Priceline Hires Microsoft Exec Darren Huston as CEO for Booking.com

Microsoft executive Darren Huston is leaving his role as corporate VP of the company’s consumer and online organization for the position of CEO of Booking.com, a Priceline company that facilitates hotel reservations worldwide. Priceline announced previously that Booking.com’s CEO Kees Koolen will become chairman. At Microsoft, Huston was responsible for display and search advertising sales for Windows, Windows Phone, MSN, Windows Live, and Bing. Before Microsoft, Huston was an SVP at Starbucks and in charge of acquisitions and new product development.


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