Expedia Worldwide president Durschslag resigns in second high-profile exit
Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will be shouldering an extra workload now that Scott Durschslag has resigned as president of Expedia Worldwide.
The apparently sudden exit of Durschslag, who focused on expanding Expedia Inc.’s global marketshare as president of Expedia Worldwide, is the second high-profile departure from the company in the past few months.
Expedia Inc. CFO Michael Adler resigned recently and was replaced by Mark Okerstrom. Adler’s exit was widely seen as related to the TripAdvisor spinoff and the prospect of his heading up the fiscal responsibilities of a downsized company — Expedia without TripAdvisor.
An Expedia Inc. spokeswoman provided few details about Duschslag’s departure other than confirming he resigned and noting that Khosrowshahi will assume Durschslag’s duties as president of Expedia Worldwide while retaining his CEO role, as well.
Durschslag’s departure comes as Expedia prepares to report its 2011 earnings within a few weeks.
One wonders if Durschslag’s resignation is related to Expedia Inc.’s international performance as it chases Priceline and its Booking.com unit in the global hotel business.
But, that is speculation for now.
There have been rumors of a reorganization of sorts in the works at the company and perhaps Durschslag’s resignation is part of that effort.
And, is Expedia chairman Barry Diller sending a message by putting Khosrowshahi directly in charge of the company’s international expansion effort?
Durschslag’s LinkedIn profile says he joined Expedia in December 2010, while the Expedia website says he was hired in early 2011.
Durschslag most previously was COO at Skype.
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