HouseTrip names George Hadjigeorgiou Chief Executive Officer30.06.2014 10:39
HouseTrip, one of the world’s largest holiday home marketplaces, today announces that George Hadjigeorgiou has been named Chief Executive Officer. Hadjigeorgiou was previously COO of the company and succeeds Arnaud Bertrand who co-founded HouseTrip in 2009 with wife Junjun. Bertrand will remain focused on HouseTrip in his day-to-day role as President of the company.
Since joining HouseTrip in early 2012, Hadjigeorgiou has overseen all operations and played a defining role in developing and executing the company’s strategy to address the accelerating demand for HouseTrip. “Working closely with Arnaud and the team over the past 2 years has exceeded all my expectations coming into the company” said Hadjigeorgiou. “This is a truly exciting time for HouseTrip and, like everyone involved with this company, I’m obsessively passionate about it and very excited by the opportunity ahead of us.”
“HouseTrip was founded on the conviction that, with the right products and user experience, we could play a major role in ensuring that homes become travellers’ most popular accommodation choice” said Arnaud Bertrand. “Over the past 2 years, George has done an exceptional job leading the company and I look forward to continuing the work that we have begun together.”
Michael Van Swaaij, Chairman of the Board of HouseTrip and former CEO of Skype commented: “It is exceedingly rare to see a duo of leaders function as well as Arnaud and George. From a Board perspective, we’ve seen them execute beautifully together to date and we’re very excited by this change as we think it puts each Arnaud and George in roles perfectly suited to their respective strengths.”
Since its launch in 2010 London-based HouseTrip has experienced explosive growth and now has more than 320,000 homes available in over 20,000 destinations across the world, with over seven million nights booked to date. Uniquely backed by Europe’s three largest venture capitalist firms –Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and Accel Partners – the company was listed in the Top 50 Travel Websites by The Times in 2013 and in 2014 was named one of the top 5 fastest growing technology companies in the UK in 2014 by The Next Web.
As an internationally recognised technologist and business leader, Hadjigeorgiou brings more than 15 years of consumer web experience and management to the position. Before joining HouseTrip Hadjigeorgiou was the founder and CEO of GoldenGroup, the leading flash-sales company in South Eastern Europe. He had previously held key leadership roles at Yahoo!, most recently serving as General Manager of Communication and Community Products in Europe. Hadjigeorgiou has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Tuft University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.