What Barry Diller Told Anxious Expedia Workers About the Future

No, you’re not going to see Barry Diller sweat.

In an all-hands-on-deck employee meeting Thursday, Expedia Group Chairman and senior executive Barry Diller reassured the troops that the future is bright, and that he’s not in any kind of panic mode following the abrupt departures of CEO Mark Okerstrom and Chief Financial Officer Alan Pickerill earlier this month, Skift has learned.

Diller, along with vice chairman Peter Kern were interviewed in a fireside chat by Ariane Gorin, president of Expedia Business Services.

Diller told those in attendance at headquarters in several “watch parties” and many others listening remotely that he and vice chairman Kern will take a deliberative approach in assessing the company’s needs before appointing a new CEO and chief financial officer, according to a senior leader with knowledge of the meeting. The gathering was closed to the press. Expedia had 24,500 employees at the end of 2018.

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