Ralf Ahamer takes up position on Management Board at hotel.de AG
Nuremberg, 2 May 2011 – Ralf Ahamer, most recently Chief Marketing Officer at XING AG, has today taken up his position as a Management Board member at hotel.de AG with responsibility for marketing and product management. By taking this step, hotel.de AG has underlined its consistent focus on marketing and its products both nationally and internationally. This is also the aim of the reallocation of Management Board responsibilities due to take effect upon Ralf Ahamer joining the company from May 1, 2011. Responsibility for those areas now headed by Ralf Ahamer previously lay with company CEO Dr. Heinz Raufer (marketing) and CIO Torsten Sturm (product management).
In future, the IT/TC division will no longer be managed as a Management Board department, but will rather report directly to CEO Dr. Heinz Raufer. As previously, the company will therefore be managed by a Management Board of three individuals – CEO Dr. Heinz Raufer, CMO Ralf Ahamer and CSO Reinhard Wick. Upon this reallocation of responsibilities, cofounder Torsten Sturm will step down from his Management Board position retrospectively as of May 1, 2011, but will continue to manage the IT department in close liaison with the Management Board team in his capacity as Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Dr. Stefan Morschheuser, Supervisory Board Chairman of hotel.de AG: "Now that Ralf Ahamer has joined the company and we have restructured our management board departments, we will see significantly greater speed and creativity in terms of our marketing and product management. Under the proven management of Torsten Sturm, our IT team will be able to focus even more closely on implementing the large number tasks ahead."
Dr. Heinz Raufer, CEO of hotel.de AG: "The increasing pace of our international growth means that the requirements placed in our IT have risen considerably. With Torsten Sturm, we can rely on an experienced manager who will be 100% focused on this task."
About hotel.de AG
hotel.de AG operates a global hotel reservation service for companies and private customers at its www.hotel.de and www.hotel.info addresses. Available in 37 languages, these websites enable customers to book accommodation at more than 210,000 hotels in all categories easily, quickly and at optimal prices. More than 4 million private and business customers from all around the world now place their trust in this service to book hotels. When selecting their hotel they can refer to more than 1.5 million personal hotel evaluations. Well-known companies such as BASF, SAP AG, Texas Instruments , Ernst & Young AG and many more use hotel.de’s corporate application to book hotels for business travel.
Based in Nuremberg, hotel.de AG also has a branch in Hamm (Westphalia) and sales offices in the UK (London), France (Paris), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Rome), China (Shanghai) and Singapore. The company was founded in 2001 and was publicly listed in October 2006. In 2010, the company mediated reservation volumes in excess of Euro 390 million.
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