Viator, Inc., the parent company of Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, today announced the appointment of Scott Halstead, 46, to the position of chief financial officer. Mr. Halstead, who will be based in the company's San Francisco headquarters, brings more than 20 years of experience in building high growth companies to the Viator team.
During his career, Mr. Halstead has put his expertise in finance and business operations to work in the health and employee benefits, payments and information services sectors, most recently at venture capital-backed entities. Prior to joining Viator, Mr. Halstead served as CEO of Zane Benefits in Park City, Utah. He was previously with WageWorks, Inc. based in San Mateo, California from 2003 to 2006, where he served first as CFO, and later as CEO. Under his leadership, WageWorks undertook four strategic acquisitions and was ranked twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 30 fastest growing private companies. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Halstead was with eBenX, Inc. in Minneapolis, where he served initially as CFO, leading the company through its IPO, and subsequently as COO. Mr. Halstead held positions earlier in his career with Dun & Bradstreet and CompuServe Inc.
"Scott brings leadership and expertise in the corporate arena to the Viator team, as well as significant experience in the private equity space, working with venture capital-backed businesses - like Viator - focused on organic and strategic growth strategies," said Barrie Seidenberg, CEO and president of Viator. "We are thrilled to have Scott on board."
"While many companies in the travel sector have stumbled as a result of the recent economic turmoil, Viator has continued to grow and increase its online presence, particularly in the promising European travel markets," said Mr. Halstead. "Viator has a dedicated and energized team that has positioned the company well for success and I am excited to be on board."
Mr. Halstead received a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1985. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler
- offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like nearly 100,000 traveler reviews and photos, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.