San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Viator, Inc., the parent company of Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries, today announced the addition of Gavin L. Delany to the company’s executive management team as vice president in charge of global product sales.
In this role, Delany is responsible for Viator’s worldwide product acquisition and supplier management initiatives for all of the company’s platforms including its flagship site Viator.com, locally-optimized websites in 10 languages, a portfolio of mobile websites and apps, and its network of more than 2,000 affiliate partners. Based in San Francisco, Delany will lead Viator’s tenured team of regionally-based product sales managers, charged with selecting and merchandising Viator’s growing portfolio of products. Viator’s tours and activities are hand-selected from the best local operators around the world, and each is vetted for quality, value and service and offers a range of travel activities – from classic city tours like Washington DC by trolley to unique local insider experiences like an intimate Italian cooking class in Florence.
“Gavin brings strong online travel and start-up experience to Viator,” said Ms. Barrie Seidenberg, CEO and president of Viator. “His proven expertise in sales management, strategy development and implementation, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit make him a great fit for our team. We look forward to the impact we know his talents will make on the products and services we deliver to our global customer base.”
“Viator is a true pioneer in the destination activities space, having successfully identified an underserved niche in travel and building the technology and team necessary to become the leading resource in the sector for both consumers and operators,” said Delany. “I am excited to join such an outstanding team and contribute to the company’s rapid growth, innovation and international expansion.”
Prior to joining Viator, Delany was with zozi.com, a San Francisco-based VC-backed start-up focused on the activities space where he was vice president of sales, leading the team responsible for securing contracts with local activity merchants and hotels. Prior to zozi.com, Delany spent a number of years working with technology-oriented start-ups throughout Silicon Valley, including shopkick, a VC-backed top mobile shopping app. His other travel industry experience includes roles in business development at both Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he created the hotel industry’s first rewards program for small business, and Kayak.com where he served as director of business development for hotels and lodging. In addition, Delany worked with Bain & Company where he consulted for corporate and private equity clients on growth strategy, acquisitions and new product launches.
Delany earned his Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude in Government, from Harvard College and his Master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 10,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator– the Latin word for traveler – offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 300,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, the Viator Shore Excursions website, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.