Edinburgh unicorn Skyscanner has appointed former eBay executive Kris Beyens as its new CFO.

Beyens is a former CFO at eBay International and COO/VP at eBay EMEA.

He also spent 13 years in finance roles at General Electric, spanning business like GE Industrial Systems and GE Healthcare.

“Travel is a passion of mine, and as a world-class provider of flights, hotels and car hire, Skyscanner is leading the industry’s transformation towards modern and sustainable travel,” said Beyens.

“With over 100m people using Skyscanner every month, the business put over 172m flight passengers in the air last year.

“In 2018 flight tickets purchased via Skyscanner totalled $23.7bn. It is clear that Skyscanner is in a strong position to pave the way for the future of the industry.”

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CEO Bryan Dove said of the appointment: “Kris brings to the team a deep marketplace understanding coupled with impressive international experience.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kris to Skyscanner: we have an ambitious and bold strategy as the sector leader, and Kris will play a key role in helping us to accelerate towards our goals.”

Beyens will be based in Skyscanner’s London office and will replace outbound CFO Colin McLellan.