Kiwi.com has unveiled its new board of directors having brought in strategic investor from General Atlantic in June.
The Czech price comparison and booking site said the board will “guide the Company through its next phase of growth”.
Among the appointments announced today are Daniel Finnegan (pictured), former chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of Booking Holdings, who will serve as an independent Board Director.
During Finnegan’s 14-year tenure with Booking Holdings, the company grew to about 22,000 employees and reached a valuation of more than $100 billion.
He said: “I am excited for the opportunity to work with Oliver and the Kiwi team as they build towards ambitious goals that will ultimately provide extraordinary value and experiences to travelers worldwide.”
Kiwi.com executives Oliver Dlouhý, co-founder and chief executive, and Juraj Striezenec, chief financial officer, as well as General Atlantic Technology sector team members Tanzeen Syed, managing director, and Jessie Cai, vice president, will also join the Board.
Dlouhý said: “I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of experts with whom I look forward to closely working as we scale Kiwi.com.
“Our new Board brings a diversity of strategic and operational experience spanning the technology and travel sectors, and Dan’s background as the former CFO of one of the world’s largest travel companies will be invaluable to our business. The creation of this team is an exciting milestone in this next chapter of our growth.”
In June 2019 Kiwi.com announced a strategic investment from General Atlantic, a leading global growth investor, to help scale the business.
General Atlantic has extensive experience in the global online travel industry, with current and past investments including Priceline, Airbnb, Meituan, Flixbus, Uber, Despegar.com, Smiles and Mafengwo.
Syed said: “We believe the structure and expertise of this Board well-positions Kiwi.com to execute on its vision of creating a comprehensive travel experience for consumers around the globe.
“The addition of an independent Director of the calibre and experience level of Dan brings further momentum to the business as Kiwi.com enters this next phase of growth.
“General Atlantic is excited to be working alongside Oliver, the Board and the Kiwi.com team to continue building a next-generation travel technology platform.”
Kiwi.com was founded in 2012 and was recognised as the #1 fastest-growing Czech start-up by Forbes Magazine in 2017 and 2018.
The Company has developed new technology that matches passengers to multiple carriers and flights on single itineraries and partners with airlines, online travel agencies, and metasearch engines. Today it sells more than €1 billion worth of tickets across the globe.