Expedia undertakes major restructure

Expedia has restructured its business and undertaken a management shake up. As part of the changes Expedia Europe president Dermot Halpin will leave the online travel company by the end of the year.

Paul Brown, president of Expedia’s Partner Services and North American operation, will also leave the company. He will take up the role of president of global brands and shared services for Hilton Hotels.

It is not know where Halpin will move to, but the company says he is expected to “assume new business interests and board positions in organizations outside Expedia”.

Effective immediately, Expedia has structured its teams around worldwide operations for the Expedia.com, hotels.com, and Expedia Distribution divisions. The company says the change will allow the businesses to align with worldwide brands and technology, rather than alignments based on geographic regions.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia chief executive and president, says: “Improving our organisational structure will allow us to react more quickly to evolving global markets, more flexibly address traveller needs and better leverage the expertise of our leaders.”

On Halpin’s departure, Khosrowshahi says: “As president of Expedia Europe, Dermot Halpin has built our EMEA business from $2bn in gross bookings to more than $4.5bn in gross bookings in 32 countries. Through Dermot’s leadership, we have created real scale in EMEA that has enabled us to realign our organisation along global brands.”

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