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HotelTonight Hires Beats Music and King.com Marketing Pro as CMO


November 6, 2014 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Core News Facts:

  • HotelTonight, the leading mobile-only hotel booking app, today announced that Mark Phillips, former CMO of Beats Music, has joined the company as its Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Phillips joins the HotelTonight team with nearly 20 years experience building and developing global consumer and technology brands. Most recently, Phillips led marketing for Beats Music, the subscription-based music streaming service that was recently acquired by Apple. He built up their marketing team and successfully launched the service in January of 2014 with a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres, a Super Bowl spot and brand and performance campaigns featuring Trent Reznor. Prior to Beats, Phillips was VP of Brand Marketing at King.com, where he helped guide Candy Crush's meteoric rise and build King's brand before the company went public in April 2014. Phillips also brings an international background in advertising and marketing to HotelTonight, including leading Adidas' marketing campaign for the London 2012 Olympics and their highly-awarded global 'Impossible is Nothing' campaign.
  • HotelTonight also shared today that it has appointed Amy Bohutinsky, Chief Marketing Officer at Zillow, to its Board of Directors. Bohutinsky joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005, and built the brand and marketing team from the ground up. Today, Zillow is the largest online and mobile real estate brand, with nearly 90 million unique users per month. Before Zillow, Bohutinsky ran communications at Hotwire, and began her career as a broadcast journalist for various ABC and NBC affiliates.
  • These announcements come hot on the heels of HotelTonight's recent international expansion news. Just a few weeks ago, HotelTonight shared that it will increase the size of its international team and open four new offices in Berlin, Paris, Sydney and Toronto by the end of the year to further accelerate growth overseas.
  • To oversee international operations, HotelTonight has hired international expansion expert Oliver Jung. Jung was most recently responsible for launching and leading the global expansions of Houzz and Airbnb. With this increased international focus, HotelTonight is quickly fulfilling its promise to be ubiquitous, allowing people everywhere to easily get the best deals at hand-picked hotels on their mobile devices.
  • HotelTonight recently announced its expansion to enable customers to book hotel rooms up to seven days in advance. The recent update gives HotelTonight customers the ultimate freedom in last-minute travel, and has continued to position HotelTonight as a true innovator in travel.
  • Since HotelTonight's launch in January 2011, the company has raised more than $80 million in funding and established itself as the leader in mobile travel. The app has more than 11 million downloads, 15,000+ hotel partners in 28 countries and is present in more than 500 destinations worldwide.
  • HotelTonight is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Download the app here.

Quotes:
Sam Shank, CEO and Co-Founder, HotelTonight:
"We're thrilled about these additions to the HT team and board. Attracting this caliber of executives and advisors really speaks to the unique position HT has established in the market, and our long-term opportunity as a worldwide leader in mobile hotel booking."

Mark Phillips, Chief Marketing Officer, HotelTonight:
"HotelTonight has already had a huge impact in changing the way people travel, through their great understanding of what a true mobile service needs to deliver. Taking their marketing to the next level on the back of their great curation, personalization and brand is a huge opportunity and challenge about which I'm massively excited."

About HotelTonight:
Founded in 2010, HotelTonight is a mobile app for booking hand-selected hotels at great prices, from tonight to up to 7 days in advance. HotelTonight helps consumers plan less and live more, by offering incredible convenience and amazing value at hotels vetted by the HT team. For hotels, HotelTonight is a strategic partner for filling rooms that would otherwise remain empty. HotelTonight is currently available in more than 500 destinations across the globe. Based in San Francisco, California, HotelTonight is backed by top venture firms including Coatue Management, GGV Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures and First Round Capital and leading travel-industry pioneers. Visit www.hoteltonight.com for more information and to download the free app.

HotelTonight Press Contact:
Lisa Gonzales
415-757-5007
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