Amadeus IT Group has appointed Ignacio Martos as the CEO of Opodo.

The European online travel agency operates in nine geographic markets across the continent and with gross travel sales of over EUR 1 billion in 2006.

Ignacio Martos has been Chief Executive Officer of Spanish online travel portal, Rumbo for six years. Under his stewardship Rumbo fast-became one of the Spanish online travel industry’s big success stories and reached profitability in 2004. Gross sales growth has accelerated during 2006 and now stands at over 100% year-on-year.

“Ignacio Martos will bring a strong track record of performance to his new role at Opodo,” says Philippe Chérèque, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Amadeus, “And we have every confidence that he is the right candidate to lead one of Europe’s leading online travel agencies.”