12th June, 2007, London (UK): Cheapflights Ltd., the leading UK and North American internet travel media company which pioneered online flight price comparison, is pleased to announce that Francesca Ecsery will join the Company as General Manager, United Kingdom with effect from 1st August, 2007.
Based in London, Francesca will report directly to Chris Cuddy, Cheapflights’ Group Managing Director. Francesca comes to Cheapflights with in-depth knowledge and experience of the travel industry gained over fourteen years. She was most recently Managing Director, International Division, of STA Travel, the student and under-26 travel company whose business extends over 76 countries, 32 of which were secured under her leadership.
She also built STA’s presence in the Chinese market place into a contributor to group profits and, in addition, led STA’s travel ventures in Africa.
Prior to STA, she was Group Managing Director of IfYouTravel.com and previously held senior management and marketing roles at AirTours (MyTravel), Going Places and also Thomas Cook. Francesca has also worked at McKinsey & Co followed by Pepsico where she held positions in marketing and promotions.
A graduate of Geneva University in Political Science and International Relations, Francesca is also a Graduate of the Harvard Business School. She is an accomplished linguist, speaking English, French, Portuguese, Hungarian, Spanish and Italian.