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Gregory B. Maffei, age 55, has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TripAdvisor since February 2013. Mr. Maffei has served as a director as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Media Corporation ("LMC") (including its predecessor) since May 2007, LTRIP since July 2013 and Liberty Broadband Corporation ("LBC") since June 2014. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty since February 2006 and as a director since November 2005. He also served as CEO-Elect of Liberty from November 2005 through February 2006. Prior to joining Liberty in 2005, Mr. Maffei served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Oracle Corporation; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 360networks Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Maffei also currently serves as a director of the following companies: Starz, Sirius XM Holdings Inc., Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Charter Communications, Inc. and Zillow Group, Inc. Mr. Maffei served on the Board of Directors of Electronic Arts, Inc. from June 2003 to July 2013 and Barnes & Noble, Inc. from September 2011 to April 2014. Mr. Maffei holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Maffei brings to our Board significant financial and operational experience based on his senior policy-making positions at Liberty, LMC, LBC, LTRIP, Oracle, 360networks and Microsoft and his other public company board experience. He provides our board with an executive and leadership perspective on the operation and management of large public companies and risk management principles.
Stephen Kaufer, age 53, co-founded TripAdvisor in February 2000 and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of TripAdvisor since that date. Mr. Kaufer has been a director of TripAdvisor since the completion of the spin-off from Expedia, Inc. ("Expedia") in December 2011 (the "Spin-Off"). Mr. Kaufer also serves as President and Chairman of the Board of The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Mr. Kaufer served as President of CDS, Inc., an independent software vendor specializing in programming and testing tools, and co-founded CenterLine Software and served as its Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Kaufer serves on the boards of several privately-held companies, including CarGurus, LLC, LiveData, Inc., and GlassDoor, Inc., as well as the charity Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (formerly known as Caring for Carcinoid Foundation). Mr. Kaufer holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Board Membership Qualifications: As co-founder of TripAdvisor and through his service as its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kaufer has extensive knowledge of TripAdvisor's business and operations, and significant experience in the online advertising sector of the global travel industry. Mr. Kaufer also possesses strategic and governance skills gained through his executive and director roles with several privately-held companies.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, age 46, has been a director of TripAdvisor since December 2011. In January 2011, Ms. Singh Cassidy founded Joyus, a video commerce website, and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. From March 2010 to September 2010, Ms. Singh Cassidy served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Polyvore, Inc., a privately-held social commerce website. From April 2009 to March 2010, she was CEO-in-residence at Accel Partners, a global venture and growth equity firm. From October 2003 to April 2009, Ms. Singh Cassidy held various positions at Google Inc., including, most recently, Global Vice President of Sales and Operations for Asia Pacific and Latin America. Previously, Ms. Singh Cassidy worked with Yodlee.com, Amazon.com and News Corporation, and in investment banking with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Ms. Singh Cassidy currently serves on the board of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and, within the last five years, has previously served on the boards of J. Crew Group, Inc.; J. Hilburn, Inc. and Stitchfix, Inc. She has also served on the Princeton Computer Science Advisory Council as well as on the board of Jobtrain, a non-profit focused on vocational training for troubled youth and adults. Ms. Singh Cassidy graduated from the University of Western Ontario and earned her H.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Board Membership Qualifications: Through her experience as a consumer Internet and media executive, Ms. Singh Cassidy has in-depth knowledge of the online media and advertising sectors. Ms. Singh Cassidy also possesses extensive executive, strategic and operational experience.
Dipchand (Deep) Nishar, age 47, has been a director of TripAdvisor since September 2013. Since June 2015, Mr. Nishar has been Managing Director of SoftBank. Prior to that, from January 2009 to October 2014, Mr. Nishar served in various roles with LinkedIn Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Products and User Experience. From August 2003 to January 2009, Mr. Nishar served in various roles with Google Inc., most recently as the Senior Director of Products for the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Nishar has served on the Board of Directors of OPower, Inc. since August 2013. Mr. Nishar holds an M.B.A. with highest honors (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, an M.SEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.Tech with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Nishar has significant operational experience in those areas which are directly applicable to TripAdvisor's business and areas of focus. Mr. Nishar has an extensive background in the Internet industry and, in particular, the digital media and online advertising sectors.
Jeremy Philips, age 43, has been a director of TripAdvisor since December 2011. He has been a general partner of Spark Capital since May 2014. From January 2012 until May 2014, Mr. Philips invested in private technology companies. From June 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Philips served as the Chief Executive Officer of Photon Group Limited, a holding company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. From July 2004 to March 2010, Mr. Philips held various roles of increasing responsibility with News Corporation, most recently as an Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman. Prior to joining News Corporation, he served in several roles, including co-founder and Vice-Chairman of ecorp, a publicly traded Internet holding company, and as an analyst at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Philips is a director of several private Internet companies. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of New South Wales and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Philips has significant strategic and operational experience, acquired through his service as Chief Executive Officer of Photon Group Limited and other executive-level positions. He also possesses a high level of financial literacy and expertise regarding mergers, acquisitions, investments and other strategic transactions as well as an extensive background in the Internet industry.
Spencer M. Rascoff, age 40, has been a director of TripAdvisor since September 2013. Mr. Rascoff has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Zillow Group, Inc. since September 2010 and has served as a member of its Board of Directors since July 2011. Mr. Rascoff joined the founding team of Zillow in 2005, and served various roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. In 2015, Mr. Rascoff co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times' Best Seller "Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate." From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Rascoff served as Vice President of Lodging for Expedia. In 1999, Mr. Rascoff co-founded Hotwire, Inc., an online travel company, and managed several of Hotwire's product lines before Hotwire was acquired in 2003 by IAC/InterActiveCorp, or IAC, Expedia's parent company at the time. Mr. Rascoff previously served in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., an investment banking and securities firm, and at TPG Capital, a private equity firm. Mr. Rascoff serves on the Board of Directors of Julep Beauty Incorporated, a privately-held beauty products company. He also serves on the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute Advisory Board. Mr. Rascoff graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Government and Economics from Harvard University.
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Rascoff has significant operational and financial experience, acquired through his current service as Chief Executive Officer and prior service as Chief Financial Officer of Zillow. Mr. Rascoff also possesses a high level of financial literacy and expertise regarding mergers, acquisitions, investments and other strategic transactions as well as an extensive background in the Internet industry and global travel industry.
Albert E. Rosenthaler, age 56, has been a director of TripAdvisor since February 2016. Mr. Rosenthaler currently serves as Chief Tax Officer of LTRIP. He has also served as Chief Tax Officer of LMC, Liberty and LBC since January 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Rosenthaler served as a Senior Vice President of LMC (including its predecessor) from May 2007 to December 2015, a Senior Vice President of Liberty from April 2002 to December 2015 and a Senior Vice President of LBC from June 2014 to December 2015. Mr. Rosenthaler has also served on the Board of Directors of LTRIP since August 2014. He is a graduate of Olivet College (B.A.) and University of Illinois (M.A.S).
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Rosenthaler has significant executive and financial experience gained through his service as Senior Vice President of Liberty and LMC for many years and as a partner of a major national accounting firm for more than five years prior to joining Liberty. Mr. Rosenthaler brings a unique perspective to our Board of Directors, focused in particular on the area of tax management. Mr. Rosenthaler's perspective and expertise assist the Board in developing strategies that take into consideration a wide range of issues resulting from the application and evolution of tax laws and regulations.
Board Membership Qualifications: Mr. Wiesenthal possesses extensive strategic, operational and financial experience, gained through his wide range of service in executive-level positions with a strong focus on networked consumer electronics, entertainment, and digital media. He also has a high degree of financial literacy and expertise regarding mergers, acquisitions, investments and other strategic transactions.