HotelClub appoints new Commercial Director
Digital evangelist brings global experience to online hotel specialist
SYDNEY, 21 November 2011 – HotelClub today announced the executive appointment of Chaminda Ranasinghe to the position of Commercial Director.
In this role, Ranasinghe will lead the commercial team to maximise conversion and revenue globally. He will be responsible for driving the organisation’s strategic commercial direction which includes hotel inventory strategy, partner marketing and merchandising opportunities. With a data driven background, he is keen to develop detailed analytics to measure company performance and drive its success.
Prior to joining HotelClub, Ranasinghe honed his eCommerce skills in insurance based financial services at Zurich and Aviva in the UK. Responsible for digital strategy, he initiated a large-scale program to revolutionise Aviva’s digital offering in the UK and was responsible for the digital elements of the global rebrand in 2009. Before moving to the UK,
Ranasinghe developed his diverse background with previous positions in the retail, automotive and consumer sectors at Ford Motor Company, IBM and Coles Myer Limited in Australia.
“As a digital evangelist, I’m passionate about the online space and look forward to applying the lessons learnt from all over the globe to a great brand at home. I can’t wait to combine my love for travel and all things digital at HotelClub,” said Chaminda Ranasinghe, Commercial Director, HotelClub.
“Chaminda is a welcome addition to the HotelClub team. His extensive experience in numerous industries with specific expertise in online marketing and eCommerce will benefit us as we look to expand our presence in the Asia Pacific region moving forward,” said Jeremy Bellinghausen, President, HotelClub.
Ranasinghe is a passionate traveler who has visited over 250 destinations, from Alexandria to Zurich, across 50 countries and has plans for many more. He is an Australian citizen based in Sydney where he lives with his wife.
Chaminda enjoying summer in Brighton, UK
HotelClub is a world leading global accommodation website, which was established in 1996. HotelClub provides over 73,000 accommodation choices in over 7,400 cities worldwide throughout 141 countries. Through its unique rewards program, HotelClub Rewards, members earn Member Rewards (1 Member Reward = 1 USD) of up to 7% of the value of every booking made, which can then be redeemed on future hotel bookings. The company operates three websites – HotelClub.com, RatesToGo.com and AsiaHotels.com. HotelClub is part of Orbitz Worldwide Inc (NYSE: OWW), a leading online travel company.