Secret Escapes Group strengthens executive team with appointment of Chief Financial Officer

Andy Botha joins from ZPG as Chief Financial Officer 

Secret Escapes Group, one of the world’s leading, members-only online travel and experiences companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Botha as Chief Financial Officer, with effect from 2 September 2019.

Andy, formerly Group Chief Financial Officer at ZPG, has over 17 years’ experience working with high growth digital, e-commerce and leisure businesses and is an experienced Board level leader, with success in leading operational businesses during periods of high growth, both in the UK and internationally.

During his three and a half years at ZPG, Andy was instrumental in its growth and responsible for the successful financing and integration of its acquisitions, up until its sale to Silverlake for £2.5 billion in May 2018.

Prior to joining ZPG, Andy was Chief Commercial and Finance Officer at, where he played a key role in the company’s UK and international growth strategy.

Andy has also previously held senior roles at Betfair, and Holiday Autos UK Limited.

Andy will work alongside the executive team to focus on developing the Group further.

Alex Saint, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Secret Escapes Group, commented:

“I am delighted that Andy is joining us as Group CFO. Since founding in 2010, we have significantly increased the size and scale of the business and we now operate several market leading travel and experience brands in over 22 territories, with over 1,000 employees globally. Andy’s experience of working with digital and travel and experiences businesses will be particularly relevant as we focus on strengthening our presence in our operating markets, integrating acquisitions, including most recently TravelBird and EML, and growing the business.”

Andy Botha commented:

“I am excited to be joining Secret Escapes Group. It has a great customer offer and an established, unique market position with a large and loyal membership base.  I look forward to working with Alex, Tom and the other members of the team to develop the Group’s financial and international commercial strategy as it continues to grow across its multiple territories.”