Europe SVP Alex Zivoder quits Expedia

Alex Zivoder, European senior vice president for Expedia, has quit the business to become managing director for online ticketing service Viagogo.

The departure is the latest in a line of changes at Expedia following a management shake-up in November which saw the departure of Europe president Dermot Halpin and Expedia Partner Services boss Paul Brown. Halpin is due to leave by the end of the year.

Expedia has not announced who will take over responsibility for European operations although Eric Grosse, as president for Expedia Worldwide, is nominally in charge and will have overall responsibility when Halpin leaves.

Zivoder was promoted in April 2008 to SVP Europe. Part of the promotion was to take on additional responsibilities such as running Expedia UK following the exit of managing director Caroline Cartellieri.

He joined Expedia in July 2006 as MD for France following positions at Tele2 and Eurostat.

Zivoder said: “Despite the current economic climate, Viagogo has bucked the trend and demonstrated rapid growth and sound business sense. I look forward to taking the company to the next stage of its exciting journey.

“Secondary ticketing is one of the fastest growing sectors in e-commerce and there is a real opportunity here for viagogo to build a multi-billion pound business.”

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