Travel, media & entertainment start-up Culture Trip has appointed former Booking.com HR Director, Karen Kesner, as its Chief People Officer and named six other key hires.

A leading light in People Leadership, Karen Kesner launched her HR career at a pivotal time in technology in the Pacific Northwest and Silicon Valley, helping to ready one of the earliest tech start-up IPOs at RealNetworks in 1997, and the sixth-largest IPO at Visa in 2008.

Kesner has also completed stints leading pioneering projects in technology innovation at Microsoft, Washington Mutual (Chase), Apple and Audible.

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In addition to Kesner’s appointment, Culture Trip has also secured a further six leading industry figures for its expanding People team, working across the business’

London, New York and Tel Aviv offices, including:

  • Faye Towers, former Head of People at Graze.com, joins the business as VP People
  • Gemma Jones, a former Head of People for Deliveroo, joins as People Director
  • Erika “Riki” Harris, former Google staffer joins as People Director, New York
  • Dipo Osho as Recruitment Director, following his previous role as Head of Talent for technology at ASOS
  • Sharon Artsi brings over eight years of experience in start up environments and joins Culture Trip as HR Director.
  • Sarah Nepomuceno joins Culture Trip from the England & Wales Cricket Board where she was a People Development Project Manager.
    She joins the business as People Coordinator
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“Culture Trip has grown exponentially since I founded the business and people are at the core of both who we are and what we do”, Dr Kris Naudts, Founder and CEO, Culture Trip, said.

“It is a hugely significant milestone for us to attract the level of talent embodied inKaren Kesner and this new People Team.

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“I’m delighted with the appointments and I look forward to working with each of the People team to champion an ongoing culture of innovation and to attract, develop, and retain world-class talent.”