“Jerome is an online travel pioneer,” said Stephan Ekbergh, founder and CEO of Travelstart. “We are making travel simpler for business and leisure travellers in Africa and he brings an awesome mix of creativity and entrepreneurial flair to the mission.”

Previously Touze co-founded travel social networking site WAYN.com (now part of the lastminute.com group), where he built the world’s largest travel and lifestyle-focused social networking community with over 25 million users. Prior to founding WAYN.com, he was a senior consultant at Accenture in London where he worked in the Communications and High-Tech division for clients such as Microsoft and BT.

On his appointment, Jerome said, "Travelstart is reshaping the travel landscape in Africa, and Stephan and his team are making history. I'm thrilled to be part of it."

Born in France, Jerome is a graduate of the Kedge Business School and the University of Westminster.