Expedia Group announced the appointment of Rathi Murthy as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and President of Expedia Services and Jon Gieselman as the company’s President of Expedia Brands. As part of Murthy and Gieselman joining, the company will evolve its operating structure into four key pillars: Expedia Services, Expedia Brands, Expedia Marketplace, and Expedia for Business.
“Today, we take an important next step in Expedia Group’s journey as we add two exceptional talents to our leadership team and simplify our organization for clarity and speed. Rathi and Jon represent the character of executives, depth and breadth of experience, and success in their respective fields we seek at our leadership table. Our Chairman and I have complete confidence in what they will deliver and we are excited to welcome them to the team,” said Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and CEO, Expedia Group.
Gieselman joins Expedia Group from Apple, where he led marketing for Services, a broad portfolio of businesses. In his new role, Jon will lead Expedia Brands, which will house Expedia’s consumer-facing businesses and focus on bringing to life unique experiences customers love that connect the world through travel. Jeff Hurst, previous President and Co-lead of Marketing, will become the Expedia Brands Chief Operating Officer reporting to Jon. This role expands on his work bringing together the marketing teams and driving Vrbo through a critical year.
Murthy joins Expedia Group from Verizon Media and is a widely recognized transformative technology executive with deep experience and knowledge in platform environments at Fortune 500 e-commerce, financial services, telecommunications, and media companies. Most recently, Rathi managed innovations in 5G and the platform technology and infrastructure at Verizon Media. In her new role, Rathi will lead Expedia Services, which includes data and artificial intelligence, e-commerce, payments, and customer experience, focusing on evolving the company’s technical strategy and underlying platform.
John Kim, previous President of Platform & Marketplaces, will become President of Expedia Marketplace. In this role, he oversees strategy, product, technology, and operations for all lines of business – lodging, air, car, cruise, and activities – bringing Expedia Group products to life to create locally relevant and customer-centric travel experiences, benefitting our customers and suppliers.
Ariane Gorin will be bringing together the Travel Partners Group and Expedia Business Services to create a powerhouse B2B organization. As President of the newly formed Expedia for Business, Ariane will oversee the future of our B2B relationships, from powering our business partners to helping our supply partners achieve greater success. Ariane is responsible for optimizing the millions of connections we have with the travel ecosystem that fuels our marketplace as we aim to deploy the power of our platform through these partnerships.