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Gillian Tans        

Chairwoman & Former CEO of

Gillian Tans is a Dutch businesswoman who was’s Chief Executive Officer, appointed in April 2016 and stepped down in June 2019. She was responsible for the global strategy and operations of, including the management of all business units within the organization. Since stepping down as CEO, Tans has served as’s Chairwoman, and advises the company’s leadership on the long-term vision and operations for the business as well as key growth initiatives.

Previously, Tans served as’s President and Chief Operating Officer, a role she had held since 2011, as well as other positions running of’s Global Sales, Operations, IT, Content and Customer Care departments. During her tenure, advanced its operations and sales across more than 224 countries and territories.

Before joining, Tans spent four years with the international Golden Tulip Worldwide hotel group, where she served as Product Manager, Marketing Manager and Director of Sales. She also worked for the Intercontinental Hotel Group and with several independent hotels. Tans began her career at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Hotel Management School in Middelburg, Netherlands. She speaks English, Dutch, German and French.

Tans was ranked by the organization Inspiring Fifty on their 50 Most Inspirational Women in Dutch Technology list.

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