Expedia appoints Simon Fiquet as GM for SEA and India
By Digital News Asia April 15, 2016
- Formerly head of regional team at Google Travel
- Responsible for footprint and strategy across seven markets
ONLINE travel company Expedia has announced the appointment of Simon Fiquet (pic above) as general manager of South-East Asia and India.
As part of the Asia Pacific management team, he will be responsible for expanding the brand’s footprint, profit and loss, and strategic business direction across seven points of sale, the company said in a statement.
Based out of Singapore, he will report to AirAsia Expedia chief executive officer Jonathon Neal.
“With their dynamic demographic shifts, technology disruption, and passion for travel, South-East Asia and India currently offer tremendous business opportunities for the brand,” said Fiquet.
“South-East Asia is becoming increasingly digital, with more than half of Internet users here accessing the Internet primarily through mobile.
“We hope to use Expedia’s technology, data analytics, and extensive travel know-how to bring them a more intuitive and complete travel booking experience,” he added.
Fiquet brings with him a rich and versatile experience from the travel industry, having headed the Asia Pacific team for Google Travel, according to Expedia.
His key responsibilities at Google included sales, team building, and driving partnerships with the largest travel companies across online travel agents, hotel chains, airlines, tourism boards, and meta-search engines.
His earlier professional roles include various sales positions in Europe for Google, and he was a strategy consultant for Mars&Co.
Fiquet holds a degree in Electrical and Aerospace Engineering from the University de Montréal - École Polytechnique de Montréal, and a Masters of Applied Science from the École Polytechnique in Paris.
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