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Our team

 

Stephen Kaufer

President and CEO

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 largest travel site in the world. Steve now leads TripAdvisor, Inc., which includes 24 travel brands. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Steve was president of CDS, Inc., an independent software vendor, and prior to that, was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software. The winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Steve holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. Steve is on the board of directors at Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com); CarGurus (www.cargurus.com); and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation (www.caringforcarcinoid.org). He's a fan of his brother-in-law's robot sculptures at Lipson Robotics (www.lipsonrobotics.com). Steve has a degree in computer science from Harvard University.

Steve's favorite travel destination is Jerusalem, Israel.


Ernst Teunissen

Chief Financial Officer, TripAdvisor

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.

Ernst's favorite travel destination is Valbonne, France.


 
Seth Kalvert

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Seth Kalvert has responsibility for all of the legal activities of TripAdvisor, Inc. Prior to assuming his role as General Counsel in August 2011, Seth 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, Seth held various legal positions at IAC/InterActiveCorp, which he joined in July 2001. Previously, Seth held a business development role at a privately-held online social networking and e-commerce company and practiced law in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Seth holds an AB from Brown University and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Seth's favorite travel destination is Queenstown, New Zealand.


 
Lily Cheng

President, APAC

Lily is responsible for driving TripAdvisor's growth in the Asia Pacific Region, with a focus on China, Japan and India. In this capacity, Lily will continue to position and develop TripAdvisor's portfolio companies in mainland China for long-term success via both organic growth and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Lily served at Expedia Inc. between 2008 and 2010 in various capacities including managing global product development and marketing for Expedia's private label and affiliate business (EAN) as well as supporting Expedia's Asia Pacific expansion strategy including the early negotiations of the Expedia / AirAsia joint venture. Lily also served as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of eLong Inc. Prior to Expedia, Lily was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Greater China in the Consumer Goods Practice. In the early part of her career, she founded a technology start-up which pioneered using electromagnetic power technologies for wirelessly charging mobile devices with venture funding from Benchmark Capital. Lily holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Engineering with Distinction from the University of Cambridge.

Lily's favorite travel destinations is the Galapagos Islands.


 
Dermot Halpin

President, Vacation Rentals

Dermot Halpin is responsible for the vacation rentals division at TripAdvisor which includes the management of all aspects of FlipKey, Holiday Lettings, Niumba and Vacation Home Rentals. Before joining TripAdvisor, Dermot was CEO of Autoquake, an Accel/Highland venture-backed consumer internet business focused on retailing automobiles, and a board member/advisor to several European venture-backed consumer internet businesses and funds. Prior to that, Dermot held the position of President of Expedia EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Throughout his tenure at Expedia, Dermot oversaw the expansion of the Expedia branded business, the Hotels.com business, and the Expedia Affiliate Network in the EMEA region. Dermot was also on the board of both Voyages SNCF, a joint venture with the French national rail operator and e-Long, a publicly-held Chinese online travel business. Before joining Expedia, Dermot worked at several technology-driven businesses, including Tele2, a European telecoms operator. Dermot holds an MBA from INSEAD and studied engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Dermot's favorite travel destination is Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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 and support for TripAdvisor in the Americas, EMEA, and the South Pacific. She joined TripAdvisor in 2001 and has held roles in business development & international development. Before joining TripAdvisor, Robin 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.

Robin's favorite travel destination is Florence, Italy.


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.

David's favorite travel destination is Peter Island, British Virgin Islands.


Adam Medros

Senior Vice President, Global Product

Adam Medros heads worldwide product development for TripAdvisor. Since joining TripAdvisor in 2004, Adam has overseen improvements to core functionality, content operations, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features including the TripAdvisor and City Guides mobile apps on iOS and Android, the "Trip Friends" social features, and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Adam held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wordstream and the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) and was previously a board member of Oneforty.com and an adviser to Care.com. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Adam's favorite travel destination is London, England.


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 and business-to-business marketing activities, including brand development and experience, customer relationship marketing, search engine marketing, customer acquisition & retention, public relations, industry relations and global 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. Messing serves on the board of directors of Mashable LLC and the XO Group. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Stanford University.

Barbara's favorite travel destination is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Bryan Saltzburg

General Manager, New Initiatives

Bryan Saltzburg is the head of new initiatives and leads the company's global Flights product. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, he worked for Travelocity, most recently serving as vice president of leisure businesses. Over his eight years there, Bryan 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. Bryan previously held marketing and business development positions at Walt Disney Company, Neutrogena, and Princess Cruises. He holds a BS in education and social policy from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Bryan's favorite travel destination is Ko Phi Phi, Thailand.


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.

Barrie’s favorite travel destination is Istanbul, Turkey.


Nick Shanny

Senior Vice President, Core Engineering

Nick co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with Stephen Kaufer and today is responsible for leading TripAdvisor’s engineering organization worldwide. During the early days at TripAdvisor, Nick co-wrote the original platform that powered the site, built a first-class engineering team and led the development of the site design and architecture. In 2007, Nick joined CarGurus where he led engineering. Two years later, Nick returned to the TripAdvisor family working at SmarterTravel Media Group, where he grew the engineering organization and helped build several e-commerce platforms, including Tingo and SniqueAway. From there, Nick returned to TripAdvisor to lead the Vacation Rental engineering teams. Before launching TripAdvisor, Nick worked at Microsoft in their R&D organization and CenterLine Software where he met Kaufer. Nick studied Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Nick's favorite travel destination is Grand Cayman Island.