Gilles Despas appointed CEO of HolidayCheck AG
The Board of Directors of HolidayCheck AG, Bottighofen, Switzerland, has appointed Gilles Despas, 43, as its new CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board. He joins the company today.
HolidayCheck AG, a TOMORROW FOCUS AG company, is the largest German-language hotel rating and holiday reservations portal.
Gilles Despas succeeds Jörg Trouvain, who is resigning from the company for personal reasons, as previously announced. Until he leaves the company, Jörg Trouvain will continue to assist HolidayCheck AG as an adviser.
Gilles Despas’ previous experience includes ten years as Managing Director Continental Europe at ebookers Ltd, one of the leading European online travel agencies and part of Orbitz Worldwide. Gilles Despas’ area of responsibility at ebookers included its subsidiaries in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. He also managed the product development, product procurement and partner marketing teams for ebookers in Europe.
Until recently Gilles Despas was Senior Strategic Adviser at STA Travel, the world’s leading travel agency for students and young adults. One of his main tasks was to reorganise all of STA Travel’s online business operations.
Commenting on the appointment, Stefan Winners, CEO of TOMORROW FOCUS AG and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of HolidayCheck AG, said:
“We are delighted to have been able to attract such an experienced and successful expert in the European online travel sector as Gilles Despas for the role of CEO at HolidayCheck. His long experience will be very useful in the European expansion of HolidayCheck AG.”
Gilles Despas, the new CEO of HolidayCheck AG, said:
“I am very pleased to be joining such a successful company. With the support of TOMORROW FOCUS AG we will continue the steady growth of HolidayCheck, in particular consolidating its market position in Europe.”
About HolidayCheck AG
HolidayCheck AG operates the biggest German-language holiday bookings and feedback portal on the Internet.
The company is based in Bottighofen, just across the Swiss border from the German town of Constance. With over 250 employees, HolidayCheck AG currently handles package holidays worth over EUR 600 million a year. The idea of setting up a holiday ratings platform was first mooted in 1999. The company was subsequently founded in 2003.
Today, with over 23 million visits every month (German Information Society for Measuring the Distribution of Advertising Media – IVW, January 2012), HolidayCheck AG operates the most important German-language holiday ratings portal as well as a TÜV-certified travel agency. In response to growing international demand, the holiday platform is now available in ten languages.