HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the world’s leading online marketplace for vacation rentals, welcomes Simon Lehmann, chief executive officer of Biketec AG and former Interhome AG CEO, to its board of directors.
Prior to joining Biketec earlier this year, Lehmann spent eight years as CEO of Zurich-based Interhome, a subsidiary of the Hotelplan Travel Group. Under his guidance, Interhome became a leading vacation rental company in Europe and Lehmann himself achieved acclaim as Europe's foremost online vacation rental expert.
“We believe Simon’s work to develop Interhome’s internet presence and the professionally managed vacation rental market in Europe will bring a new and significant perspective to our business,” says Brian Sharples, HomeAway ® CEO and chairman of the board.
During his time at Interhome, Lehmann also held other executive posts within the Hotelplan Travel Group including Deputy CEO and Head of Travel Related & Online Services, where he was responsible for Hotelplan's online travel agency subsidiary, Travelwindow.ch.“I’m delighted to join HomeAway’s board and look forward to shaping how we deliver the wonderful experience of staying in a holiday rental to families and groups around the world,” says Lehmann. Lehmann replaces Robert Solomon, who has served as a member of HomeAway’s board of directors since January 2009. Solomon served as chief operating officer and president of Groupon, Inc., from March 2010 through March 2011 and was previously a venture partner with TCV. Since its debut on the NASDAQ (AWAY) in June 2011, the makeup of HomeAway’s board of directors has transitioned from primarily investors to strategic advisors, including ZipRealty CEO Lanny Baker, former BabyCenter CEO and current Sherpa Foundry CEO Tina Sharkey, former Expedia president Simon Breakwell and Southwest Airlines CMO Kevin Crone. About HomeAway HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing approximately 890,000 paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, 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 includes the leading vacation rental websites 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 and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway. HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.