American travel company Expedia has announced the appointment of Arian Gorin as the new Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, with effect from May 13, 2024.
In a press statement, Expedia, that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, says that Gorin will succeed Peter Kern, who has served as the company’s CEO since 2020. Kern will, however, continue to serve as the company’s Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and work closely with Gorin to ensure a smooth transition. Gorin has also been elected to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.
The statement adds that Gorin has held various executive roles at Expedia Group since 2013, most recently as President of Expedia for Business, where she delivered outstanding financial results including B2B revenue growth of 33 pc in 2023 over the previous year. The company says that as President of Expedia for Business, Gorin led the company’s global supply partner group, advertising business, and B2B partner network that powers many leading global brands with travel tech.
“Ariane Gorin is a superb executive that all of us at Expedia Group and our Board have worked with for 10 years. We very much wanted an internal candidate to succeed to the CEO position, and following a comprehensive search, the Board determined Ariane was the best candidate given her exemplary leadership,” says Barry Diller, Expedia Group’s Chairman and Senior Executive.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Kern for his excellent service as CEO since 2020. He not only guided the Company through the supremely challenging pandemic years, but also drove Expedia Group’s organisational and technological transformation,” adds Diller.
“I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to lead Expedia Group as we build on the foundations established by Peter, our leadership team, and our global workforce. Leading our multibillion-dollar B2B business has been an incredible experience and I look forward to even greater growth ahead for the entire company. It is an exciting time in the company’s history, and I am energised by the opportunities ahead for our employees, travellers and partners,” says Gorin.
“I am proud of and grateful to the team we have built at Expedia Group and the tenacity and resilience they demonstrated as we worked through an incredibly ambitious and challenging transformation. We have quite literally reset the company for the future, and we are in position to lead our industry for decades to come,” says Kern.
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ariane for these last four years. She is a proven leader, answering any challenge thrown at her, including most recently as head of our tremendously successful B2B business. As Vice Chairman, I look forward to working closely with Ariane and our leadership team as they continue the momentum we have built and realize on all the opportunity that our transformation has created,” he adds.