Chief Executive Officer and Director
Barney Harford serves as CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. He also serves as a director on the Orbitz Worldwide board of directors. His current term on the board expires at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Barney joined Orbitz Worldwide in January 2009.
As one of the world’s leading online travel companies, Orbitz Worldwide operates brands in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific that generate over US$11 billion in travel bookings each year. Orbitz Worldwide brands include Orbitz.com, CheapTickets, ebookers, HotelClub and Orbitz for Business. Orbitz Worldwide uses technology to unlock the joy of travel for consumers around the world, delivering personalized travel options within a streamlined, easy-to-use consumer experience.
Barney previously served in a variety of roles at Expedia, Inc. from 1999 to 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he served as President of Expedia Asia Pacific, leading the company’s entry into China, Japan and Australia. Prior to 2004, he served as Senior Vice President of Air, Car & Private Label and led Expedia's Corporate Development, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations functions. He joined Expedia as Product Planner in 1999 when Expedia was a division of Microsoft.
Prior to Expedia, Barney worked in the United Kingdom as a strategy consultant with The Kalchas Group.
Barney also serves as a board member of LiquidPlanner, an on-demand project management service that is transforming the way organizations manage complex projects. Barney served on the board of directors of eLong, which is controlled by Expedia, from 2004 to 2008, and on the board of directors of Orange Hotel Group, a high-design budget hotel chain based in China, from 2009 to 2012. He was an advisor to Kayak.com in 2008.
Barney holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from Clare College, Cambridge University.
Barney is originally from the United Kingdom and has spent time living in France and China. In his spare time, he loves escaping to the mountains and the ocean – skiing, climbing and surfing. His wife Beth is vice president of product at GrubHub, the online ordering service connecting diners with delivery and takeout restaurants; they live with their son in Chicago.