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Serko Appoints Independent Board Directors

Serko Appoints Independent Board Directors

Simon Botherway, Claudia Batten and Clyde McConaghy join Darrin Grafton and Bob Shaw to round out Serko’s new Board

5 May 2014 - Serko, an Australasian leader in business online travel booking and expense management, today welcomed Simon Botherway, Claudia Batten and Clyde McConaghy to the company’s board as independent directors. Simon Botherway will be appointed chairman of the board.

“I’m delighted with the calibre of our new Board, and the range of skills, experience and perspectives they will bring to the governance of Serko” said CEO, Darrin Grafton.

“Bob and I have spent a great deal of time looking for the right group of individuals to help us navigate through the next phase of Serko’s growth and we’re pleased that Simon, Claudia and Clyde have agreed to join us.”

“Serko has ambitions to be an international player and has its immediate sights set on becoming a significant force in the Asian corporate travel booking market.”

Simon Botherway, Serko's new Chairman said: "I’m pleased to become part of a great Kiwi company with exciting potential. I believe Serko has the product portfolio, the market reach and the right management team in place to achieve its goals. Clyde, Claudia and I are looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to the company.”

Simon Botherway
Based in New Zealand, Simon Botherway holds extensive experience in corporate governance, banking and investment management. Simon has been a member of the Securities Commission, a Chair of the Financial Markets Authority Development Board, a Director of Fisher and Paykel Appliances and the Electricity Authority Establishment Board.

Claudia Batten
Based in the United States, Claudia Batten has notable entrepreneurial experience. Claudia was part of the founding team of Massive Incorporated, which was sold to Microsoft in 2006. She also co-founded Victors & Spoils, which was majority acquired by Havas Worldwide. Claudia is a strong supporter of the New Zealand start-up scene and, in 2013, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University in recognition of her commitment to New Zealand and her achievements in technology.

Clyde McConaghy
Based in Australia, Clyde McConaghy over has 20 years global business management experience. Clyde is currently a Non-Executive Director at Infomedia Limited and a Non-Executive Director at Integrated Research Limited, both listed on the ASX. He was previously a director of The Economist Intelligence Unit based in London, and a founding board director of World Markets Research Centre Plc, listed on the LSX.

About Serko
Serko is Australasia’s leading online travel booking company for businesses and government agencies. With its HQ in Auckland New Zealand, and with offices in Sydney Australia, Xi’an City China and Gurgaon, India, Serko employs more than 90 people.

Serko Online is an online booking engine used by administrators and travellers to book flights, accommodation and car hire from the broadest possible set of travel providers. The engine guarantees that travel bookings comply with corporate travel management policy without limiting the users’ choice of travel provider.

Serko is part of the Mundi Global Alliance that provides corporations with the ability to book air travel, car hire and hotels anywhere in the world. Working with the best-in-class local providers in the USA and Europe Mundi is the only true ‘global’ travel provider for multi-national organisations.

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