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TickX appoints new chairman Laurence Marlor

The Rentalcars.com founder will bring his experience in the travel industry to the UK-based event ticket search engine

By Jon Chapple on 07 Nov 2019

Laurence Marlor, TickX

Laurence Marlor

Event and ticket search engine TickX has announced Laurence Marlor, co-founder of car hire site Rentalcars.com, as its new chairman.

As co-founder and chief marketing officer, Marlor helped grow Rentalcars.com into the world’s leading biggest online car rental retailer, offering cars in more than 60,000 locations. It was acquired by Booking Holdings, which owns Booking.com, Agoda.com and OpenTable, in 2010.

He later became a non-executive director of Goldcar, which was bought by Europcar, and holds the same role at Sykes Cottages, last week acquired by Skyscanner/JustEat backer Vitruvian Partners.

Founded in the UK in 2015 by Steve Pearce and Sam Coley, TickX simplifies the process of finding and buying tickets by comparing over 100 ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, Skiddle and Eventbrite. Last year it received £3 million investment from venture-capital firms BGF Ventures and 24Haymarket, and has since expanded into several European markets.

“The travel market shares a lot of characteristics with our industry, so Laurence’s expertise and guidance gives us a significant boost”

“TickX represents an amazing opportunity for me to work with Steve, Sam and their very talented team to help them fulfil their vision to be the premier global platform for entertainment tickets,” comments Marlor.

Pearce, TickX’s CEO, says the addition of Marlor to the team will help the company, which aggregates tickets to music, cinema, comedy and more, become a market leader in the “trillion-pound experience economy”.

He comments: “We are delighted to welcome Laurence as our new chairman. His vast experience building some of the world’s largest consumer-facing brands in the travel industry will be invaluable as we step up our international growth.

“The travel market shares a lot of characteristics with our industry, so Laurence’s expertise and guidance gives us a significant boost as we drive towards becoming the global go-to destination to search and book entertainment tickets.”


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