Travelport has appointed Tom Kershaw as its new Chief Product and Technology Officer.
Headquartered in Langley, Berkshire, the firm’s marketplace connects travel retail buyers and sellers.
Kershaw is a seasoned product and technology executive, with more than two decades of experience leading innovation, technical strategy and digital transformation execution.
He most recently held the title of Chief Technology Officer at one of the largest independent advertising platforms in the world, Magnite.
Kershaw also co-founded Prebid.org, an open-source software organisation dedicated to cultivating a new standard for cooperation in independent advertising exchanges to address industry challenges by facilitating collaboration and innovation.
He grew the organisation to more than 100 corporate members, over 1,000 contributing engineers and thousands of web publishers.
Kershaw has also served as a Director of Product Management at Google, where he led the Google Ads and Commerce product team in the APAC region, overseeing all global products built for publishers and buyers.
Greg Webb, Chief Executive Officer at Travelport, said: “We’re continuing to invest heavily in our global technology and product resources to deliver more value to our customers with next-generation solutions.
“Tom is a proven change-maker, having led significant transformation in the enterprise cloud space and global advertising sector, and I’m thrilled that he’s embraced the challenge of helping us modernise travel retailing.”
Kershaw added: “Progression in any industry requires bold changes and I’m greatly impressed with the direction Travelport is taking to facilitate simplified, modern retailing for the travel industry.
“I’m excited to join Greg and the entire Travelport team at such a monumental time in the company’s transformation journey and look forward to accelerating innovation and delivering products that bring significant and meaningful value to its customers.”