Three Expedia execs to exit as part of group’s four-pillar restructure

February 10, 2018 - Bellevue, WA, USA: An Expedia sign can be seen on top of a building on a sunny day

Expedia Group has announced a major restructure of its executive leadership team as the company changes its operations to fit into four key pillars.

Rathi Murthy joins Expedia as the company’s chief technology officer and president of Expedia Services, which includes data and artificial intelligence, e-commerce, payments, and customer experience, focusing on evolving the company’s technical strategy and underlying platform.

Most recently, Murthy managed innovations in 5G and the platform technology and infrastructure at Verizon Media.

Rathi Murthy

Expedia has also appointed Jon Gieselman as its president of Expedia Brands, which will house the group’s consumer-facing businesses.

Gieselman joins Expedia from Apple, where he led marketing for its services division.

Jeff Hurst, who was previously Expedia’s president and co-lead of marketing, will become the chief operating officer of Expedia Brands.

John Kim, who previously worked as president of Expedia’s platform and marketplaces division, will move into the role of president of Expedia Marketplace.

In this role, Kim will oversee strategy, product, technology, and operations for all lines of business, such as lodging, air, car, cruise and activities.

Ariane Gorin will be responsible for bringing together Expedia’s Travel Partners Group and Expedia Business Services as president of the newly formed Expedia for Business, following the sale of Egencia to American Express Global Business Travel.

Meanwhile, Expedia announced that Cyril Ranque (president of its Travel Partners Group), Adam Jay (president and co-lead of marketing) and Tucker Moodey (president of retail product and technology) will all depart at different timeframes over the next several months.

The executive changes are part of the company’s operational restructure into four key pillars: Expedia Services, Expedia Brands, Expedia Marketplace and Expedia for Business.

Expedia CEO and vice chairman Peter Kern said the restructure was “an important next step” in the group’s journey.

“Rathi and Jon represent the character of executives, depth and breadth of experience, and success in their respective fields we seek at our leadership table,” he said.

“Our chairman and I have complete confidence in what they will deliver and we are excited to welcome them to the team.”

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