SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Limos.com, the world's largest online marketplace for private car transportation, has deepened its management bench with the addition of four online veterans to its executive team. The appointments of Ann Hoey from Mediaplex, Darren Kahan from Hotwire.com, Sharon Saffel from LesConcierges, and Rod Montgomery from OpenTable.com will ensure continued success as the company encounters a significant demand for the Limos.com service.
In the past year, Limos.com has grown to have more than 27,000 vehicles from professional and licensed car service operators across nearly 17,000 cities globally, and has more than 1 million registered users. Following the company's $10 million cash infusion in March, Limos.com formally launched Limos.com for Business, an innovative online solution for management of corporate travel town car programs, and the Limos.com mobile app for iPhone and Android – the world's first and only app that enables travelers to search, compare and book town cars, SUVs, limousines and more in thousands of cities globally.
"We are pleased to welcome such a world-class group to the Limos.com team. Ann, Rod, Sharon and Darren are proven e-commerce all-stars, having spent their careers building today's top Internet brands," said T.J. Clark, CEO of Limos.com. "Limos.com has had an extraordinary year of success, and we've assembled one of the most talented teams I've had the pleasure to know. Our ability to attract executives of this caliber further endorses the strength of the Limos.com strategy and market opportunity."
Limos.com Executive Appointees:
Ann Hoey – Limos.com Chief Marketing Officer
Most recently General Manager at Mediaplex, a division of ValueClick, Ann joins Limos.com with more than 17 years of branding, advertising, online marketing, mobile marketing and operations experience. She served 11 years at Mediaplex in progressively senior roles, including VP of Operations and Director of Client Services, overseeing more than 1,500 advertisers, such as eBay, United Airlines, Avis Budget Group and Shutterfly. Previously, Ann spent five years at Levi Strauss & Co in various consumer and brand marketing roles for the Levi's brand. Ann holds a BA double-major in Economics and History from University of California, San Diego.
Darren Kahan – Limos.com Senior Vice President of Engineering
Darren joins Limos.com with 15 years of experience in the travel industry and a deep knowledge of online travel technology, having developed and led technical teams and strategy for major consumer e-commerce websites. Darren spent 10 years in increasingly senior software engineering roles at Hotwire.com, most recently as Sr. Director, Software Engineering and Web Development, leading a global team of 50 developers and managers across all aspects of Hotwire.com and Travel-Ticker.com. Darren holds a BA in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.
Sharon Saffel – Limos.com Senior Vice President of Customer Operations
Sharon joins Limos.com after four years as VP of Operations and Global Integrations at LesConcierges, preceded by executive-level experience in fulfillment at Expedia, Inc., customer care at Hotwire.com, operations at Travelocity.com and incentive services at American Express. For more than 20 years, Sharon has delivered global customer service to luxury clients in the travel and hospitality domains. As a pioneer in the online travel community, Sharon helped to define the channel and its service model, earning Hotwire.com the J.D. Power and Associates award for "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Independent Travel Web Sites." At Limos.com, Sharon will oversee the global programs that support customer loyalty, service delivery and supplier partnerships. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.
Rod Montgomery – Limos.com Vice President of Corporate Sales
Rod joins Limos.com from OpenTable.com, where he served most recently as Director of Inside Sales and was instrumental in growing the sales team and the company's network of participating restaurants. Rod has more than 20 years of sales experience, including Regional Sales Director roles at both MCI and Focal Communications, where he managed sales of telecommunication services to enterprise accounts including IBM, Wells Fargo, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and other global companies. At Limos.com, Rod will focus on the recently unveiled Limos.com for Business, which helps companies manage employee town car programs via modern online travel tools. Rod holds a BS and MBA in Marketing from California State University, Sacramento, and an MS in Management Telecommunication from Golden Gate University.
Limos.com is the largest online marketplace for chauffeured transportation worldwide, enabling leisure and business travelers to compare and book pre-screened car services at specially-negotiated discounts of up to 40 percent off standard rates. With exclusive search technology, thousands of quality local vendors and helpful customer reviews, Limos.com consistently delivers more ways to find the perfect car or limousine service for any occasion. Learn more at www.limos.com.
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