Following the investment by ECI Partners ("ECI"), the UK mid-market private equity firm, in CarTrawler, the Dublin-based market leading provider of online car rental distribution systems, CarTrawler has made two new appointments to the senior executive team.
David Paterson, Chief Financial Officer CarTrawler, will be based out of the company's Dublin headquarters. A qualified Chartered Management Accountant since 1998, David previously worked as Director of Product and Director of Finance for the online sector in TUI Travel PLC where he oversaw transaction volumes of over €2 billion. Prior to this, David was the Director of Strategy & Investor Relations for TUI Travel PLC, and led the successful development of the strategic planning and investor relations framework for the group following the merger between First Choice Holidays PLC and TUI AG Tourism Division in 2007. David has also held senior finance positions in Virgin Rail Group, Deutsche Bank and British Airways.
Michael Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer CarTrawler, brings with him 25 years of experience in IT and travel related industries. He has assumed responsibility for CarTrawler operations in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia and CarTrawler's global customer service operation. Prior to joining CarTrawler, Michael headed up SITA's global sales operation for airline solutions. He previously served as Director of E-commerce strategy for SITA's 100 airline customers and helped several airlines worldwide implement effective online strategies. Michael began his career in IT in the healthcare industry and holds a Bachelor of Education from the National University of Ireland and a degree in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin.
CarTrawler CEO Mike McGearty welcomed the new additions to the CarTrawler Executive Team;"There is an increasing demand for our market leading car rental distribution platform in developed and emerging markets all over the world. By supplementing an already highly experienced executive team and by investing in key departments across the business, we can continue to deliver managed growth while maintaining the highest standards of service for our existing partners."