HomeAway Appoints Kevin Krone, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of
Southwest Airlines, to Its Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas -- May 9, 2013
HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the world’s leading online marketplace for
vacation rentals, welcomes Kevin Krone, vice president and chief marketing
officer of Southwest Airlines, to its board of directors.
“Kevin has extraordinary marketing expertise, and he will be a great addition
to our board,” says Brian Sharples, HomeAway® CEO and chairman of the board.
“He brings a wealth of experience from Southwest, a company laser-focused on
delivering outstanding customer service, and a successful track record with a
focus on value in the travel industry, which is perfectly inline with
HomeAway’s target demographic.”
Krone has 21 years of experience at Southwest Airlines, America's largest
airline in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. As CMO, he is
responsible for all aspects of Southwest’s marketing strategy and execution,
including the oversight of the company’s brand development, advertising,
promotions and online strategy and execution.
Prior to his promotion to chief marketing officer, Krone led marketing, sales
and distribution. In this role, he enhanced the product and customer
experience significantly. Krone also oversaw the launch of a revamped loyalty
program that resulted in greater loyalty and significant growth in revenue.
Krone replaces Phil Siegel of Austin Ventures who has decided to step down
after eight years on HomeAway’s board of directors.
“We are fortunate and grateful for Phil’s significant contributions to the
board and the business, and we couldn't be happier for him as he embarks on
new adventures,” says Sharples.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd,
co-founders of HomeAway, and being a part of a pioneering company. I am also
honored to have Kevin, an outstanding travel industry expert, take my place on
the board and bring his unique viewpoints and experiences to the Company,”
About HomeAway, Inc.
HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY), based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading
online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing over 740,000
paid listings of vacation rental homes in 171 countries. HomeAway® offers an
extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable
experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the
cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for
vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and
manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio of websites includes
HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States;
HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in
Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es, Toprural.com in
Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive
global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with
another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more
information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
Victor Wang, 512-505-1504
Public Relations Manager
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