Our board

Simon Cooper – Chief Executive Officer

The first Group company was established by current CEO Simon Cooper in 2003, and became a trading subsidiary of On the Beach Limited in 2008. Mr Cooper was also a founder of On the Beach Limited (formerly known as On the Piste Travel Limited) which was incorporated in 1996. The Group initially operated on a digital platform operated by Teletext Holidays, with bookings being taken via a call centre. In October 2004, the Group launched its first ‘static’ website to show hotels to prospective customers. Shortly thereafter, the Group began to develop an offers based website providing dynamically packaged holidays, which launched in September 2005. At this stage, the Group had access to a single hotel-aggregator (known as a ‘bed-bank’) and one provider of flight data. During this time, the Group’s call centre function expanded rapidly.

Paul Meehan – Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined the business as CFO in January 2017. Prior to that, Paul was a Director at Gala Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd. (now part of the newly merged Ladbrokes Coral Group plc). Paul joined Gala Interactive as Finance Director in April 2012, as part of a new management team, re-launching an online gaming business in Gibraltar. The business successfully launched three new online gaming sites, taking the largest brand to be UK market leader. In November 2014, Gala Coral's two businesses in Gibraltar (Gala Interactive and Coral Interactive) were integrated. Paul became Finance Director of the combined business which continued to deliver market leading growth. More recently, Paul was the director responsible for the interactive planning and integration aspects of the merger between Gala Coral Group Limited and Ladbrokes plc which was announced in June 2015 and completed in November 2016. Paul previously held CFO/FD positions in a number of businesses in the UK, including online, gaming and technology businesses.

Richard Segal – Chairman

Richard Segal is Chairman of the Company. He is also Chairman of HostelWorld Group and Encore Tickets. Previously, Richard was Chairman for Esporta and Barratts PriceLess, a founding partner of 3i Quoted Private Equity, a non-executive director at The Kyte Group, Chief Executive Officer at PartyGaming Plc and Odeon Cinemas (where he led a management buy-out from the Rank Group) and Managing Director of Rank Group's entertainment sector. He holds a BA in economics from Manchester University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Lee Ginsberg – Non-Executive Director

Lee Ginsberg joined the Company in September 2015 as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Domino's Pizza Group plc. Lee joined Domino’s Pizza in 2004 and retired on 02 April 2014. Prior to his role at Dominos Pizza Group plc, Lee held the post of Group Finance Director at Health Club Holdings Limited, formerly Holmes Place plc, where he also served for 18 months as Deputy Chief Executive.

Lee is a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Mothercare plc and is a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Trinity Mirror plc. Lee is also the non-executive Deputy Chairman, senior independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Patisserie Valerie Holdings plc.

David Kelly

David Kelly joined the Company in August 2015 as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. David was previously the Operations Director at Amazon from 1998 to 2000, the Chief Operating Officer at Lastminute.com from 2000 to 2003 the Vice President, Operations/Chief Operating Officer at eBay from 2003 to 2007 and Senior Vice President of International at Rackspace from 2010 to 2012.

In 2007, David co-founded mydeco.com and, more recently, has built a wide portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions – including Chairman/Non-Executive Director of Love Home Swap, Pure 360 and Car Loan 4U.

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