer of Booking.com where he will oversee global, cross-platform product strategy for Booking.com as it continues to lead the industry in driving innovations that enhance the consumer travel experience. Vismans has been with Booking.com since 2012 serving as Director, Front End.
•Rentalcars.com - Ian Brown has been named CEO of rentalcars.com, The Group’s global, UK-based online rental car reservations business. Brown joined the company in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. Current CEO and co-founder, Greg Wills, will transition into the role of Executive Chairman where he will continue to drive strategic growth initiatives for the company. Prior to joining rentalcars.com, Brown was a partner at Oliver Wyman.
“Growth at The Priceline Group has been driven by strong day-to-day execution across markets and brands steered by leaders who understand what it takes to build great products and services for our customers and partners worldwide,” said Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Group. “Today’s appointments reflect the continued evolution of our company and the natural progression of our strong and deep talent base.”
“I also want to thank Greg for the amazing success we have had with the rentalcars.com business over the past few years and for his commitment to continue forward as Executive Chairman to help Ian and his team take the business to new heights,” said Huston.