Célia Pronto named MD of Love Home Swap
International home exchange membership network Love Home Swap has appointed Célia Pronto as the company’s new managing director.
Pronto joins Love Home Swap at its London headquarters just two years after its acquisition by RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange company.
The hot London-based startup is revolutionising the home sharing market by providing an easy and secure way for adventurous travellers to choose where they want to go, set up a swap with another traveller and then sit back and enjoy a hassle-free holiday without a hefty accommodation bill.
With thousands of unique accommodations in more than 100 countries worldwide, travellers can easily find an incredible place to stay with the Love Home Swap network for a fraction of the cost of a traditional hotel room.
Pronto joins Love Home Swap from Casual Dining Group, where she was Chief Customer and Digital Officer, overseeing more than 250 restaurant locations across the United Kingdom.
She has more than 20 years experience in blue chip companies and start-ups in the travel and hospitality, retail, technology, and E-commerce industries. She has specific expertise in developing digital innovation and growth strategies in consumer and multi-channel businesses.
Olivier Chavy, president of RCI, said: “Célia is joining Love Home Swap at the perfect time as the company moves from the startup phase to accelerated growth.
“The home sharing market is becoming increasingly popular and we’re in a great position for travellers to take advantage of the upscale home offerings enjoyed by Love Home Swap members around the world.”
A native of Mozambique, Pronto holds an MBA from the University of Hull in the UK, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Natal (Durban) in South Africa. She speaks four languages, and serves on a number of boards as a non-executive director.
Love Home Swap is an upscale, members-only global home exchange community that allows travellers to see the world through the power of home sharing. With more than 10,000 member homes to choose from across 100 countries, travellers can take affordable vacations by swapping homes with like-minded individuals across the globe.