Travel search business Skyscanner has hired former eBay executive Kris Beyens as its chief financial officer.

The Belgian will replace Colin McLellan when he leaves at the end of March after seven years at the Edinburgh-founded business. Beyens has been VP and chief operating officer of eBay EMEA and CFO of eBay International. He also spent 13 years in finance roles at General Electric.

Skyscanner chief executive Bryan Dove said: “Kris brings to the team a deep marketplace understanding coupled with impressive international experience. We have an ambitious and bold strategy as the sector leader, and Kris will play a key role in helping us to accelerate towards our goals.”

Beyens is a University of Antwerp graduate who has acted an angel investor for several companies in Switzerland, Italy, France and the UK since leaving eBay in 2018. He is based in Zurich.

He said: “Travel is a passion of mine, and as a world-class provider of flights, hotels and car hire, Skyscanner is leading the industry’s transformation towards modern and sustainable travel. With over 100 million people using Skyscanner every month, the business put over 172 million flight passengers in the air last year.

“In 2018, flight tickets purchased via Skyscanner totalled $23.7 billion. It is clear that Skyscanner is in a strong position to pave the way for the future of the industry.”

Skyscanner was founded in 2003 and McLellan joined as financial controller in March 2013, progressing through several senior roles as the flight search website enjoyed huge growth to attain unicorn status. It was taken over by Chinese group Ctrip for around £1.4 billion in November 2016 and McLellan became CFO the following May.

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Beyens’ arrival follows the appointment of former Deliveroo executive Rob Miller as chief legal officer last August and promotion of Piero Sierra from VP of Product to chief product officer in February.



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