Travel content site Simonseeks is looking for a new commercial director after Chris Nixon, ex-boss of TravelSupermarket, quit unexpectedly this week.
Nixon and his brother Simon, founder and former-chief executive of MoneySupermarket, reunited to create review and recommendation site Simonseeks in June 2009, an attempt to aggregate guides from travel writers through a compensation programme.
Chris Nixon says he is looking at "various opportunities" outside of Simonseeks, but the exit will surprise many who saw the business as the latest attempt by the brothers to carve out a new model in travel.
An official says:
"Chris has been involved in the business since the beginning and he was always looking to stay until things were up and running. We are now actively recruiting for a head of commercial, ideally someone with a background in community/and or review sites."
Simonseeks has not won the universal approval of the travel writing community it was hoping to win over, but has attracted plenty of arguably cheaper content from a myriad of minor and well known celebrities across Europe as well as a large number of consumers happy to contribute to its growing number of guides.
It is not the first time Chris Nixon has left a business suddenly. He quit as MD of TravelSupermarket in early 2008 for a one-year sabbatical, being replaced by Graham Donoghue of TUI Travel.