Hostelworld has appointed TJ Kelly as chief financial officer and a director of the group.

Kelly will join the Dublin-based hostel-focused online booking platform on November 21st.

He is currently serving as CFO of the performance nutrition division at Chicago-based global nutrition company Glanbia.

He has also held senior finance roles at Microsoft, GE Capital and eir after beginning his career at PwC.

"We are delighted that someone of TJ's calibre is joining us,” said Hostelworld CEO Gary Morrison.

“TJ brings with him a wealth of financial experience in international consumer-focused businesses and has a proven track record in financial leadership which will help us drive the business forward and deliver on our ambitious goals."

Commenting on his appointment, Kelly said: "I am delighted to be joining Hostelworld at such an exciting time.

“It is an incredibly interesting business that has been the forefront of the online travel industry for almost 20 years and I look forward to working with Gary and the talented senior management team and contributing to the Group's future successes."