Eric Hart Leaves Expedia Group, Williams-Sonoma Exec Named CFO

Eric Hart, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Expedia Group, is leaving the company and will be succeeded by Julie Whalen, who most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Williams-Sonoma.

Hart has been with Expedia Group for 13 years and will leave on Oct. 1 “to pursue new opportunities,” according to a company statement. Hart will remain as chairman of the supervisory board of directors of Trivago and on the board of Global Business Travel Group, the name of the company created by the public listing of American Express Global Business Travel.

“We thank Eric for his many contributions to Expedia Group over the past 13 years, one of which includes nearly three years as the company’s CFO, where he was instrumental in successfully navigating the pandemic while helping me and other leaders. to guide the Company through significant transformation,” says Peter Kern, Vice President and CEO of Expedia Group.

Whalen had been with Williams-Sonoma since 2001 and spent 10 years as chief financial officer. As of June 2019, she is a member of Expedia Group’s board of directors and audit committee and has chaired the audit committee since June 2020. As CFO, she will step down as chair of the audit committee but will remain a member of the board.

In her role as executive vice president and chief financial officer, Whalen will lead Expedia Group’s global finance organization and finance activities, including accounting, corporate development, financial reporting and analysis, internal audit, investor relations, real estate, tax and treasury.

“Julie is a highly respected financial executive with years of success as an operational leader. She comes with the experience and commitment to understanding customers and driving long-term value. We are excited to bring Julie’s energy and drive to our leadership team and look forward to the impact she can bring to our finance organization and our entire company,” says Kern.

Says Whalen, “I have developed a great deal of respect and admiration for Expedia Group’s leadership and business team over the past three years through my role on the Board. I am excited to join Expedia at such a pivotal time and help meet the company’s objectives. growth strategies to maximize shareholder value.

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