Ait studied engineering in Belgium and the UK, and an MBA in the US. He lived in 10 countries across the world, starting his career as an engineer, in the microchip industry in South Korea. He then moved to consulting, helping internet and telecom companies to innovate and accelerate, across the world for 13 years. Before joining Expedia, Ait joined a Berlin based start-up incubator (Rocket Internet), where he build up the travel business for Groupon, across the EMEA region, with what was known to be the most talented travel team ever seen in the region. He joined Expedia in 2014, as Vice President for Market Management in EMEA, and became the Global Account Management Senior Vice President in 2018.In this role he travels the world every week, working with independent hoteliers and other supply partners, to make them successful on the Expedia Group platform and stay ahead of digital innovation.
With the combined experience in engineering, process optimization, and sales, Ait also takes on the ambition to make his team one of the highest performing travel teams the world has ever experienced by fostering a culture where individuals can be their best self. His work philosophy is that it should feel like a challenging team sport and he encourages individuals to follow the formulae of setting your goal, raising the bar and challenge the status quo to re-define the rules in travel. Ait has a habit of starting every day with a little adventure, in the form of a 5k outdoor run where-ever he is in the world. Ait lives in Switzerland with his wife and 2 kids, with whom he shares a passion for adventures, and water and mountaineering sports.
Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum