Stephen Kaufer President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and have the perfect trip. Under his leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the largest Web 2.0 company in the northeast and the world's largest travel site, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, 44 million members and over 100 million reviews and opinions. Steve has also built the TripAdvisor Media Group, consisting of 19 leading travel brands, and has expanded the TripAdvisor brand into 30 countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, the U.K., Indonesia, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Egypt. Steve and his co-founders sold TripAdvisor to InterActive Corporation in 2004, which later spun off its travel businesses to Expedia, Inc., and Steve has continued to run day-to-day operations. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Steve was president of CDS, Inc., a successful independent software vendor specializing in programming and testing tools. Previously, Steve was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software, where he led the development of several award-winning programming environments. Kaufer, winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. He is on the board of directors at Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com), a job review site; CarGurus (www.cargurus.com), an online automotive community; DigitalAdvisor LLC, which owns and manages a digital camera site (www.digitalcamera-hq.com) and a deals site (www.beatthat.com); and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation (http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org), a non-profit charity dedicated to finding a cure for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine cancers. He is also an advisor to WeddingBook (www.weddingbook.com), a wedding planning site, and Abroad101 (www.studyabroad101.com), a review site for semester abroad programs. And on a completely different note, he loves his brother-in-law's robot sculptures at http://lipsonrobotics.com/. Steve has a degree in computer science from Harvard University.
Ernst Teunissen Chief Financial Officer
Ernst is responsible for overseeing TripAdvisor's global finance operations including accounting, investor relations, tax, corporate development and real estate. Ernst previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cimpress N.V., formerly known as Vistaprint N.V. where he had similar responsibilities. Prior to joining Cimpress as vice president of corporate strategy in 2009, Teunissen was a founder and director of two corporate finance and management consulting firms, Manifold Partners and ThreeStone Ventures Limited. Before that, he worked in investment banking as an executive director at Morgan Stanley's Telecoms and Media Group in London and as a senior associate director for Deutsche Bank in both London and Singapore. Early on, Teunissen worked as a consultant at Monitor Company, a global strategy firm in Europe and Asia. He holds a BBA from Nijenrode University, The Netherlands School of Business and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Seth Kalvert Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Seth Kalvert has responsibility for all of the legal activities of TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor Media Group. Prior to assuming his role as General Counsel in August 2011, Kalvert held various positions at Expedia, Inc., most recently as Vice President, Associate General Counsel since February 2006, where he had primary responsibility for the legal aspects of the company's mergers and acquisitions and other transactional work, along with the global Expedia brand, and managed a team that provided legal support for various Expedia brands, including TripAdvisor and Hotwire, in addition to privacy and trademarks across Expedia, Inc. Before joining Expedia, Kalvert held various legal positions at IAC/InterActiveCorp, which he joined in July 2001. Previously, Kalvert held a business development role at a privately-held online social networking and eCommerce company and practiced law in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. He holds an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Dermot Halpin President, Vacation Rentals
Dermot is responsible for overseeing the vacation rentals division at TripAdvisor including management of FlipKey and Holiday Lettings. He previously served as CEO of Autoquake, a small business that used the internet and data analytics to change the way cars are retailed. Prior to Autoquake, Dermot was President of Expedia EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Throughout his tenure, Dermot oversaw Expedia, Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Networks in the region. Before joining Expedia, Dermot worked at several technology-driven businesses, including Tele2, a European telecoms operator which he ran. Dermot holds an MBA from INSEAD and studied engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Gary Fritz Chief Growth Officer and President, APAC
Gary is responsible for driving growth and strategy across the entire family of TripAdvisor brands. In his role as president of APAC, Gary is responsible for leading TripAdvisor’s operations and strategy throughout the Asia Pacific region. Before joining TripAdvisor, Gary founded the advisory and investment group Amanogawa, LLC, where he advised the leadership of several multi-national companies on global strategy and expansion plans, with clients that included Rakuten and TripAdvisor. Gary’s relationship with TripAdvisor spans more than decade. He held a variety of senior executive roles at Expedia, Inc. from 2003-2012. As senior vice president, corporate development at Expedia when TripAdvisor was first acquired in 2004, he was instrumental in driving both Expedia’s and TripAdvisor’s growth. From 2008 to 2012, Gary served as president, Partner Services Group for Expedia,where he led Expedia’s commercial activity and strategy on a global basis. Mr. Fritz oversaw the sales, technology and operations teams on a global basis. Prior to Expedia, Gary worked with the global consultancy McKinsey & Company for 3 years focused on the distressed debt practice, and prior to that he led entrepreneurial efforts in the data storage industry. Mr. Fritz holds a Master’s degree from MIT and an BA magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robin Ingle Senior Vice President, Advertising Sales
Robin Ingle is responsible for all graphical and cost-per-click advertising sales as well as ad operations for TripAdvisor. She joined TripAdvisor in 2001 and most recently led international development. Prior to that, Ingle handled all client relations for the company. Before joining TripAdvisor, Ingle served as vice president of advertising at Access Media, vice president of sales for MediaPassage, and director of display advertising at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bertrand Jelensperger CEO LaFourchette
In 2007, Bertrand co-founded lafourchette, an online restaurant booking platform that has a network of more than 13,000 restaurant partners across Europe and is now the leading online and mobile reservation platform for restaurants in France, Spain and Switzerland. In 2014, lafourchette was acquired by TripAdvisor, which now allows users to search availability and reserve a table for a specific date and time directly from TripAdvisor. Prior to lafourchette, Bertrand co-founded Boursipoly, an online gaming company and led the team at JTECH, a paging system for the hospitality industry in France and Spain. He currently serves on the board of Doctolib (www.doctolib.fr). Bertrand earned his degree at the HEC business school in Paris.
David Krauter President SmarterTravel & Independent Traveler
David leads the strategy and operations for SmarterTravel (BookingBuddy, Airfarewatchdog, Jetsetter, OneTime, Tingo and Oyster) and Independent Traveler (Independent Traveler, CruiseCritic, and Family Vacation Critic) and is also the General Manager for Jetsetter, the home of the most distinctive and recommendable hotels on the Web. Previously, David was the GM for SmarterTravel, where he led the launch of Tingo and SniqueAway as well as the acquisitions of Jetsetter and Oyster. David has also served as the Vice President of Product at SmarterTravel, where he led the development and user experience of the company's websites. Prior to SmarterTravel, David held several roles at TripAdvisor.com and at Rue La La (SmartBargains). Earlier on, David focused on creating online products and advertising at CNET Networks, where he was the Director of Global Publishing Services. David received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Cornell University, where he later returned to complete his MBA.
Adam Medros Senior Vice President, Global Product, TripAdvisor
Adam Medros heads worldwide product development for TripAdvisor. Since joining the world's largest travel site in 2004, Medros has overseen improvements to TripAdvisor's core functionality, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features, including TripAdvisor Mobile. He was also instrumental in TripAdvisor's 2007 launch of travel applications onto the Facebook Platform. These applications – Cities I've Visited, Local Picks, and Traveler's IQ Challenge – have introduced the TripAdvisor brand to millions of new people around the world and generated a high volume of fresh content for the core site. In 2010, Medros led TripAdvisor's launch of its "TripAdvisor Trip Friends" social feature and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Medros held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the board of oneforty.com, MITX, and is an advisor to care.com. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Barbara Messing Chief Marketing Officer
Barbara Messing leads the global marketing efforts as TripAdvisor continues to expand its global footprint as the world's largest travel site. Messing leads all of TripAdvisor's consumer marketing activities, including brand development and experience, customer relationship marketing, public relations, search engine marketing, traffic acquisition, and mobile partnerships. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Messing spent nine years at Hotwire, also part of the Expedia, Inc. family, where she served in a number of leadership roles, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of Travel Ticker. Messing also served in roles including vice president of customer experience and director of product development. Before joining Hotwire in 2002, Messing was a product director at Keen.com and a segment producer at The Travel Channel. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Stanford University.
Bryan Saltzburg General Manager, New Initiatives
Saltzburg is the head of new initiatives and leads TripAdvisor's new global Flights product and its fast growing Vacation Rentals business. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, he worked for Travelocity, most recently serving as vice president of leisure businesses. Over his eight years there, Saltzburg was responsible for launching their successful online cruise business, and for managing and building the high-growth dynamic packaging, activities and events, and insurance businesses. Saltzburg previously held marketing and business development positions at Walt Disney Company, Neutrogena and Princess Cruises. He holds a B.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern University and an M.B.A from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Barrie Seidenberg CEO, Viator
Barrie Seidenberg leads the tours and activities business, Viator, acquired by TripAdvisor in August 2014. Barrie joined Viator as president in 2005, bringing a decade of executive leadership and marketing expertise in the online travel industry. Under Barrie's leadership, Viator has demonstrated strong and continued growth, fueled by the success of the company's flagship brand, Viator.com, the award-winning Viator Tours & Activities App and the company's pioneering supplier API platform. Before joining Viator, Barrie was Chief Marketing Officer at Preview Travel, one of the early leaders in online travel. As a member of the executive team, Barrie was instrumental in that company's successful IPO in 1997, and its subsequent acquisition by Travelocity in 2000. She held previous senior-level positions with Atinera, Williams-Sonoma and American Express. Barrie received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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