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Immigrant Profile: Darren Huston

Background

Darren R. Huston, the CEO of Priceline, was born on the 3rd of January 1966 in Canada. After completing grade school, Huston finished his high school studies in Italy at the United World College of the Adriatic. He went on to gain a BS in Economics at Trent University. Huston then attended the University of British Columbia where he received an MA in Economics.

Immigration to the United States

Finally, Huston made his way to the United States, where he attended the Harvard Business School and achieved an MBA. Huston served as the Economic Advisor to the Canadian Government for 2 years between 1990 and 1992. After returning to the United States, he took an executive job between 1994 and 1998 at McKinsey & Company in both Seattle And Atlanta.

Professional Background & Achievements

In 1998, Huston took the Senior Vice President position at the Seattle based company of Starbucks. He served in this post until 2003.

Huston served as the President and CEO of American giant Microsoft in Japan in 2005. By 2008, he began to run Microsoft’s Consumer and Online business as the company’s Corporate Vice President.

Huston transitioned to Booking.com and became the CEO in early fall of 2011. Huston later joined the parent company known as Priceline in the New Year of 2014 as the CEO. Huston has contributed much to the economy of the United States with companies such as Priceline.

Contribution to the U.S. Economy

Priceline includes six other well-known brands. These include companies such as Booking.com, OpenTable and Priceline. Priceline is currently one of the big three e-commerce companies on the globe. The only competition currently is Amazon and Alibaba.

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