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Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

  • Ralph Bartel, Ph.D., Ph.D.
    Chairman of the Board
    Ralph Bartel

    Ralph Bartel, Ph.D., Ph.D., founded Travelzoo in May 1998 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since then. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2017. From May 1998 to September 2008, he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer. From October 2008 to June 2010, he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ralph Bartel is a professionally trained journalist who holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Mainz, Germany, a master's degree in journalism from the University of Eichstaett, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Economics and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is the brother of Holger Bartel. Areas of Ralph Bartel's relevant experience include media, journalism, Internet, finance and start-up experience.

    Chairman of the Board
    • Christina Sindoni Ciocca
      Christina Sindoni Ciocca

      Christina Sindoni Ciocca, has been General Counsel for Travelzoo since June 2019 and previously served as Counsel for Travelzoo since April 2018. Prior to joining Travelzoo, Ms. Ciocca was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, practicing in mergers & acquisitions in both Chicago, IL and New York, NY, from September 2014 to March 2018. Ms. Ciocca earned her juris doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in marketing and operations & information management.

      • Carrie Liqun Liu
        Carrie Liqun Liu

        Carrie Liqun Liu is the General Manager of the Private Equity Business at Tianhong, a prominent fund management company in China. From July 2011 to May 2017, Ms. Liu was the Executive Director of Fosun China Momentum Fund. From May 2009 to July 2011, she was a senior investment professional at Henderson Equity Partners. From 2015 to 2016, she was a member of the board of directors and audit committee of Tom Tailor Holding AG, and also a member of the board of directors of Cirque du Soleil, an entertainment company. Ms. Liu holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in law from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Areas of Ms. Liu’s relevant experience include Asian markets, investments, finance, and global strategy.

      • Mary Reilly
        Mary Reilly

        Mary Reilly has been a member of Travelzoo's Board of Directors since September 2013. From August 2002 to June 2013, she was a Partner of Deloitte LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm. At Deloitte she worked with organizations in a wide range of industries including recruitment, retail, media, business services, manufacturing, professional services, and charity. She is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of Transport Board in the United Kingdom since June 2013. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Crown Agents, an international development company that partners with governments, aid agencies, non-governmental organizations and companies in nearly 100 countries to make lasting change to the systems and organizations that are vital for people's well-being and prosperity. From 2000 to 2008, she was a member of the Board of Directors of London 2012, a company established to run London's Olympic bid. From 2003 to 2006, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the London Development Agency. Ms. Reilly holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University College London. She completed a postgraduate course at London Business School. She is a Qualified Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom. Areas of Ms. Reilly's relevant experience include accounting, finance, international management and non-executive directorships.

      • Beatrice Tarka
        Beatrice Tarka

        Beatrice Tarka has been a member of Travelzoo's Board of Directors since August 2015. She has been the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobissimo since September 2000. Mobissimo is an online travel search engine which allows users to compare prices of airline tickets, hotel rooms, and car rentals. From 1996 to 2000, she was Chief Executive Officer of Axall Media, a game and entertainment software developer and publisher. Ms. Tarka holds a master's degree in business administration from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the American University in Paris, France. She speaks English, French, Italian, and Polish. Areas of Ms.Tarka's relevant experience include entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, international business and innovative online product development.

      Executive Officers

      • Holger Bartel, Ph.D.
        Global CEO

        Holger Bartel, Ph.D., has been Travelzoo's Global Chief Executive Officer since January 2016. From July 2010 to May 2017, he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors. From September 2015 to December 2015, he was Travelzoo's Executive Chairman. From October 2011 to October 2013, he was Head of Strategy. From October 2008 to June 2010, he was Travelzoo's Chief Executive Officer. From September 1999 to November 2007, he was Executive Vice President. From 1995 to 1998, he was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. From 1992 to 1994, he was a research fellow at Harvard Business School. Holger Bartel holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is the brother of Ralph Bartel. Areas of Holger Bartel's relevant experience include deep knowledge of Travelzoo's operations, Internet, strategy, management of growth companies, travel and international management.

        • Michael Peterson
          Chief Technology Officer
          Michael Peterson, has been Chief Technology Officer since June 2018. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Peterson served as Advisory Research and Development Lead to Neustar, Advisory Chief Technology Officer at Parkar Consulting & Lab and Advisory Chief Data Strategist at xSCION. From 2005 to 2016, he served as Vice Present of Platforms and the technology executive under the Chief Technology Officer of Neustar. Prior to that, he served in various technical roles. Mr. Peterson attended Appalachian State University.
          • Lisa Su
            Chief Accounting Officer
            Lisa Su, the Company's Chief Accounting Officer, has been with Travelzoo since May 2011 and previously served as the Company's Vice President and Controller. Prior to May 2011, Ms. Su was Controller of YuMe from June 2009. Prior to June 2009, Ms. Su was Controller of Travelzoo and prior to this role she performed various other accounting roles at Travelzoo since she started at Travelzoo in October 2000. Ms. Su holds an MBA in finance from California State University, East Bay and a bachelor's degree in economics-accounting from Claremont McKenna College.