People at Cleartrip

Stuart Crighton – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Crighton, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the overall profitability & performance of Cleartrip. He sets the strategy and direction for Cleartrip and ensures the scalability of the business model and growth of the business.

Prior to founding Cleartrip, Stuart worked with Abacus Distribution Systems, Asia’s leading GDS as Head, South and West Asia. He was responsible for all aspects of Abacus’s operation and strategy across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Hrush Bhatt - Founder & Director, Product and Strategy

Hrush Bhatt

As Founder and Director, Hrush is responsible for the definition of Cleartrip’s corporate strategy and implementation of the website Cleartrip.com.

Hrush graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and History. Returning to India in 1998, Hrush worked with Plexus Technologies for a year, serving as lead designer and founding their ecommerce strategy practice. While at Plexus, Hrush also served as lead consultant for the launch of Indiatimes.com. In 1999, Hrush co-founded Paper Plane, a boutique consulting firm focussed on business strategy and design in the online space.

Hrush has had several firsts in the Indian market, including the first online air-ticket auctions and the first travel site to be integrated with a GDS for air ticket bookings.

Samyukth Sridharan – President and Chief Operating Officer

Samyukth Sridharan

With a vast amount of experience in scaling businesses in a way that brings considerable value to the customer, Samyukth is responsible for providing leadership across the businesses.

Equipped to provide the most innovative and useful travel experiences to all of our customers and partners, prior to Cleartrip, Samyukth was at the helm of Sales and Marketing for over 18 years across a diverse range of industries spanning FMCG, Insurance, Advertising and Aviation.  Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer at Spicejet. While at Spicejet, Samyukth led the business expansion making it one of the leading Low Cost Airlines in the country. 

An IIT Madras graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore, Samyukth is a Marketing Major.

Amit Taneja - Director - Hotels

Amit Taneja

Amit is responsible for Cleartrip's hotel business and its B2B businesses including Cleartrip for Business – the corporate self booking travel solution and Agent Box – the fastest, most comprehensive online product for travel agents. He sets the direction and strategy for Cleartrip's hotel and B2B businesses.

Prior to Cleartrip, Amit was the Founder and Managing Director of Desiya; India's first online hotel consolidator. Previously, he has also worked with Expedia in their Europe lodging business. Amit has over 10 years of experience in online travel.

Maxy Fernandes – Chief Financial Officer

Maxy Fernandes

Maxy heads the portfolio of Finance, Legal, Secretarial, Internal Audit and Risk Control at Cleartrip. A seasoned professional with over 24 years of experience in the arena of Finance & Accounts, he is a Chartered Accountant by profession from the 1988 batch.

Maxy was associated with Grand Hyatt as Director of Finance prior to joining Cleartrip. Armed with Bachelor in General. Law and PGDBM in Finance , Maxy has worked in numerous reputed companies like Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd. (as Vice President-Finance) and Thomas Cook India Limited (as Chief Accountant for 5 years) besides Hoechst, Kodak and Cadburys.