Travelport appoints Tom Kershaw as Chief Product and Technology Officer
Travelport has appointed Tom Kershaw as its new Chief Product and Technology Officer.
Kershaw is a seasoned product and technology executive, with more than two decades of experience leading innovation, technical strategy and execution within both emerging and mature organisations undergoing transformation. He most recently held the title of Chief Technology Officer at one of the largest independent advertising platforms in the world, Magnite, Inc.
While he was at Rubicon Project, in 2017, Kershaw also co-founded Prebid.org, an open-source software organisation dedicated to cultivating a new standard for cooperation in independent advertising exchanges to address industry challenges by facilitating collaboration and innovation. He grew the organisation to more than 100 corporate members, over 1,000 contributing engineers and thousands of web publishers, and lead prebid.js to become the dominant form of advertising monetisation on the internet.
During his career, Tom has also held leadership positions at Ericsson, VeriSign Inc., and Unisys Corporation. Greg Webb, CEO, Travelport, said, “As Travelport+ is the central focus of our strategy, we’re continuing to invest heavily in our global technology and product resources to deliver more value to our customers with next-generation solutions. Tom is a proven change-maker, having led significant transformation in the enterprise Cloud space and global advertising sector, and I’m thrilled that he’s embraced the challenge of helping us modernize travel retailing. He brings invaluable knowledge and experience to our technology leadership team that will greatly support the evolution of Travelport+.”
Commenting on his appointment, Kershaw added, “Progression in any industry requires bold changes and I’m greatly impressed with the direction Travelport is taking to facilitate simplified, modern retailing for the travel industry. I’m excited to join Greg and the entire Travelport team at such a monumental time in the company’s transformation journey and look forward to accelerating innovation and delivering products that bring significant and meaningful value to its customers.”
Kershaw is a graduate of New York University and London School of Economics, where he earned both a Diploma in Science and a Master of Arts degree in global and Latin American economics.