Brian H. Sharples Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director HomeAway Inc.
Brian H. Sharples is one of our Co-Founders and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in April 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sharples was an angel investor from 2001 to 2004 and also served as Chief Executive Officer of Elysium Partners, Inc., a company in the vacation club ownership market, from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Sharples served as President and Chief Executive Officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, Inc., a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies, from 1996 to 2001, as President from 1991 to 1996, and as Senior Vice President from 1989 to 1991. Prior to IntelliQuest, Mr. Sharples was Chief Executive Officer of Practical Productions, Inc., an event-based automotive distribution business, from 1988 to 1989 and a consultant with Bain & Co. from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Sharples holds a B.S. in math and economics from Colby College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Sharples' qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his experience as our Chief Executive Officer, his previous service in executive positions at various public and private technology companies, and his experience in the vacation rental industry.
Carl G. Shepherd Co-Founder, Chief Strategy and Development Officer and Director HomeAway, Inc.
Carl G. Shepherd is one of our Co-Founders and has served as our Chief Strategy and Development Officer since February 2005 and as a member of our board of directors since May 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Shepherd worked as a consultant from March 2003 to February 2005. Mr. Shepherd served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hoover's, Inc., a provider of online business information, from June 1997 to March 2003. From August 1995 to June 1997, Mr. Shepherd served as Vice President of Business Development of Human Code Inc., a software development company. From December 1992 to March 1995, Mr. Shepherd served as Chief Financial Officer of Hanley Wood, LLC, a trade magazine publisher. Mr. Shepherd has held positions with both consumer and trade magazine publishers, including Texas Monthly, Builder and Remodeling and the Dallas Morning News . Previously, Mr. Shepherd was a senior manager with Andersen Consulting in New York. Mr. Shepherd holds a B.A. in business administration from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. We believe Mr. Shepherd's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his experience as our Chief Strategy and Development Officer, his previous service in executive positions at various public and private technology and publishing companies, and his experience in the vacation rental industry.
Charles ("Lanny") C. Baker Director ZipRealty, Inc.
Charles ("Lanny") C. Baker has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2011. Since October 2010, Mr. Baker has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of ZipRealty, Inc., a residential real estate brokerage firm and operator of a residential real estate website. From December 2008 to October 2010, Mr. Baker served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ZipRealty, Inc. From March 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Baker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Monster Worldwide, Inc., an online recruitment services company. From June 1993 to March 2005, Mr. Baker served in positions of increasing responsibility in the Equity Research department at Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup, Inc., serving as Managing Director from January 2000 to March 2005. Mr. Baker serves on the board of directors of ZipRealty, Inc. and The Knot, Inc., a life stages media company targeting couples planning their weddings and lives together. Mr. Baker holds a B.A. in history from Yale College. We believe Mr. Baker's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in corporate finance, business strategy and real estate.
Simon Breakwell has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2012. Since 2001, Mr. Breakwell, age 47, has served as the President, Founder and a director of Expedia International, Inc., a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. Prior to becoming the President of Expedia International, Inc., Mr. Breakwell spent seven years in senior business roles in Expedia, Inc., the Travel Group (acquired by Expedia, Inc.) and British Airways. Mr. Breakwell holds an M.B.A. from Lancaster University and a B.A. from Portsmouth Polytechnic.
Jeffrey D. Brody has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2005. Mr. Brody has served as a founding partner with Redpoint Ventures since 1999. Mr. Brody also serves as a managing member of Brentwood Venture Capital. Mr. Brody serves on the boards of several private companies and, from 2001 to 2007, served on the board of LoopNet, Inc. Mr. Brody holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Brody's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience as an investor and board member in private technology and Internet-based companies and his knowledge gained from service on such boards.
Kevin Krone has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2013. Since December 1992, Mr. Krone has held various roles at Southwest Airlines, and since February 2013, has served as Southwest’s Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Krone is responsible for Southwest’s marketing strategies covering all sales and promotions; special event marketing; multicultural activities; partnership relationships; all field sales offices; advertising; Southwest’s award-winning frequent flyer program called Rapid Rewards; online marketing; and distribution of Southwest’s products. Previously, Mr. Krone had responsibility for local marketing, business development, as well as leadership over the developmental efforts on Southwest’s website, southwest.com. Mr. Krone received a B.A. in Finance and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
Christopher ("Woody") P. Marshall Director Technology Crossover Ventures
Christopher ("Woody") P. Marshall has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2008. Mr. Marshall is a general partner with Technology Crossover Ventures, or TCV, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on information technology companies. Prior to joining TCV in 2008, Mr. Marshall spent 12 years at Trident Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on the software, business services and Internet markets. Mr. Marshall also serves on the boards of directors of XATA Corporation, a provider of fleet operations solutions to the transportation industry, and TheStreet.com, Inc., a digital financial media company. Mr. Marshall holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. We believe Mr. Marshall's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in corporate finance, business strategy and corporate development and his knowledge gained from service on the boards of various public and private companies.
From 2007 to 2012, Ms. Sharkey served as Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Prior to that, Ms. Sharkey held various positions, including Senior Vice President, General Manager of America Online Inc. from 2003 to 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Sharkey served as Senior Vice President and General Manager a portfolio of AOL properties including AOL.com and AOL Instant Messenger. Ms. Sharkey holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Sharkey serves as a director for ad-Tech (from 2009), and served as a director for Baby Buggy, Inc. (from 2002-2009), and the IAB (from 2007 to 2012).
Robert Solomon has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2009. Mr. Solomon served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Groupon, Inc., a consumer discount website, from March 2010 through March 2011. Prior to joining Groupon, Mr. Solomon was a venture partner with TCV. From January 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Solomon served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SideStep, Inc., an online travel search engine acquired by Kayak Software Corporation in December 2007. Prior to his time at SideStep, Mr. Solomon held various positions at Yahoo! Inc., an Internet content and services developer, including Senior Vice President of Commerce from February 2000 to January 2006 and Vice President and General Manager of Shopping Group from February 2000 to January 2006. Previously, Mr. Solomon worked for Zaplet, Inc., FireDrop, Inc., Cendant Corporation, Electronic Arts Inc. and GolfWeb, Inc. Mr. Solomon serves on the advisory boards and boards of directors of several private companies. Mr. Solomon holds a B.A. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. We believe Mr. Solomon's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in managing growing, international, Internet-based businesses serving consumers and the travel industry, including his experience as Chief Executive Officer of SideStep and Chief Operating Officer of Groupon.