Skyscanner appoints new chief executive

Skyscanner appoints new chief executive

John Mangelaars was formerly of Microsoft and travel agency group Travix International

Skyscanner has appointed a new chief executive replacing Moshe Rafiah who will return to head up fellow Ctrip brand Travelfusion.

The Edinburgh-based metasearch site has named John Mangelaars as its new chief following an extensive international search.

Mangelaars, who spent 23 years at Microsoft, latterly as European vice president, advertising and online, joined online travel agency group Travix International as chief executive in 2013.

Rafiah had been splitting his time as chief executive between both Skyscanner and Travelfusion, the company he founded over 20 years ago.

He will now return to Travelfusion but will remain on Skyscanner’s board as vice chair, a role he has held since 2019.

He said: “Skyscanner has become my second home since stepping in as CEO in June last year, but I feel highly confident in handing over the reins to John.

“He has a deep knowledge of the travel industry and over 30 years’ experience in multinational corporations. John has a proven track record of scaling e-commerce businesses and he is also a clear cultural fit, with a strong focus on people.

“2020 was a challenging year, but we have started to see signs of travel returning, including uplifts in both searches and booking volumes: the roll out of the vaccine is clearly buoying consumer confidence.

“Skyscanner’s aim is to be the world’s  leading travel marketplace, and as travel returns, we have a strong vision and strategy in leading the way for our travellers and partners. John will be key in executing this strategy as we seek to capitalise upon this pent-up demand.”

Mangelaars said: “I am delighted to join Skyscanner, an exceptional team driving a bold strategy in a time where there is considerable opportunity to leverage growth.

“My long-term focus will be on guiding the team in building sustainable profitability and market share.

“I speak for the wider Skyscanner team in thanking Moshe for his commitment to Skyscanner, not just in the past months, but as we go forward in his continued role as our Vice Chair.”