Priceline group announces Paul Hennessy as upcoming CEO,

– USA, CT – The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) today announced that Paul J. Hennessy has been named Chief Executive Officer of, an operating business of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Hennessy will report into Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Priceline Group. Current CEO Chris Soder has been named Chairman of the Norwalk, CT-based business.

A veteran executive of The Priceline Group, Mr. Hennessy currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of, the Group’s global Amsterdam-based brand and number one online accommodations service in the world, where he oversees all global marketing efforts – online and offline – across the world. Prior to this, Hennessy served as Chief Distribution Officer of where he managed online marketing, distribution and advertising sales for the business.

Appointed CEO of in 2011, Mr. Soder will transition into the role of Chairman of, where he will continue to work on building the company’s strategy alongside Hennessy. Soder joined in 2000 and served as the brand’s President of North America prior to his appointment as CEO.

“Chris has been instrumental in the success of the brand, and his impact on the business over the years has been significant. His experience will be a great asset for Paul as Paul takes over day-to-day operations” said Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Priceline Group. “Paul has tremendous expertise in driving growth and global consumer demand, most recently at, and his experience will help guide in its next chapter as a leader in delivering the best online travel deals for consumers.”

“It was important to us to have someone who knows the business of online travel and the culture, and having worked alongside Paul for many years, I know he will be a great leader for,” said Soder. “It’s an exciting time for our industry and I look forward to staying involved in the business as the company looks to find new ways to build on its strong position in the highly competitive North American online travel landscape.”

Additionally, Pepijn Rijvers has been appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer of, effective April 1, 2015 in conjunction with Mr. Hennessy’s move to A member of the team since 2008, Mr. Rijvers has held positions in Business Development, Content and most recently as the Director of the Hotels Team overseeing an organization of 2,000+ employees. Under his leadership, has grown to over 600,000 accommodations partners worldwide. Mr. Rijvers will report into Gillian Tans, President & COO of

About The Priceline Group

The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) is the world leader in online travel and related services, provided to consumers and local partners in over 200 countries through six primary brands.

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