HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:
) the world’s leading online marketplace for vacation rentals, today announced the appointment of Juan Carlos Fernández to the position of senior regional director of Southern Europe. In this position he is responsible for leading HomeAway's strategy in Spain, Italy and Portugal to strengthen the company’s growth in the popular vacation markets of Southern Europe.
"Southern Europe is a core part of our business, and we're pleased to bring Juan Carlos, a proven leader, to oversee this region," says Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway
. "His years of experience in Spain will be invaluable."
Fernández comes to HomeAway with more than 20 years of experience in multi-national companies. Before joining HomeAway, he worked at Microsoft
for over seven years where his positions included managing director of consumer & online business division in Spain; director of product strategy for advertising and online sales in Europe and leading Europe product strategies across 14 countries for online and advertising products. During his time at Microsoft, he successfully led the launch of Windows 7 in Spain and the online platform of Windows 8 and Skype™ rollout in Europe.
Prior to Microsoft, Fernández was responsible for the launch of Overture (Yahoo!) in Spain and helped manage the QXL Ricardo online auction marketplace. He earned a law degree and a master in business management and marketing from the Business School at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Fernández replaces Aurelie Lepercq who is stepping down after eight years with HomeAway.
HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY), based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing over 742,000 paid listings of vacation rental homes in 171 countries. HomeAway® offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio of websites includes HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es, Toprural.com in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.