Board of Directors
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, and he has been Travelzoo's Chief Talent Officer since September 2014. 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.
Rachel Barnett has been General Counsel of Travelzoo since September 2013. From October 2006 to September 2013, she was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. Ms. Barnett has also been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School since January 2016. Ms. Barnett earned her juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. Ms. Barnett clerked for the Honorable Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Areas of Ms. Barnett’s relevant experience include corporate governance, risk management, and international transactions.
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 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 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.
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.
Glen Ceremony has been Chief Financial Officer since June 2011. From October 2004 to June 2011, Mr. Ceremony worked at Ebay, Inc. and most recently served as Corporate Controller. In 2004, Mr. Ceremony was Senior Director of Global Finance Audit at Electronic Arts Inc. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Ceremony worked at PWC LLP and from 1990 to 1998 he was at Coopers & Lybrand LLP. Mr. Ceremony received his B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.