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Skyscanner appoints first ever global design director

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By Natalie Mortimer, N/A

March 15, 2016 | 2 min read

Skyscanner, the travel search site, has appointed Skype's Steve ‘Buzz’ Pearce to the newly-created role of global design director.

Formerly the principal design director at Skype, Pearce is tasked with ensuring coherence in design across Skyscanner’s experiences while also developing new, bar-raising initiatives across a team of 27 designers.

Gareth Williams, Skyscanner chief executive and co-founder, said of the appointment: “We’re a data driven technology company at our heart, and Steve combines scientific and artistic nous with an exceptional track record in crafting products that are embedded in our daily lives. As Skyscanner continues to grow and develop at pace, Steve will steer the product design and direction of our brand, ensuring a coherent experience for users.”

Pearce, who is based in the tech company’s London office, will recruit further design talent to the existing team in 2016.

Skyscanner welcomed five new investment partners to support further global growth in January this year, and reported its seventh year of double digit growth in February, seeing revenues increase to £120m.

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