GoDaddy, the Internet domain registry and website hosting giant, has named Aman Bhutani as its global CEO.
A Delhi University alumnus, Bhutani, will be taking over from present CEO Scott Wagner, who has cited health reasons for his decision to step down.
Bhutani, who will take charge from September 4, 2019, worked with Expedia group for nine years and was previously president of Brand Expedia Group, which encompasses the flagship Expedia brand, Travelocity and Orbitz.
Bhutani, who also holds a master’s in business administration from Lancaster University in the UK, was extensively involved in overseeing the online travel business at Expedia, but left the company amidst organizational changes. Under his watch, Brand Expedia division saw a 19 percent annual growth during the last 5 years, the highest for any division of the travel booking giant.
In his prior role as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Brand Expedia, Bhutani led the vision and development of a single global technology platform designed to support multiple brands and partners, serving 90 million monthly unique visitors and driving more than $50 billion in annual gross bookings value.
"Aman is a proven, extraordinary leader with a strong track record at Expedia for delivering operational excellence in a complex, global business. His extensive knowledge and experience in product and engineering teams, and his belief in culture and leadership as differentiators will serve GoDaddy well," Chuck Robel, Chair of the GoDaddy Board of Directors, said in a media statement.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this incredible company," said Bhutani. "GoDaddy's extraordinary focus on constantly innovating and improving for its entrepreneurs has built a devoted and rapidly growing customer base. I look forward to working closely with everyone at the company to seize the vast opportunities that lie ahead."
Bhutani is known for establishing a data-driven, “test and learn” culture in the company’s global tech team at Expedia. Bhutani also played a key role in the company’s integrations of acquired companies such as Orbitz, Wotif and Travelocity.
Bhutani is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council for the city of Seattle and serves on the board of directors for The New York Times Company.
Arizona-based GoDaddy has over 19 million customers globally and provides tools to build online presence for businesses. It has about 62 million registered domains, making it the world's largest web host by market share.