Expedia’s Northern Europe managing director Andy Washington is to leave the OTA to join dnata Travel Europe as chief executive of its B2C businesses.
The role includes responsibility for all of dnata Travel Europe’s consumer-facing brands, including Travel Republic, Sunmaster, Travelbag and Netflights.
Washington will start his new role in December and report to Iain Andrew, divisional senior vice-president of dnata’s travel services, alongside Andrew Botterill, chief executive of dnata Travel Europe’s B2B brands.
Reporting to Washington will be Ian Simmonds, managing director of B2C short-haul brands Travel Republic and Sunmaster, and Tony Carty, managing director of B2C long-haul brands Travelbag and Netflights.
Washington joined Expedia in June, 2011, after a six-month spell working for Thomas Cook’s online business.
Prior to Cook, he was sales director for lastminute.com, having joined the OTA from his role as sales and distribution director of Cosmos Holidays in 2008.
Iain Andrew said: “Andy joins us at a very exciting time, as dnata continues to grow and strengthen our UK businesses. We are proud to boast the most dynamic team in the travel industry and I look forward to welcoming him as part of the executive team.
“His exceptional experience in leading consumer brands alongside our industry-leading trade team will ensure that our ambitious growth plans across all channels will continue to be realised.”
Washington will primarily be based at the Travel Republic offices in Kingston upon Thames. His successor at Expedia is yet to be announced.
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