Tripadvisor CEO Matt Goldberg

Tripadvisor names Goldberg as CEO

US: Matt Goldberg has been appointed chief executive officer at online travel site Tripadvisor, succeeding co-founder Steve Kaufer.

Goldberg joins from The Trade Desk where he most recently served as executive vice president of North America and global operations. 

Throughout his career, Goldberg has held various leadership positions across digital content, media and entertainment, as well as the travel industry. Notable companies include News Corp, Liberty Interactive Corp, Lonely Planet, and Dow Jones.

Goldberg said: “I could not be more enthusiastic about joining Tripadvisor, a company I have long admired, whose leadership and teams have built an amazing, globally recognised 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,” he added.

Steve Kaufer, co-founder and CEO of Tripadvisor, said: “After a comprehensive search, I believe that the board has found a strong leader in Matt for our 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 added.

Greg Maffei, chairman of the board at Tripadvisor, added: “We are excited to announce the appointment of Matt Goldberg to the role of CEO. Matt 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 added.

Goldberg’s anticipated start date is 1 July this year. 

Kaufer co-founded Tripadvisor in 2000 and last year announced his intention to leave his role as CEO.

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