Sunweb Group welcomes Roel Wessels as Director Intelligence

Sunweb Group welcomes Roel Wessels as Director Intelligence

Rotterdam, 1 February 2021 – Travel organization Sunweb Group has appointed Roel Wessels (37) as Director Intelligence as of February 1, 2021. In this newly created position, Wessels will contribute to the transformation of Sunweb Group into a data-driven organization where the customer will be even more central than before. Previously, Wessels was Director of Data & Insights at OYO Vacation Homes, where he worked amongst others for the international vacation home rental platform Belvilla. Before joining Belvilla in 2016, Wessels was a Data & Analytics Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Amsterdam.

Under Wessels' leadership, Sunweb Group's ambition to digitally transform continues: "In the new strategy of Sunweb Group, Intelligence is a key strategic pillar and I am therefore very pleased that Roel Wessels, will join us as Director Intelligence. I am convinced that, under his leadership and with his experience, Sunweb Group will take the next steps in the field of Intelligence, so that we can realize our ambition to become the leading digital holiday expert”, says Brenda van Leeuwen, CDO of Sunweb Group.

​Wessels will work with a team of data analysts, scientists and partners to develop a portfolio of strategic and operational data and analytics projects to develop cutting-edge personalized service offerings that match travelers' behaviors and preferences. "I am thrilled to join Sunweb Group in this newly created position. Over the past four years at Belvilla, I have seen the tremendous opportunities that still exist in the travel and hospitality industry and have made an impact by developing the right analytical capabilities and learning the organization how to best utilize these. Although the global pandemic is still affecting the travel industry, I believe that the travel market will revive and we can once again take full advantage of the huge opportunities in intelligence and data science”, says Roel Wessels.

About Sunweb Group

As one of the largest travel operators in Europe, Sunweb Group is the driving force behind brands across seven international markets - in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, UK, and Germany.

At Sunweb Group, our ambition is to become the leading digital holiday expert. We’ll do this by continuing to develop digital brands that stand out, leading the way for our partners through truly human interactions and ever-expanding hospitality expertise. To achieve this, we’re not afraid to do things differently, shaking up the market and setting new and bolder standards.

Sunweb and Eliza was here are the best-known brands of the group. Sunweb leads the way in online package holidays for sun worshippers and winter sports enthusiasts alike. Eliza was here is focussed on small-scale package travels to unique destinations for the discerning traveller. 

With around 400 employees and more than 250 tour guides and area managers in local destinations, we’re always there for our customers. And as an employer, Sunweb Group are proud of our unique attitude, encouraging our people to develop an open mind, personal growth and to make a meaningful impact every day. 

This combination of our people focussed ethos, centralised management and strong online business model has paid off with more than a million happy customers for Sunweb Group every year. Sunweb Group were acquired by Triton Fund V in February 2019, and we look forward to continuing to make travel a pleasure for millions more. 

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