Breaking Travel News names Hennessy as new chief executive names Hennessy as new chief executive

Paul Hennessy has been named chief executive of, an operating business of The Priceline Group.

He will take up the role on April 1st, 2015, and will report into Darren Huston, president and chief executive of The Priceline Group. 

Current chief executive Chris Soder has been named chairman of the Norwalk, CT-based business. 

A veteran executive of The Priceline Group, Hennessy currently serves as chief marketing officer of, the group’s global Amsterdam-based brand and number one online accommodations service in the world, where he oversees all global marketing efforts - online and offline - across the world. 

Prior to this, Hennessy served as chief distribution officer of where he managed online marketing, distribution and advertising sales for the business.


Appointed chief executive of in 2011, Soder will transition into the role of chairman of, where he will continue to work on building the company’s strategy alongside Hennessy.

“Chris has been instrumental in the success of the brand, and his impact on the business over the years has been significant. 

“His experience will be a great asset for Paul as Paul takes over day-to-day operations,” said Huston.

“Paul has tremendous expertise in driving growth and global consumer demand, most recently at, and his experience will help guide in its next chapter as a leader in delivering the best online travel deals for consumers.”