HomeAway Appoints Bill Furlong to Lead HomeAway Software Business
AUSTIN, Texas, January 10, 2012 — HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, today announces the promotion of Bill Furlong to the position of vice president of HomeAway Software for Professionals™. In this position, Furlong will oversee the vacation home rental industry’s leading enterprise software. He maintains his existing responsibilities as general manager in addition to his promotion, and will move from Seattle to HomeAway’s world headquarters in Austin, Texas for his new role.
Prior to HomeAway®, Furlong was the CEO of vacation rental software provider, Escapia®, which HomeAway acquired in October 2010. Furlong has worked in both the travel industry and the vacation rental software industry for nearly 10 years and developed Escapia into one of the industry’s most used software as a service (SaaS) solutions. Before Escapia, Furlong served as chief operating officer of Mpire, Inc. as well as vice president of sales and marketing for Cranium, Inc.
“Bill’s leadership as CEO of Escapia heavily impacted the success of the company, and ultimately, our decision to acquire the company last year,” says Brent Bellm, chief operating officer of HomeAway. “We’re fortunate he remained with HomeAway through the acquisition and that he will apply his expertise to the HomeAway Software for Professionals business.”
Furlong holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dartmouth and a MBA from Harvard University.
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