Hertz chief quits for travel portal

Hertz Europe’s retail sales and marketing director, Elizabeth Harraway, is understood to have quit the car rental company to join Galileo, which provides global electronic distribution services for the travel industry.

Harraway joined Hertz two years ago from The Fashion Café – the ill-fated restaurant backed by supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell – where she was vice-president of sales and marketing.

Galileo International provides travel agencies, corporate travel managers and Internet users with the ability to book travel arrangements by accessing schedule availability and pricing information.

Galileo refused to comment. But Hertz says it is seeking a replacement.

Prior to joining The Fashion Café, Harraway worked at Disneyland Paris, where she rose to become head of marketing.

The Hertz Corporation operates a global rental fleet of 525,000 vehicles, from 6,500 locations in 140 countries. Its worldwide revenue is split equally between business and leisure travellers.

Hertz’s main rivals are Avis and Arriva, but it has recently come under pressure in Europe from discount car hire companies targeting the leisure sector.

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