SkyRun names new CEO

US: SkyRun Vacation Rentals has announced that Lukas Krause [pictured] will take over as CEO on 1 July.

This announcement comes after the passing of SkyRun co-founder and former CEO, Barry Cox, on 10 May. SkyRun began looking for a new CEO prior to Cox’s passing in early 2021 as he focused on his battle with cancer.

Krause said: “It’s an honour to lead SkyRun in this next chapter as we honour Barry’s enduring legacy. We will continue to change the face of the vacation rental industry and create an unmatched opportunity for talented entrepreneurs to build remarkable local businesses in the most beautiful places in the world.”

SkyRun owns and operates 35 independent destinations across North America and offers an all-in-one software platform, the SkyRun Brand.

This leadership change comes at a time of high growth for SkyRun, who has seen a 40 per cent year-over-year growth rate.

Krause’s background experience includes executive positions in franchising and property management franchising.

Co-founder and managing partner of SkyRun, Steve Falk, said: “We had an impressive roster of candidates for our CEO position. What impressed us most about Lukas was his on-point corporate experience and polish with his entrepreneurial grit. The cultural fit with our individually owned and operated SkyRun location owners was key.

“SkyRun is growing rapidly because local entrepreneurs in our SkyRun family are building and optimising their own locations. Lukas understands enabling those entrepreneurs is where SkyRun differentiates. There are a lot of layers of both experience and talent that Lukas brings to SkyRun and we are excited he’ll be flying this SkyRun rocket ship,” he added.