Tuesday, December 12, 2006
San Francisco, CA., December 12, 2006 - Vicki Potts has been named chief financial officer of Viator.com, it was announced today by Rod Cuthbert, founder and chief executive officer of Viator.com. Ms. Potts' new appointment is effective immediately, and she will be located in the company's Sydney, Australia regional headquarters.
Ms. Potts joins Viator with more than 20 years of experience in finance, primarily within the technology industry. Immediately before joining Viator, Ms. Potts was with Unwired Group Ltd, a Sydney-based wireless broadband provider, where she served as the company's chief financial officer since 2002. During that time, Ms. Potts was integral in securing AU$105 million in private and public equity funding for the commercial launch of the company's services in 2003, and negotiating an AU$37 million convertible note with Intel Capital in 2005.
From 2000 to 2001, Ms. Potts served as CFO of Netcomm Ltd., the leading Australian provider of broadband hardware solutions, where she was responsible for negotiating vendor financing, license acquisition and interconnectivity agreements. As CFO for Saturn Communications Ltd. (now Telstra Clear) in New Zealand from 1998 through 2000, she was responsible for negotiating more than NZ$1.025 billion in debt financing which funded the telecommunication company's start-up and national roll-out phases. Ms. Potts also held senior finance management roles in the UK between 1987 and 1997 in companies including Polygram Music, London Underground and RTR Healthcare NHS Trust, and prior to that with Abbott Laboratories NZ Ltd.
"Vicki brings a significant depth of financial expertise to Viator, as well as an acute knowledge of the fast-paced and growing technology field which certainly encompasses the online travel sector," said Cuthbert. "As a leader in the advance purchase destination activities market, backed by significant private equity funding, Vicki will be a strong complement to our management team, and provide us with key guidance in all financial aspects of our operations, including future funding and contract negotiations as well as organic and strategic growth initiatives."
A passion for travel is another attribute Ms. Potts brings to her new position with Viator. Originally from New Zealand, she also spent more than 15 years living and working in London and Sydney. A true "traveler," Ms. Potts has experienced some of the most exotic locales around the world in fascinating ways - white water rafting down the Sun Kosi in Nepal; trekking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; traveling through Iran to Kathmandu on an overland truck; kayaking through the islands of Fiji; and swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef in Australia.
A Chartered Accountant, Ms. Potts received her Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 1983.
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences – the things you do when you get there, providing access to more than 5,000 sightseeing tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in more than 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler - offers online consumers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences, including sightseeing tours, theater tickets, soft adventure trips, attraction passes, wine and culinary excursions, and many "well kept secrets" off the beaten path. Viator's in-house travel experts help take the guess work out of planning by hand-picking respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service. Viator, founded in 1995, sells its products directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its growing global network of more than 3,500 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
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