Expedia Hires Bain/Microsoft alum as Director of Global Operations Strategy

Expedia has hired a Director of Strategy reporting to the head of its Global Customer Operations Group.

The successful candidate is a Harvard MBA and Bain alumna, who was recently a Strategy Manager at Microsoft.

Other candidates considered included:

  • A McKinsey Senior Associate, MIT MBA, with robust experience in the logistics industry as an undergraduate
  • A BCG Associate Consultant, who returned to the firm for 3 years following his MBA at Wharton, and is currently a Project Leader

This is the second time that Hawkes Peers has filled this role. The previous candidate, placed 18 months ago, has been promoted. Expedia selected Hawkes Peers to fill the role again, following our success filling this difficult role the first time.


I am glad that we filled this role with a top notch candidate without any compromise on quality. Thanks again for your tireless help on this. I was truly impressed how quickly you were able to identify candidates that exactly fit the profile I had requested (Top3 Strategy at the right tenure level, plus technology affinity). You know your target market well.

Falk Richter, VP Global Customer Operations
Expedia, Inc.

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Hawkes Peers & Company is an Executive Search & Alliances boutique that specializes in assisting organizations in identifying “strategic leadership” talent with experience from elite strategy consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, etc.) and /or management skills developed in world class corporations (GE, PepsiCo, etc.). Our established clients include large corporations, high growth companies and VC/private equity firms.

Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company in the world. Since launching in 1996, the company’s Expedia.com brand has grown to become the world’s most highly visited online travel booking site, generating more leisure travel bookings than any other travel agency – online or offline. Worldwide, the Expedia, Inc. family of brands today includes 19 Expedia.com sites; more than 70 Hotels.com sites; leading agency hotel company Venere.com™; leading U.S. discount travel site Hotwire®; Egencia™, the world’s fifth largest corporate travel management company; the world’s largest travel community TripAdvisor® Media Network; destination activities provider ExpediaLocalExpert®; luxury travel specialist Classic Vacations®; and China’s second largest booking site eLong™. The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers vast opportunity to reach the most valuable audience of in-market travel consumers anywhere through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network. (NASDAQ: EXPE)

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