After what is describes as a “comprehensive search”, Tripadvisor has named Matt Goldberg as the man to replace company co-founder Steve Kaufer who announced his intention to leave the role last year.
Announcing the appointment, Tripadvisor Chairman, Greg Maffei said Mr Goldberg, who will take up the role in July, has proven leadership and experience in strategy and operations for more than 20 years across a number of leading media, advertising, and consumer-facing companies
“We welcome him to the team and look forward to his expertise as he leads Tripadvisor in the next phase of its journey,” he said.
Mr Goldberg’s experience includes various leadership roles in the digital content, media and entertainment, and travel industries, and in both B2B and direct-to-consumer models at companies such as News Corp, Liberty Interactive Corp, Lonely Planet, and Dow Jones.
He is also Founding Director of Dataphilanthropy, a non-profit focused on building programs to apply data to better address and understand economic disparity, and most recently, served as Executive Vice President, North America and Global Operations at The Trade Desk.
Mr Goldberg said he could not be more enthusiastic about joining Tripadvisor, a company whose leadership and teams have built an amazing, globally recognized consumer brand with a unique spot in travel and digital media.
“I’m incredibly excited to return to the travel sector to innovate within the industry and leverage the platform’s reach and community trust. I see a long runway ahead and many opportunities to create value for our travellers and partners.”
Outgoing CEO, Steve Kaufer said he believed, after a comprehensive search, the Board has found a strong leader for the iconic brand.
“Our employees, partners and travellers will be well served by Matt who is a strategist with experience in the travel, digital, media and retail industries. I look forward to supporting his success and watching him guide this business into an exciting future,” he said.