Expedia Poaches CFO From Home-Retailer Williams-Sonoma

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After a decade as Williams-Sonoma’s head of finance, Julie Whelan will join the online travel company later this month

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Mr. Hart will remain with Expedia until October 1 and is exploring new opportunities, the company said. That Trivago NV. also plans to continue as chairman of the supervisory board of directors of,

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Which is majority owned by Expedia Group, the company said.

Ms. Whelan most recently served as CFO at Williams-Sonoma, a San Francisco-based home-products retailer Inc.,

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A role she has played since 2012.

“She comes with a background and commitment to understanding customers and driving long-term value,” Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Expedia Group, said in a release, referring to Ms. Whelan. The company said it recently resigned as chairman of Expedia’s audit committee, which it had served on since June 2020.

Expedia declined to comment beyond its statement.

Also on Wednesday, Williams-Sonoma named Jeff Howie, the company’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, as Ms. Whelan’s successor. Mr. Howie has been with Williams-Sonoma for the past 20 years, during which time he held executive leadership roles for company brands including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Last month, Expedia reported revenue of $3.18 billion for the second quarter, up 50.7% from the prior-year period, driven by higher demand for travel. Its net loss, however, rose to $185 million from $172 million in the prior-year period due to a loss on equity investments.

Ms. Whelan will likely focus on reducing costs associated with acquiring and retaining clients, said Dan Vasiolek, a senior equity analyst at financial-services firm Morningstar. Inc.

His e-commerce retail experience at Williams-Sonoma could help him grow Expedia’s direct-to-consumer operation, in part through a greater reliance on data analytics, he said.

“Their expertise can play into the type of business advantages new and existing members using Expedia have,” said Mr. Vasiolek.

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