Booking Holdings (BKNG): Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk Nominated For Board

By Amit Chowdhry ● April 25, 2020
  • The Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) Board of Directors has announced that it has nominated Naspers chief executive officer Bob van Dijk for election to the Board

The Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) Board of Directors has announced that it has nominated Naspers chief executive officer Bob van Dijk for election to the Board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders in June 2020.

In April 2014, van Dijk became Group CEO of Naspers, assuming the additional role of CEO of Prosus at its listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in September 2019.

And he has more than two decades of experience managing online growth companies. Before becoming Group CEO of Naspers, he joined the Naspers group as CEO of the Allegro Group in August 2013 and was promoted to CEO of Global Transaction eCommerce in October 2013.

Prior to those roles, van Dijk also served in several general management positions with eBay and Schibsted. His career started at McKinsey with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and media.

The Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) Board also made the following changes to the leadership — which will become effective at the time of the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders in June 2020:

1.) Robert (Bob) J. Mylod Jr. — current Director and member of our Compensation Committee — will become Chairman of the Board. And Current Chairman of the Board, Jeffery H. Boyd will remain a Director of the Board.

2.) Charles (Chuck) H. Noski — current Director and Chair of our Audit Committee — will become Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

3.) Vanessa A. Wittman — current Director and member of our Audit Committee — will become Chair of the Audit Committee

Plus the company also announced that Director Nancy Peretsman and Lead Independent Director James (Jim) M. Guyette have decided to retire from the Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG) Board, effective at the Company’s Annual Meeting in June.

Booking Holdings is known for owning and operating a number of travel fare aggregators. The brands include Booking.com, Priceline.com, Agoda.com, Kayak.com, Cheapflights, Rentalcars.com, Momondo, and OpenTable.

Key Quotes:

“Bob’s extensive experience with high growth global internet companies will offer tremendous value and counsel to our Board and Holdings’ leadership team. We are thrilled to welcome Bob to the team.”

“We also thank Nancy and Jim for their tireless commitment to Booking Holdings over the last approximately twenty years. They have both served our shareholders well, and we are grateful for their immense contributions to Booking Holdings’ success over the years. We wish them both the best in their future endeavors.”

-Jeffery H. Boyd, Chairman of Booking Holdings

“We congratulate Bob, Chuck and Vanessa on their new roles within our Board. Their value to our business to date has been indispensable, and we thank them for their continued dedication. Bob Mylod will be assuming my role as Chairman of the Board. Having worked with Bob for more than 20 years since his earliest days at our company, I can think of no one more suited to take on this role.” Boyd added, “Chuck Noski has been an invaluable member of our Board for the last five years, and we are honored to have him step into his new Lead Independent Director role.”

-Current Chairman of the Board Jeffery H. Boyd

“I want to thank Jeff for all of his contributions to our business over the last two decades. Jeff’s leadership has guided this company through its evolution from a small start-up in the U.S. to the global, multi-brand business it is today. His knowledge, instinct and commitment have had an astounding impact on our business, our employees and our leaders. I look forward to continuing to work with Jeff as a trusted member of our Board, as well as with Bob Mylod in his new role as Chairman of our Board.”

-Booking Holdings Chief Executive Officer Glenn Fogel