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Demi Horvat succeeds Scott Shatford as AirDNA CEO

US / Spain: Short-term rental data solutions provider AirDNA has announced that Demi Horvat will succeed founder Scott Shatford as the company’s CEO with immediate effect in the latest stage of expansion.

Horvat joined the company as chief operating officer [COO] shortly after AirDNA was acquired by private equity firm Alpine Investors in March. In her role as COO, Horvat proved to be an “invaluable” strategic counsellor , according to the company, leveraging her management expertise to accelerate development and bolster the engineering, product and research teams.

Meanwhile, Shatford will now step up to join the AirDNA board as a director. Fellow co-founder and former chief revenue officer, Tom Caton, departed the company in March at the same time as the Alpine acquisition announcement, saying that he would be “taking the rest of the year off” before deciding on his next move.

Outgoing CEO Shatford said: “In less than eight months, Demi’s achievements and dedication to providing value to our customers across multiple industries have left an impressive mark. I trust there is no better leader for this next exciting chapter of growth, while I maintain my passion for supporting AirDNA’s long-term vision and strategy as board director.”

With Alpine’s PeopleFirst approach and community-focused strategy, AirDNA says that it is continuing to invest in talent by rounding out its leadership team.

The latest additions included new vice president of finance, Leah Fitz; chief product officer James Malcolm; and senior vice president of sales, Alexa Churchman-Mountbatten. They join leaders such as Jamie Lane, who became vice president of the research team in 2020; vice president of marketing, Mariah Kamei; and vice president of engineering, Andy Pai, who have all guided their teams through the rapid growth of the last two years.

Horvat said: “AirDNA will continue to build an inclusive and supportive culture to ensure all team members have equal opportunities to thrive. I’m committed to elevating talent at all levels of the company and investing in personal and professional development.

“These initiatives and our inspiring senior leadership team will unlock our team’s full potential and expand our service offering,” she added.

Since Shatford founded the company in 2015, the core of AirDNA’s mission has been to provide the “highest-quality data in the industry to spark innovation and transform analysis into action”. With top-tier leadership and an extra emphasis on accuracy and people-driven growth, AirDNA is now expanding its ability to provide holistic solutions to the most complex challenges for everyone in the industry.