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Travelodge appoints new CTO

James Hellewell, CTO at Travelodge
Company Old: 
Jack Wills
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Hotel group Travelodge has appointed James Hellewell as its new chief technology officer.

Hellewell will be responsible for the advancement of Travelodge’s technology and will report to Peter Gowers, CEO of Travelodge Group and a member of the group operating board.

He was previously the chief information officer and transformation director of fashion retailer Jack Wills, where he led a multi-year transformation of digital and in-store technology platforms. Prior to this, Hellewell held senior technology and programme management roles at Selfridges, the Home Retail Group, Carphone Warehouse and BUPA Australia.

Hellewell said: “I am very excited to be joining such an iconic hotel brand. With more than a million visits a week to, a booking almost every three seconds and more than 12 million check-ins a year, there is real potential to use innovative technology to drive further growth across the business. I can’t wait to get started with my own team.”

CEO Gowers commented: “We are delighted to welcome James as our new chief technology officer. He brings extensive experience in driving digital and multi-site technology improvements in fast-paced customer environments. His background in retail will be invaluable as we continue our ongoing drive to strengthen our customer service and productivity.”