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Vayant team & board of directors

Vayant Team



Eric Dumas

Chief Executive Officer

Eric’s career spans a decade of successful startups in Europe, Japan, and the US, as head of Product Development, R&D, IT Organizations and General Management. He was previously Vice President and Country manager of Tumbleweed (successful IPO and traded on Nasdaq) and PostPath, VP of Engineering of Owlient and CTO of Dmailer.


Boyan Manev

VP Business Development & Product Marketing

Boyan has spent over ten years in the travel sector working closely with travel agencies, consolidators, and airlines throughout the European market including TUI, Alitalia, and in partnerships with companies such as Worldspan and Galileo.


Antoaneta Orbetsova

Chief Financial Officer

Antoaneta is bringing two decades of financial management in Europe and in Asia. Before Vayant, Antoaneta has been holding various finance management positions in Softtek China (formerly I.T.UNITED), Orbitel Inc. and Gallup International.

Gilles Mascaras

Gilles Mascaras

VP Marketing & Corporate Development

Gilles joins Vayant after several senior global roles in both Amadeus and Travelport, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in travel technology. He achieved commercial successes in his career through product innovation, strategy and marketing. In the early 2000’s, he pioneered the development and commercialization of specific e-commerce solutions for online agencies and airlines.


Gary Mayger

VP Sales

Gary has been delivering travel industry solutions for over 20 years. He has held senior management positions at Travelport, Oracle RightNow and more recently GuestLogix within sales and business development, client services management, corporate development and partnerships & strategic alliances.


Rani Francois-Marie Saad

VP Sales APAC and Middle-East

Rani has been an industry leader and corporate venture capitalist with over 17 years of experience in aviation, travel technology and digitalisation. His achievements span the globe (US, EMEA and APAC). His cross-functional and dynamic industry expertise is matched by his deep experience in strategy and execution. He enjoys sharing his insights with his alma mater as well as entrepreneurs globally.


Trendafil Nachkov

Director of Engineering

Trendafil has an engineering background in computer science with specializations in the UK and US. With over twenty years of experience in retail, banking and ERP software systems, his current passion is Big Data storage architecture.


Mariya Ivanova

Director Web Development

Mariya is a goal-oriented professional with extensive background in the IT field. Her expertise focus is on web development and graphic design as well as process, people and project management. She is leading at the overall administration platform as well as Vayant Analytics and Merchandising solutions.


Evdokiya Abadzhieva

HR Business Partner

Eva brings more than 9 years of professional experience in the HR field. Throughout her career she has had a local as well as regional span both in HR consultancy and in-house HR operations. Key strategic projects include headhunting, market research, performance management and overall HR operations establishment.

Vayant Board of Directors

Brian Clark

Brian Clark, Vayant’s former CEO, is a senior executive, advisor, and investor in the fields of online travel search, airline commercial strategy and social media. Today, Brian is also Partner with Hudson Crossing. Prior to that, he launched meta-search in the US and Europe, and was Virgin America’s first Commercial Planning Officer. He also spent nearly a decade at US Airways.

Dr. Christof Zuber

Dr. Christof Zuber was formerly the CEO of Hotelplan Group – a multibillion dollar pan-European tour operator and travel distributor. Currently he is a private equity investor and advisor. Among other board activities, he is Chairman of Belair Airlines Ltd. (Air Berlin Switzerland) and a member of the board of LUX* island resorts.

Ian Wheeler

Ian Wheeler advises travel technology companies, intermediaries, providers and investors as a non-executive and commercial adviser. Previous executive roles include Amadeus IT Group, Reed Elsevier, Hertz Rent a Car and Thomas Cook Group.

Pavel Ezekiev

Pavel Ezekiev is General Partner at Vayant’s lead investment company NEVEQ. Before NEVEQ he worked in finance at Microsoft in Redmond and as Investment Banker at Deutsche Bank in London, lastly serving as Chief Country Officer for Bulgaria.

Xavier Lagardère

Xavier Lagardère is Lufthansa Group’s Senior Director in charge of Distribution, leading Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines’ go-to-market strategy and channel solutions. Prior positions include leading Brussels Airlines channel shift as VP e-Commerce, heading Groupon’s travel business in France and managing Airline Programs at Amadeus. A French national, Xavier is based in Zurich and holds an MBA from INSEAD.