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Tripadvisor names Matt Goldberg as new CEO

Matt Goldberg, former CEO of Lonely Planet, has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of Tripadvisor.

Through this nomination, Matt Goldberg succeeds Tripadvisor’s co-founder and long-time CEO, Stephen Kaufer. He had co-founded Tripadvisor in 2000 and announced last year is intention to leave his role as CEO.

Graduated from the University of Melbourne in International Relations and from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Matt Goldberg started his career as Director of Strategic Planning / Assistant to the Governor in the State of Illinois.

In 1999, he became Consultant, Media & Entertainment Group for Yahoo and was then nominated Senior Director, US Business Development at Bertelsmann.

He joined Dow Jones / The Wall Street Journal in 2003 and held several positions, such as executive Director of Dow Jones Integrated Solutions, Vice President of Franchise Development & Partnerships, and finally Senior Vice President of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

From 2009 to 2013, he became the CEO of the travel guide Lonely Planet. At the same time, he was part of the Founding Board Member of The Conversartion Media Group, « an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public ».

After that, he served in various leadership roles in the digital content, media and entertainment, and travel industries, and in both B2B and direct-to-consumer models at companies such as Liberty Interactive Corp / QVC Group, News Corp, Elara Technologies, Burning Man Project and TeamSnap.

Matt Goldberg is also involved in the caritative field through several foundations such as Lumina Foundation, Anthropocene Ventures and Lingod GmbH.

Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President, North America and Global Operations at The Trade Desk. In 2021 he founded Dataphilanthopy, a non-profit focused on building programs to apply data to better address and understand economic disparity. 

I could not be more enthusiastic about joining Tripadvisor, a company I have long admired, whose leadership and teams have built an amazing, globally recognized 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 travelers and partners. 

Matt Goldberg, incoming CEO of Tripadvisor

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. 

Greg Maffei, Chairman of the Board at Tripadvisor

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