Markus Barnikel, former Yahoo! executive, appointed as new CEO of

Europe’s largest ridesharing platform with 3.4 million registered users plans further expansion

2 November 2011 – Europe’s largest ridesharing network, has announced plans to further expand internationally and has today appointed Markus Barnikel as Managing Director and CEO. Formerly the Global Director of Sales at Yahoo!, Barnikel has international experience in the online markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific regions. The three founders of, Michael Reinicke, Matthias Siedler and Stefan Weber, will continue in their current roles as members of the Board of Directors. currently operates in nine European countries and 7 languages.page1image19048

With over two million unique users every month and access to more than 600,000 rides in 5000 cities and 45 countries, is the clear market leader in Europe. Rides on can be booked on a computer, through social networks (Facebook app) or on a mobile (Android and iPhone apps).

“Millions of people in Europe are already using to travel in a way that is both environmentally friendly and affordable. The global demand for efficient, sustainable mobility solutions will continue to grow rapidly in coming years. My vision is that the way social networks have changed how people communicate, ridesharing will change the way people travel. As the No1 ridesharing platform, will lead the evolution of Green Transport” says Markus Barnikel about his plans for

The number of users of has increased exponentially in recent years. The associated financial savings, environmental considerations, rising gas and transport costs and the chance to connect with new people are all factors driving the interest in carpooling. is financed by a transaction-based booking system as well as corporate partnerships – including, for example, the national Automotive Club (ADAC) in Germany, the railway company Deutsche Bahn or the bus company Eurolines. This allows cheap bus and train tickets to also be purchased on the platform, thus providing users with the most convenient and affordable travel options.

For large companies also offers white label solutions which allow their employees to carpool to work and therefore save money for travel expenses and reduce their carbon emissions. Workplace carpooling is considered an important building block for enterprises in developing their corporate social responsibility.

About is the largest ride sharing network in Europe with 3.4 million registered users. Available in 7 languages and 9 local platforms (including: Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland and Greece), is used by more than 2 million people every month. Thanks to, 24 million carpools have been formed; 630,000 tons of C02 and 750 million Euros have been saved by users; not counting thousands of friendships created (including more than 10 marriages!).


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