Skyscanner’s head officer Mark Logan and head commercial officer Frank Skivington left the organization after it was obtained last November. The travel search and comparison website was purchased by Ctrip, China’s largest online travel supplier in November. Logan and Skivington have not disclosed their plans for the future, independently saying the time had come to “take a break”.
Logan surrendered his position in December and declared his exit on LinkedIn, referring to his “extreme” years in the build up to the purchase.
“Being part of the team that grew Skyscanner from 100 to over 800 people and a valuation of £1.45bn has been a truly wonderful experience. Now, after five intense and exciting years and the successful acquisition of Skyscanner by CTRIP, I’ve decided to take a break and am leaving Skyscanner. Working with such special people has been an extraordinary privilege.”
As indicated by Companies House filings, he resigned on December 9th as a director. Skivington utilized comparative language in his own, different LinkedIn update. He has been head business officer since 2008. A representative said the two administrators’ resignations were not linked and that there had been no further departures. She stated:
“They both felt, at different times in 2016, that the time was right to take a break and explore new challenges. Both Frank and Mark have been at Skyscanner for a significant amount of time. It’s natural in a high-growth business that we see occasional departures and both leave with a huge amount of respect and appreciation for their leadership over the years.”
She said Skivington had been wanting to leave early last year, however remained on to help with the purchase. Business executive Stuart Middleton has accepted his obligations. Logan’s obligations have been split among local development groups. Skyscanner’s headquarters continues to exist in the UK after its attainment, with CEO Gareth Williams asserting the firm remained “operationally independent.”