Autoquake.com (www.autoquake.com), the UK’s largest online used car retailer, today announced that former president of Expedia Europe Dermot Halpin has joined Autoquake.com as its CEO. Whilst at Expedia, Dermot had overall responsibility for Expedia Europe, which included the Expedia, Hotels.com and Expedia Private Label businesses. Expedia Europe grew to around £2.5 billion of sales in 2008.
“Dermot is a world-class e-commerce expert and brings deep online experience in one of the most dynamic and competitive online markets. The company is now ready to take the next big step in its growth and we are delighted to welcome Dermot in his new role as CEO of Autoquake.com” says Fergal Mullen, General Partner of Highland Capital Partners, an investor in Autoquake.com.
“At Expedia we were the internet pioneers who made travel products available to consumers in an easy and transparent way. We built one of the biggest travel companies in the world by helping consumers find the right flights and hotels at lower prices, and by helping the hotels and airlines to improve their margins by providing a new and efficient method of distribution. There are clear parallels with Autoquake.com which uses the internet to help people to purchase cars in a more transparent way, and at the same time helps fleets to make their inventory available directly to consumers to achieve higher returns” says Dermot Halpin
Dermot spent over 7 years at Expedia, starting in 2001 as Operations Director for the UK business and then holding the role of President for Expedia Europe for the last 3 years. Prior to that Dermot held several senior positions within Tele2, a Swedish telecoms operator. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and studied Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Autoquake.com is on track to increase the number of cars it has sold by 60% in 2009 with revenue increasing by 180% in 2009. The company has contracts with 10 of the UK’s top 20 leasing companies to remarket their cars.
Autoquake.com’s previous CEO Garry Hobson is leaving the company.