Skyscanner CEO replaced by chief technology officer

Skyscanner CEO replaced by chief technology officer

Gareth Williams, Skyscanner’s co-founder and chief executive officer, is to take up a new role as chair of the travel search engine.

He will be replaced as CEO by current chief technology officer Bryan Dove.

Williams said: “I’m very excited to take on the role of chairperson, where more of my focus will be on Skyscanner’s long-term vision. Former CTO Bryan Dove is a natural fit as my successor, having been pivotal in shaping our current strategy and structure. He has a wealth of experience and is additionally supported by a brilliant senior leadership team.”

Dove added: “Gareth is a tremendous leader and I’m delighted to continue working with him in his role as chairperson. I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about Skyscanner’s future and our ability to make a positive impact on travellers and partners around the world.”

Skyscanner launched in 2003 as a flight comparison tool and has since moved to include hotels and car hire and operates in over 30 languages and in markets.

The company received investment from the likes of Sequoia Capital before being acquired in late 2016 by Chinese travel site Ctrip, in a deal valued over £1.4bn, which left the company operationally independent.

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