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Bryan

Bryan
Dove

CEO

After taking on key roles at Microsoft, Amazon and Skype, Bryan joined Skyscanner in 2015, leading and growing every part of the business including the product, engineering, data science, design and infrastructure teams. He became CEO in 2018.

Ruth

Ruth
Chandler

Chief People Officer

Ruth has a strong belief that 'great people make great products' so she and her teams focus on supporting and developing the 1,000+ amazing individuals who make up Skyscanner.

Stuart

Stuart
Middleton

Chief Commercial Officer

Stuart leads the commercial team and is responsible for making sure the very best deals are available for all travellers, in all markets.

Joanna

Joanna
Lord

Chief Marketing Officer

In a varied career, Joanna’s mission has always been to build brilliant brands that leave an impact, connect us in beautiful ways and do great things.

Colin

Colin
McLellan

Chief Financial Officer

Before becoming CFO, Colin was the interim CEO of Skyscanner Japan (a joint venture with Yahoo! Japan) and worked on the financial side of Ctrip’s (now Trip.com Group) acquisition of Skyscanner in 2016.

Hugh

Hugh
Aitken

VP of Commercial

From airports to airlines, Hugh has spent more than 15 years working in the travel industry. He now leads global partnerships at Skyscanner.

Steven

Steven
Pang

VP of Product Management

Steven joined the team when Skyscanner acquired the Chinese travel company he founded, helping us grow our international presence. He focuses on developing new products and businesses for Skyscanner.

Filip

Filip
Filipov

VP of Strategy

Filip has led several product areas within Skyscanner, ranging from our b2b supply-side products to advertising and hotels. He now spends his time thinking about where Skyscanner is going next – identifying new business opportunities and ways of growing.

Piero

Piero
Sierra

VP of Product Management

Piero has made a career delivering world-class consumer products and has brought that same level of obsession to Skyscanner, helping us to be the travel company who put travellers first.

Emily

Emily
Grossman

Principal App Growth Manager

Emily specialises in app growth strategies at Skyscanner and knows a thing or two about mobile application marketing

Rob

Rob
Miller

Chief Legal Officer

Rob is a highly experienced tech Chief Legal Officer and is responsible for our legal, regulatory and public affairs functions worldwide. And thanks to Skyscanner he can book trips to follow Arsenal wherever they're playing!

Gareth

Gareth
Williams

Co-founder and Chairperson

Along with two friends, Gareth set up Skyscanner in 2003 to create a simple way to compare flight prices. Back then it was just an Excel spreadsheet and while Skyscanner long outgrew Gareth’s spare bedroom, the aim to make travel easy for everyone remains.

Our story so far

2003

After registering the company in 2001, co-founder Gareth Williams launches Skyscanner from his spare bedroom. The following year our first office opens in Edinburgh.

2007

We welcome £1.5m Series A funding from Scottish Equity Partners, with an extra £1m in 2008.

2008

For the first time we have a million users in a single day.

2009

The website launches in 30 languages globally.

2011

With strong growth in Asia we open an office in Singapore and back in the UK we acquire travel start-up Zoombu. Meanwhile, the Skyscanner app launches.

2013

Sequoia Capital invest in Skyscanner in the same year that we move beyond flights, acquiring Spanish hotel comparison business Fogg and launching car hire in app. We also open an office in Miami.

2014

This is the year we focus on mobile, acquiring Distinction, an app development company based in Budapest, and launch hotel search in app. We start providing data insights to the travel industry with our new B2B platform. We also acquire Youbibi, a Chinese travel search site.

2015

We open a new office in London and start a new venture in Asia, as we team up with Yahoo! Japan. We also become the first global travel metasearch to allow airlines to take direct bookings via a third part using New Distribution Capabilities.

2016

The year starts with five new partners investing £128 million to support and accelerate our growth and ends with Skyscanner being acquired by Ctrip (now Trip.com Group) in a deal valued at £1.4bn. It’s the largest travel tech acquisition Europe has ever seen.

2017

We strengthen our reviews and recommendations by acquiring social content platform Twizoo.

2018

Gareth becomes Chairperson, focusing on Skyscanner’s long-term vision. Our Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Dove, takes his place as CEO.

2019

To help travellers book lower-emission flights, we introduce eco-labelling. It’s part of our wider mission to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel. More than 100 million people now use Skyscanner every month.

A new look and a bolder outlook

We believe that travel has the power to change us. And we have the power to change travel.

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