Board of Directors

George R. Bravante Jr.

Mr. Bravante joined the Company as a director in December 2014.  He is the co-founder and the managing member of the general partner of Bravante-Curci Investors, LP, an investment firm focusing on real estate investments in California. Mr. Bravante has held this position since 1996.  Since 2005, he has also been the owner of Bravante Produce, a grower, packer and shipper of premium California table grapes and citrus.  Previously, he served as chairman of the board of ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. from 2005 to 2010 and was a member of its board from 2004 to 2010. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Bravante was President and Chief Operating Officer of Colony Advisors, Inc., a real estate asset management company, and prior to that he was President and Chief Operating Officer of America Real Estate Group, Inc., where he led strategic management, restructuring and disposition of assets.  He serves as a director of KBS Growth & Income REIT, Inc., a real estate investment trust.

Hervé Couturier
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Mr. Couturier has served on our board of directors since December 2017. Mr. Couturier is a private investor and product strategy consultant. He currently serves as president of Kerney Partners, a consulting firm. From 2012 to 2016, he was executive vice president, research and development, at Amadeus, an airline reservation systems provider. From 2007 to 2012, he was executive vice president of SAP AG’s technology group and head of research.

He also serves as a board member for SimCorp A/S, a public Danish software company, and has held management positions at a number of IT companies including Business Objects, the worldwide leader of business intelligence solutions, now part of SAP, S1 Corporation, a provider of payment software for financial institutions, and XRT, a leading European treasury management software company, now part of the Sage Group PLC.

Mr. Couturier began his career at IBM in 1982, where he held various engineering and business positions until 1997.

Gail Mandel
Chair of the Board and Director
Gail Mandel

Ms. Mandel joined the Company as a director in April 2020. She has served as Managing Director of Focused Point Ventures, LLC, a business advisory and consulting services organization since 2019. Additionally, Ms. Mandel currently serves on the Board of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) and as the Chairman of the Board of PureStar, a provider of laundry services and linen management to the hospitality industry, and as the Chief Financial Officer of Silverman Acquisition Corp. I, a special purpose acquisition company. From 2014 to 2018, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Destination Network, an operating division of Wyndham Worldwide and a provider of professionally managed, unique vacation accommodations. Ms. Mandel served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (later known as Wyndham Destination Network), from March 2014 to November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham Destination Network, from January 2010 to March 2014. From August 2006 to January 2010, Ms. Mandel was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, for Wyndham Worldwide. From February 1999 to August 2006, Ms. Mandel was Division CFO/Controller, Cendant Hospitality Services, and from October 1997 to February 1999, Ms. Mandel was Controller, Cendant Mobility.

Chairman of the Board
Phyllis Newhouse

Ms. Newhouse joined the Company as a director in April 2021. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. since 2002. Xtreme Solutions, Inc. is a leading information technology and cybersecurity firm that specializes in ethical hacking, training, and providing cyber solutions consultancy to the federal and private sectors. She served in the United States Army, where she focused on national security, including working with several information security task forces teams. In 2019, Ms. Newhouse founded ShoulderUp, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting and supporting women in their entrepreneurial journeys. Ms. Newhouse currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia, is a member of the Business Executives for National Security and of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc.

Elaine Paul

Elaine Paul is the former CFO of Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT) where she served as Chief Financial Officer from January 2022 through May 2023. Prior to her role at Lyft, Elaine was the CFO at Amazon Studios, a division of Amazon, from 2019-2021 and the CFO of digital streaming service Hulu from 2013-2019. Prior to Hulu, Elaine spent 22 years at The Walt Disney Company in Corporate Strategy and M&A. Elaine earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics and History with Distinction from Stanford University.

Elaine joined Lyft as Chief Financial Officer in January, 2022. At Lyft Elaine oversaw all aspects of finance and accounting, treasury, investor relations, and M&A during a time of great macro, market, and sector specific turmoil. Prior to joining Lyft, Elaine served as the CFO of Amazon Studios where she oversaw portfolio and financial planning for Amazon’s global slate of original film and television programming and studio operations. Her team included financial planning and analysis, strategy, business intelligence, data science and advanced analytics in addition to production finance. Elaine’s team supported Amazon’s $8.5B acquisition of MGM Studios, Amazon’s second largest M&A transaction at that time. Prior to joining Amazon, Elaine served as CFO of Hulu from 2013-2019 during a time of pivotal change and disruption in the media and entertainment industry. In her role at Hulu, Elaine managed Hulu’s financial performance and led all growth and investment opportunities, leading Hulu’s financial planning and analysis, accounting, strategy and corporate development, and advanced analytics teams. Before Hulu, Elaine worked at The Walt Disney Company for 22 years, most recently as SVP of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Technology where she led various acquisitions, new business initiatives, and strategic investments domestically and internationally. Early in her career, Elaine spent summers as a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company and as a Summer Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley & Company.

Elaine holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and History with Distinction from Stanford University.

Elaine currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Marlborough, a college preparatory private school for girls grades 7 through 12 in Los Angeles, California. Elaine is involved with the Scouts of America (formerly Boy Scouts of America), Las Madrinas for Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, and she also chairs various fundraising efforts for Stanford University and Harvard Business School.

Elaine is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has run both the Marine Corps and New City Marathons, and she has summited the highest peak in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney (elev. 14,505 ft.), and in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro (elev. 19,341 ft.). Elaine enjoys backpacking, hiking, skiing, standup paddle surfing, yoga and adventure travel.

Elaine is married to Darren Seidel, and they have three children ages 20, 18, and 15.

Karl Peterson

Mr. Peterson is a Senior Partner of TPG and Managing Partner of TPG Pace Group, which oversees investments in three publicly traded companies. He served as Sabre’s Chairman of the Board from January 2020 to April 2022. Mr. Peterson previously served as Lead Independent Director during 2017. After rejoining TPG in 2004, Mr. Peterson led investments for the firm in technology, media, financial services and travel sectors and oversaw TPG’s European operations from 2010 until 2017. Prior to 2004, he was a co-founder and the president and CEO of He led the business from its launch in 2000 through its sale to InterActiveCorp (now Expedia) in 2003. Before Hotwire, Mr. Peterson was a principal at TPG in San Francisco, and from 1992 to 1995 he was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Peterson is currently a director of Playa Hotels and Resorts and serves as Chairman of Accel Entertainment.

Gregg Saretsky
Gregg Saretsky

Mr. Saretsky joined the Company as a director in July 2020. He retired in March 2018 from WestJet as President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held since April 2010 after having joined WestJet in June 2009. During Mr. Saretsky’s tenure, WestJet doubled in size, started a regional airline subsidiary, inaugurated long haul international operations, all while achieving an investment-grade credit rating and recognition from Waterstone Human Capital for Canada’s Most admired corporate culture. He was named Alberta’s Business Person of the Year for 2012 by Alberta Venture magazine. In 2013, Mr. Saretsky was also named Top New CEO of the Year by Canadian Business Magazine, an award bestowed on a CEO who has transformed his company within the first five years of his appointment. In addition, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University in 2014 and was the recipient of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Award as Canada’s National Business Leader of the Year in 2015. Mr. Saretsky began his career in aviation with Canadian Airlines in 1985, after a short period in Commercial Banking, and rose through the ranks to the position of Vice-President, Airports, and Vice-President, Marketing, before joining Alaska Airlines in 1998 as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Planning and then Executive Vice-President of Flight Operations and Marketing, responsible for the airline’s flight crews, operations, and consumer programs and activities. He led the development of Alaska Airlines’ alliance strategy and was instrumental in building new airline and tour operator partnerships. Mr. Saretsky has served as a board member of the Conference Board of Canada, Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is currently Board Chair of the Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation and a Director of RECARO, a German Industrial Company.

John Scott, III
John Scott

Mr. Scott joined the Company as a director in July 2020. He is an experienced executive in the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries with more than 25 years of consumer facing business expertise across complex global, multi-unit, multi-brand enterprises. Mr. Scott is a founder and Chairman of Park House, a new private social club business located in Dallas, TX which is redefining the private social club model. He is also Chairman of A&O Hotels, the largest European hybrid hotel and hostel platform which owns and operates 40 assets with more than 25,000 beds and 7,000 rooms throughout Europe. Most recently Mr. Scott served from 2012 through 2015 as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Belmond Ltd., previously Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., a publicly listed company engaged in the ownership and management of a global portfolio of 46 luxury hotel, restaurants, tourist trains and cruise businesses in 22 countries. Prior to joining Belmond Ltd., he served from 2003 until 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury hotel ownership and management company. Mr. Scott previously served on the board of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, a private hotel and restaurant management company, SMU COX School of Business, and Cedar Fair Entertainment, a leading North American amusement park owner and operator, and currently serves as a director of Subway Restaurants.

Wendi Sturgis

Ms. Sturgis joined the Company as a director in April 2021. Ms. Sturgis has served as Chief Executive Officer of cleverbridge GmbH, a global commerce and subscription billing platform, since December 2021. Previously, Ms. Sturgis served as the President of Lyte, Inc., a ticketing/consumer technology platform, from May to December 2021 and as its Chief Revenue Officer from January to April 2021. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a technology and marketing leader at some of the world’s largest tech companies. Prior to Lyte, Ms. Sturgis was a founding executive at Yext where she worked from 2011 to 2019, serving in multiple roles, including SVP of Sales and Services, Chief Customer Officer, and most recently, CEO of Yext Europe. She has previously held executive positions at Oracle, Gartner, Right Media, and Yahoo!, where she was Vice President of Account Management for North America in charge of the North American Search business. She is currently an independent director for The Container Store. She has served on multiple boards including Kustomer,, Student Transportation of America, Step Up Women’s Network, and Chair of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. Ms. Sturgis currently serves as a trustee for the Georgia Tech Foundation.

Kurt Ekert

Kurt Ekert is president and CEO of Sabre, a leading technology platform to the travel and hospitality industry. He was appointed CEO in April 2023 and leads a global team of highly talented colleagues.

Kurt joined Sabre as president in January 2022, bringing 25 years of global operating leadership and governance experience in technology, travel and tourism, and a track record of growth and turnaround performance.

Before joining Sabre, Kurt spent five years as President & CEO of CWT, where he engineered a digital transformation, while delivering significant growth, highlighted by $7 billion of new business wins. Prior to CWT, Kurt was EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at Travelport, where he led the operational turnaround that enabled a successful IPO in 2014. His industry experience also includes senior executive positions at GTA and Orbitz Worldwide, as well as executive roles at Cendant and Continental Airlines. Kurt has held prominent industry governance positions as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Advisory Board, and as a director of eNett, Carlson Travel Inc., the World Travel & Tourism Council, and the UNGA Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Kurt holds a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and saw active duty as a U.S. army officer. He is a current board of directors’ member for Sabre, Passur Aerospace and ZYTLYN Technologies.

Outside of work, Kurt enjoys sports, history, reading, traveling and spending time with his family.

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