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2007 Press Releases

Viator Names Two Seasoned Executives to Management Team

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Phillipa Harrison, Global Head of Product and Jeff Lewis, Vice President of Engineering Join Viator

SYDNEY AND SAN FRANCISCO (June 20, 2007) - Viator Inc., the leading online resource for researching and booking activities in 75 countries worldwide, today announced the addition of two new executives to its management team - Phillipa Harrison as Global Head of Product and Jeff Lewis as Vice President of Engineering. Both Harrison and Lewis will be based in Sydney, Australia, working in close coordination with the teams in Viator's San Francisco headquarters and its regional offices in Las Vegas and London.

These are newly elevated and expanded global roles for Viator that reflect the company's continued growth, supported by more than $10 million investment during the last 15 months. As with other management, Harrison and Lewis' oversight will include the company's direct-to-consumer retail site (, Viator affiliate relationships which include travel partners like British Airways, Fairmont Hotels and that sell Viator products through their own websites, and LookTours, a leading provider of discounted Las Vegas destination activities the company acquired last June.

"Phillipa and Jeff are highly respected leaders who bring extensive experience that we expect will continue elevating Viator's position in the global online destination activities market," said Rod Cuthbert, CEO and founder of Viator, Inc. "Phillipa's expertise and insight into key travel markets and Jeff's focus on cutting-edge online business solutions and strategies firmly complement and energize Viator's in-house expertise."

Phillipa Harrison  Viator Global Head of Product
Phillipa Harrison has joined Viator as the company's global head of Product based in the Sydney office, bringing more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry. In this role, Harrison oversees global product management and tour operator relationships as well as aspects of Viator's business development activities and sales and marketing. Prior to joining Viator, Harrison was with Base Backpackers Group for nearly four years, most recently as general manager of the company's Backpackers World Travel unit, which specializes in backpacker and student adventure travel around Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. In this role, Harrison was responsible for managing a retail chain of 30 outlets and a staff of 120, and secured significant funding for joint marketing initiatives from key suppliers. From 1996 to 2003, Harrison was with STA Travel, where she most recently headed up the global wholesale arm of the business based in London. She held earlier sales and marketing positions with Trailfinders UK, and Contiki Holidays, UK. Harrison received a bachelor's in Mass Communication and Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Jeff Lewis  Vice President of Engineering
A native of Canada, Jeff Lewis brings more than 14 years of engineering management and entrepreneurial experience to Viator. As vice president of Engineering, Lewis is responsible for the development and management of the e-commerce and data management systems that are the cornerstone of Viator's operations. Most recently, Lewis was head of software solutions for The Frame Group Pty Limited, an end-to-end technology services provider of design and integration solutions and application development based in Sydney. Previously, he was chief technology officer for Hothouse Interactive, a strategic online business solutions company. In 2000, Lewis founded and served as CEO of Chiizu Pty Ltd, a software technology and services provider for photofinishers, professional photographers and consumers, until he sold the intellectual property license to Fujifilm Australia in 2003. This was the second company Lewis sold within a four-year timeframe. In 1995, Lewis founded ZIVO Pty Ltd, a leading web solution firm, just two years after completing his undergraduate studies. Lewis sold ZIVO to LibertyOne Pty Ltd. in 1999. Lewis received his bachelor's in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is an MBA candidate at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW.

About Viator
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, as well as customer reviews, star ratings and the Viator Travel Blog. 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 and through its growing global network of more than 4,000 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.

Kate Sullivan

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