The hotel search engine Room 77 has announced the appointment of Drew Patterson as its new chief executive officer.
The appointment comes on the heels of a $30 million financing round the company recently announced.
“Room 77 has experienced tremendous growth in the last year, and Drew has the perfect background in travel and search to help take the company to the next level,” said Brad Gerstner, founder and Chairman of Room 77.
“The Room 77 team has built an incredible hotel search engine, which customers are raving about because it’s faster, easier to use and it’s helping them find better deals.
Drew’s history as a product pioneer and brand builder will continue that momentum and help deliver our message to a much broader audience.
We could not be more excited for him to be joining at this key moment in the company’s growth cycle.”
Patterson, a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School, is a seasoned travel executive.
He co-founded mobile hotel startup CheckMate.io after leaving Jetsetter.
CheckMate startup focused on enabling hotel guests to check-in from their mobile phones. The CheckMate technology promises to be a great complement to Room 77’s travel search model.
As part of the Patterson appointment, CheckMate is also being acquired by Room 77. The existing team will come along.
As more and more consumers go mobile, Room 77 is hedging its bets by taking a proactive approach.
To date Room 77 has raised $43.8 million from numerous companies, venture capitalists and high-profile angels, including Expedia and Bob Pittman, founder of MTV, among others.
Patterson will officially start at Room 77 April 22.
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