Ariane Gorin to succeed Peter Kern as Expedia CEO

Expedia Group has appointed Ariane Gorin as the company’s CEO, effective May 13. She will succeed Peter Kern, who has served in the role since 2020.

After completing his contract as CEO, Kern will continue to serve as the company’s vice chairman and member of the board of directors, working closely with Gorin to ensure a smooth transition. Gorin has also been elected to serve on the company’s board.

Gorin has held various executive roles at Expedia Group since 2013, most recently as president of Expedia for Business, where she delivered outstanding financial results including B2B revenue growth of 33% in 2023 vs. 2022, according to the company. In that role, she led the company’s global supply partner group, advertising business and B2B partner network.

“Ariane Gorin is a superb executive that all of us at Expedia Group and our board have worked with for 10 years,” said Barry Diller, chairman/senior executive, Expedia Group. “We very much wanted an internal candidate to succeed to the CEO position, and following a comprehensive search, the board determined Ariane was the best candidate given her exemplary leadership.”

Gorin said, “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead Expedia Group as we build on the foundations established by Peter, our leadership team and our global workforce. Leading our multibillion-dollar B2B business has been an incredible experience, and I look forward to even greater growth ahead for the entire company. It’s an exciting time in the company’s history, and I’m energized by the opportunities ahead for our employees, travelers and partners.”

Kern said, “I am proud of and grateful to the team we have built at Expedia Group and the tenacity and resilience they demonstrated as we worked through an incredibly ambitious and challenging transformation. We have quite literally reset the company for the future, and we are in a position to lead our industry for decades to come. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ariane for these last four years. She is a proven leader, answering any challenge thrown at her, including most recently as head of our tremendously successful B2B business. As vice chairman, I look forward to working closely with Ariane and our leadership team as they continue the momentum we have built and realize all the opportunities that our transformation has created.”

Diller added, “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Peter for his excellent service as CEO since 2020. He not only guided the company through the supremely challenging pandemic years but also drove Expedia Group’s organizational and technological transformation.”