Jerome Touze - AfricArena
CMO of Travelstart

Jerome Touze, 38, is the CMO of travelstart group, a leading online travel agency in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining travelstart, Jerome was the Co Founder and COO of WAYN.com (lastminute.com group), the largest travel and lifestyle social media platform with over 25 million members worldwide.

He launched WAYN.com in September 2002 in London. He and the Management Team secured $15,000 of seed capital from the Founder of Friends Reunited and grew the audience to 1 million users in less than 12 months.

In 2006, he led a partial sale of the business to DFJ Esprit, a Venture Capitalist firm based in Cambridge, for $11 million and attracting investment from eminent Internet Founders such as Brent Hoberman (lastminute.com), Hugo Burge (Cheapflights.co.uk), and Andy Phillips (Active Hotels). He was responsible for implementing the main revenue channels and signing key strategic partnerships with Booking.com, Google and India Today Group.
WAYN.com won UK Website of the year in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 and won the prestigious World Travel Award in 2013 and 2015.

Jerome has gained a lot of experience in fund raising and led a Series B capital raise with Scottish Equitable Partners in 2012 for $5 million.

In September 2016, he led the sale of WAYN to the lastminute.com group

He was an ”Enterprising Young Brits” Finalist as Business Entrepreneur of the Year and“Young Gun” class of 2007.
Jerome was also commended for Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 at the UK Technology Innovation and Growth Awards and a Finalist at the Ernst & Young London Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Prior to founding WAYN.com, Jerome was a Senior Consultant at Accenture in London where he worked in the Communications and High Tech division for clients such as Microsoft and BT

Jerome holds a Management degree from Kedge Business School and a Business and Economics degree (BA Honors) from the University of Westminster with a major in Finance.

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