SINGAPORE, JUNE 28, 2021 – Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel companies, has appointed Laura Houldsworth as Managing Director & Vice President for the Asia Pacific region, effective June 2021. She succeeds Angel Llull Mancas, who served as Managing Director for Asia Pacific since August 2018.
With full responsibility for the leadership and development of Booking.com’s Asia Pacific business, Laura will play a critical role in driving business growth, strategy and operations across one of the most dynamic and diverse regions for Booking.com. As the travel industry navigates its next phase of recovery, she will spearhead efforts to shape the future of travel in the region with a strong focus on supporting our partners in rebuilding their businesses, while ensuring the company continues to deliver the best value to our customers.
Laura joins Booking.com following 10 years at SAP Concur, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. Laura has previously held regional roles in BCD Travel and ABN Amro Private Banking.
“With over 15 years of experience managing multicultural teams in the Asia Pacific region, Laura has demonstrated incredible leadership forging into new and emerging markets and driving business growth across the region,” said Ripsy Bandourian, Vice President of Global Accommodations, “We are confident Laura will lead Asia Pacific brilliantly and we look forward to having her as part of our leadership team.”
“I am honored to join Booking.com and excited by its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world at a pivotal moment in time for travel,” Laura said, “With Asia in various stages of reopening and recovery, I look forward to working closely with our teams, partners and customers achieve great growth and success together.”