Graduate, Hotel Management School, Middelburg, the Netherlands. Began career at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Pennsylvania. Worked for the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Golden Tulip Worldwide as Product Manager, Marketing Manager and Director of Sales. In 2002, joined Booking.com; has held positions at the helm of Global Sales, Operations, IT, Content and Customer Care departments; 2011, President and Chief Operating Officer; 2016, Chief Executive Officer; 2019 Chairwoman. Since 2002, the company has expanded to more than 17,000 employees in 200 offices all over the world. Gillian Tans is a passionate advocate for maintaining Booking.com’s entrepreneurial culture and for promoting opportunities for women leaders to grow and excel throughout the organization. As Chairwoman, advises on the long-term vision and operations and key growth initiatives. Speaks English, Dutch, German and French.