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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.

      • Michael Karg, Ph.D.
        Michael Karg, Ph.D., is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Mindshare and has been since November 2021. From January 2016 to December 2019, he was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Ebiquity plc, a company listed on the London stock exchange (AIM). From May 2013 to December 2015, he was the Chief Executive Officer International of Razorfish. From September 2011 to May 2013, Mr. Karg was the President EMEA for Razorfish and Digitas International in Paris. From September 2010 to May 2013, he was also the Chief Operating Officer of Razorfish and Digitas International. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Karg served as a member of the board of directors of Travelzoo. Mr. Karg holds a Ph.D. in management and a master’s equivalent in finance and accounting from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
      • Volodymyr Cherevko
        Volodymyr Cherevko is the Chief Transformation Officer of Haier Europe and has been since September 2021. Before that he was the General Manager & Managing Director, Washing Business Unit, for Haier Europe in Paris. From October 2015 to October 2017 he was the Product Marketing Director, Refrigeration, for Whirlpool EMEA in Italy. From January 2014 to October 2015 Mr. Cherevko was the Marketing Director & Department Head, Brands, Digital, e-Commerce & Insights for Whirlpool EMEA. Before that, Mr. Cherevko held a variety of marketing roles for Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo in Kyiv and Moscow. Mr. Cherevko holds an executive certificate from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Bethany Lutheran College. He is expected to receive this year his Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

      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.

        • 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.