Matthew became president of our European business in August 2011 leading lastminute.com, Europe¹s largest online travel and leisure business and holiday autos, the award-wining leisure car-rental brand.
Matthew is responsible for ensuring that lastminute.com and holiday autos remain amongst the most successful businesses in the ever changing travel and lifestyle sector. To do so, our brands need to promise and then deliver something different than any other. Along with the European-wide team he leads, Matthew is committed to building trust and loyalty amongst our customers by providing them with relevant travel and leisure experiences backed up by indispensible and valuable customer care.
Matthew came to us with extensive online travel sector experience having previously been Expedia¹s Senior Vice President of Lodging, where he was instrumental in building their global hotels inventory and business. While there he also served as European VP in their partner services team responsible for developing relationships with airline, car rental, rail and tour operator partners. He also managed the integration of Venere following Expedia¹s acquisition.
Before being lured to promoting travel and leisure brands in the online space, Matthew was global business development director for Nestlé handling their relationship with Tesco worldwide. He started his career receiving classic sales and marketing training from Procter & Gamble where he was responsible for developing a portfolio of B2C brands ranging from crisps to cat food.
Comfortable in a multi-cultural environment and with experience spanning both developed and emerging markets, Matthew has lived and worked in the UK, US and Switzerland but his heart belongs to France. Bi-lingual, he received an ERASMUS diploma at the IECS Business School in Strasbourg. He also spends much of his spare time there either restoring a dilapidated mountain chalet in the Haute Savoie region or ski-ing and mountain walking.