The Priceline Group Appoints Christa Quarles CEO of OpenTable

17 Nov, 2015, 16:30 ET from The Priceline Group

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) today announced that Christa Quarles has been named Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable, effective immediately. Quarles has served as the Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable since May 2015 and as interim CEO since September of 2015 when former CEO Matt Roberts moved into the role of Chairman, OpenTable. Quarles and Roberts will both report to Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Priceline Group. OpenTable will be looking to hire a new CFO.

"Matt has been with OpenTable for 10 years, and under his leadership, the brand has developed a market-leading position," said Huston. "Christa has an extensive background running digital businesses.  As the Group continues its commitment to accelerate OpenTable's global expansion, increase the value offered to restaurant partners, and enhance the end-to-end experience for customers, I know Christa is well-poised to lead the charge and unlock new growth opportunities."

Prior to joining OpenTable in 2015, Quarles served as the Chief Business Officer for Nextdoor where she oversaw finance, business intelligence, HR, business development and legal. Previously, she served as the SVP and General Manager at Disney where she led the Mobile and Social Games divisions within Disney Interactive.

"I joined OpenTable because I see a business with immense opportunity and the potential to power amazing dining experiences for diners and restaurants all over the world," said Quarles.  "I look forward to growing the OpenTable team across the globe to help fulfill this vision."

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: Booking.com, priceline.com, KAYAK, agoda.com, rentalcars.com and OpenTable. The Priceline Group's mission is to help people experience the world.  For more information visit PricelineGroup.com.

About OpenTable OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 17 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 885 million diners around the world and over 30 million in Canada.  OpenTable is headquartered in San Francisco and available throughout the United States , as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

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