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In the latest piece of news, it has been officially announced that Gillian Tans is no longer the president and CEO of Booking.com and the parent company’s chief executive, Glenn Fogel, is taking her role, effective immediately.
On Wednesday, Booking Holdings announced that Gillian Tans has been appointed to the role of Chairwoman of Booking.com (a newly created position) and Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, will take on an expanded role that includes CEO of Booking.com.
The travel tech major didn’t specify any reason for the immediate change but here’s what Fogel had to say in the official quote. “Gillian has led Booking.com through a period of global growth and product and operational expansion, and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role of Chairwoman,” said Fogel.
“Booking.com has become an industry leader with more than 17,500 employees across more than 190 offices all over the world who serve Booking.com’s growing base of global customers and partners. Gillian has made invaluable contributions to this success and has been a passionate advocate for Booking.com’s entrepreneurial culture and values during her 17 years with the company.”
Fogel continued, “I am excited by the opportunity to guide our largest business and drive even more alignment across the Booking Holdings brands as we continue on our mission to help people experience the world. We are executing against a large market opportunity with a clear strategic roadmap. Working with the full Booking.com global team, I believe we can identify ways to drive more collaboration and integration to strengthen the company’s positioning for long-term success.”
Tans said, “Since the moment I have joined Booking, I have had the pleasure to work with such great people all over the world who are making Booking a success every day. Together we have built an amazing culture. Serving as their CEO has been an honour and together we paved a journey to empower people to experience the world! I look forward to serving as Chairwoman.”
Tans was appointed CEO of Booking.com in 2016. Prior to that, Tans served as Booking.com’s President and Chief Operating Officer, a role she was appointed to in 2011, as well as other positions at the helm of Booking.com’s global sales, operations, IT, content and customer care departments.
Fogel is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Booking Holdings. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as head of worldwide strategy and planning, a position he held from November 2010 to December 2016. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, responsible for worldwide mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. He joined Booking Holdings in February 2000.
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