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Away CEO Stuart Haselden Steps Down

Away CEO Stuart Haselden Steps Down

Away CEO Exits

After serving as the CEO of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) travel lifestyle brand Away for roughly just over a year, Stuart Haselden is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.

Haselden took on the CEO role at a tumultuous time when the company was drawing intense scrutiny over its corporate culture and was challenged with the global slowdown in the travel industry. While Haselden is stepping away from the role as CEO, he will still maintain his board seat to help guide and advise the business.

The company’s board has appointed co-founder and President Jen Rubio to the role of interim CEO. The company is in the process of identifying the company’s next CEO – a process Rubio and Haselden will jointly lead. 

“With Stuart’s leadership, Away has successfully navigated through the most unprecedented challenges facing the travel and retail industries,” said Jen Rubio, co-founder and interim CEO. “The company’s pivots during the pandemic resulted in strong performance over the last several months, with momentum continuing to grow. We are grateful for the steady leadership and experience that Stuart brought to the company. His ongoing guidance will be an asset to the Board of Directors as the travel and retail industries rebound.” 

“Since co-founding Away in 2015, Jen has been a visionary and trusted leader, whose acumen built a brand that has transformed the travel and lifestyle sector,” said Haselden. “This past year has been an important period in the company’s evolution, and no one is better positioned than Jen to continue to guide the company through this transition phase. Away is well-positioned to capitalize on the coming economic recovery and be there for when the world is ready to travel again. With vaccines on the way and confidence in travel returning, Away has a huge opportunity in the second half of 2021.”

During his time at Away, Haselden was responsible for deepening Away’s bench of talented executives with additions that include:

  • Candan Erenguc, chief supply chain officer, formerly senior vice president, operations excellence at Lululemon Athletica
  • Catherine Dunleavy, chief financial officer, formerly vice president and CFO of global operations, technology and strategic investments at Nike
  • Cuan Hanly, senior vice president of product and merchandise. Hanly joined Away in 2019 and previously served as executive creative director of product
  • Josh Beser, general counsel. Beser joined Away in 2017
  • Roy Chan, president of international and senior vice president of retail, Chan formerly also served as president of international at Kate Spade & Company
  • Selena Kalvaria, chief marketing officer. Kalvaria joined Away in 2018 and has previously served as the company’s senior vice president of brand
  • Shadé Akande, chief people officer and former vice president of Meetup

During the transition period, the executive team will report to Jen Rubio.

In October last year, Steph Korey, co-founder of Away, stepped down from the co-CEO position, but he continues to serve as the executive chairman. Korey’s move to step down had been in the works for nearly a year.

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