Priceline.com CEO Paul Hennessy is to depart for an ecommerce position outside the travel industry at an awkward time for the Priceline Group, since he was leading a turnaround plan for Priceline.com.

This follows the resignation in late April of Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston after the revelation that he was involved in a sexual relationship with an employee.

The company is believed to be considering both internal and external candidates for Group CEO, but with Brett Keller, who has been with the company for 17 years, stepping in as interim CEO of priceline.com, may not be looking for a new CEO in that role.

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