March 20, 2017
Upside Travel, Priceline Founder Jay Walker’s new startup that uses big data to optimize travel deals for business travelers, has hired Adam Holmes as their Chief Data Scientist. Holmes will spearhead the firm’s use of terabytes of data delivered daily from online hotel and airline reservation partners in order to most effectively offer travel options to their customers. Holmes will provide innovative data science solutions and lead the company’s data science team based in their Washington DC headquarters. Most recently, Holmes was Divisional Vice President of Analytics for Hudson’s Bay Company, leading data science and analytics across their marquee brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Gilt. Prior to that, Holmes tackled analytics projects for Target Corporation.
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