Skip to main content Announces Organizational Changes, Corp. (NYSE: DESP) (“Despegar” or the “Company”), Latin America’s leading online travel company, today announced that Alberto Lopez Gaffney, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), has tendered his resignation effective March 17, 2023.

The Company’s Board of Directors has begun a search for a new Chief Financial Officer. In connection with Mr. Lopez Gaffney’s resignation, the Company also announced the appointment of Maria Bettina Zubin as Interim CFO. Ms. Zubin has been the Company’s Controller since 2018 and brings almost 30 years of accounting and financial experience in positions of increasing responsibility at large global companies. Ms. Zubin holds Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Buenos Aires University and an M.B.A. from CEMA University.

Commenting on Mr. Lopez Gaffney’s departure, Damian Scokin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish Alberto well in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions over the past four years, including helping us effectively navigate the challenging Covid-19 crisis. Alberto leaves the Company in a very solid position, thanks in part to the talented and able team of finance professionals who are committed to helping execute the Company’s growth strategy to effectively capitalize on the many growth opportunities that lie ahead. Alberto remains available to the team to help ensure a seamless transition. Mr. Scokin added Given Maria Bettina’s tenure at Despegar and her almost 30 years of experience in finance, we believe she is well positioned to lead our finance team while the Board undertakes the search for a permanent CFO.

As previously announced, Despegar will release full financial results for the fourth quarter of 2022 on March 16, 2023, before the market opens, and will host a conference call on this date at 10 am EST to discuss the results and outlook for Q1 and full-year 2023.


Despegar is the leading online travel company in Latin America. For over two decades, it has revolutionized the tourism industry in the region through technology. With its continuous commitment to the development of the sector, Despegar today is comprised of a consolidated group that includes Best Day, Viajes Falabella, ViajaNet, Stays and Koin, and has become one of the most relevant travel companies in Latin America which offers tailor-made experiences to more than 29 million customers.

Despegar operates in 20 countries in the region, accompanying Latin Americans from the moment they dream of traveling until they share their memories. With the purpose of improving people’s lives and transforming the customer experience, it has developed alternative payment and financing methods, democratizing the access to consumption and bringing Latin Americans closer to their next travel experiences. Despegar is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DESP). For more information, please visit

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