10.12.09 – London, UK; Tamer Tamar, President, ebookers.com comments: "ebookers, one of Europe's largest online travel companies, and Orbitz Worldwide's (NYSE: OWW) full-service European travel brand is reorganising its business operations.
A burgeoning turn-around story in Europe following completion of its platform migration in 2009, ebookers websites now benefit from increased access to hotel inventory and technology that delivers more innovations faster to consumers.
ebookers posted a 43% year-on-year growth in hotel room-nights in the third quarter of FY2009, contributing positively to Orbitz Worldwide's performance. In order to further leverage the common platform and accelerate growth, ebookers is reorganising its business operations from being driven at the country-site level to a nimbler regional structure that will increase speed of execution and catalyze innovation. The twelve ebookers country sites will move to a 3 region operations structure effective immediately.
The three regions include:
- Region 1: UK, France & Ireland
- Region 2: Switzerland, Germany and Austria
- Region 3: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Benelux
As part of this re-organisation, I am pleased to announce that Pierre-Alain Regali, former Managing Director for ebookers Switzerland will assume responsibility for Region 2, and Didrik Von Seth, former managing Director for Sweden/Denmark/Norway will assume responsibility for Region 3.
Region 1 will be led by Guillaume Cussac who joins ebookers after spending nearly 6 years with Expedia Europe on various general management assignments. The three Regional MD's will manage their regional category management and marketing functions and will be accountable for their regions' targets.
Integral to ebookers' new organisation will be the formation of a new Business-to-Business (B2B) Group led by Gilles Despas, VP, ebookers B2B, and former MD for Continental Europe. In his new role, Gilles will lead the B2B team to collaborate with the three ebookers regions and Global Partner Services Group, to source and revenue manage non-hotel supply, support ebookers' efforts to streamline processes in product operations, and focus on Media Solutions and Private Label opportunities. Gilles brings a wealth of supply and demand knowledge and will strengthen ebookers' B2B foundations.
The new organisation will help ebookers further leverage its new common platform and increase its speed of execution as it focuses on growing the business in Europe in 2010."
For more information please contact:
ebookers.com press office
020 7025 6650
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
+1 312 752 5436
ebookers.com, one of Europe's largest online travel agents, prides itself on making travel booking decisions easier and offers excellent value travel with a best price guarantee. ebookers.com is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW). It has origins going back 20 years and has close relationships with leading travel suppliers of hotels and airlines. It offers a huge selection of choice from over 200 airlines, 86,000 hotels around the globe and car hire from most of the major international brands as well as providing both ski and cruise packages.
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