StudentUniverse Names de Blois As Managing Director

Stephen de Blois has been named as the new Managing Director for StudentUniverse — Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) online travel booking platform for students.

He replaces Mike Cleary who spent almost a decade with StudentUniverse, the last 4 years at the helm.

As Managing Director, de Blois will be responsible for leading all aspects of the business across the 4 countries in which StudentUniverse operates (USA, Canada, Australia and the UK), including Product, Engineering, Design (UX), Data/Analytics, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Travel Services/Account Management, Call Centre and Customer Success teams.

He has a wealth of experience spanning 20 years in digital and ecommerce. More than half of that time has been spent in the travel industry including close to 7 years at Expedia as Global Director of Product Management, 4 years at Air Canada in Corporate Strategy and ecommerce, and most recently 2 years as Managing Director and Head of Product at Umapped, a Flight Centre Travel Group company that powers a B2B collaborative itinerary platform for travel companies.

Currently based in Toronto, de Blois will be splitting his time between there and the company headquarters in Boston. He is dual citizen and has deep roots in Boston having attended high school nearby as well as a large extended family in the area.

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