CDO Magazine Announces Its 2021 List of Top Data Executives from the Leisure and Travel Industry

CDO Magazine Announces Its 2021 List of Top Data Executives from the Leisure and Travel Industry

(USA and Canada) CDO Magazine is committed to recognizing companies and executives from the Leisure and Travel Industry who specialize in the field of data and analytics. CDO Magazine has searched the globe, reached out to key influencers and industry organizations, and is excited to announce our 2021 List of Top Data Executives from the Leisure and Travel Industry. These data leaders utilize data to predict tourism dynamics, ensuring efficiency and practicality for travelers enjoying their much-awaited break. We are honored to highlight their accomplishments despite being one of the industries most affected by the pandemic.

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Leading Data Executives - Leisure and Travel Industry


Alaska Airlines

Bill Yock, Sr. Principal Data Architect

Caroline Hu, Director, Data Services

Dan Audette, Managing Director, Analytics and Strategy

Sandy Stelling, Vice President, Strategy, Analytics and Transformation

Vikram Baskaran, Vice President, Information Technology Services

Allegiant Airlines

Bobby Franklin, Director, Data Architecture

Robert Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

American Airlines

Doug Williams, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology

James Flores, Director, Analytics & Insights

Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Saba D. Beyene, Managing Director | Revenue Management and Data Science

Delta Air Lines

Matthew Schrag, Vice President, IT Revenue Technology and Analytics

Narayanan (KK) Krishnakumar, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Rahul Samant, Chief Information Officer

Thomas McLean, Chief Data Scientist

Frontier Airlines

Craig R. Maccubbin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Hawaiian Airlines

John Jacobi, Senior Vice President, Information Technology

JetBlue Airways

Benjamin Singleton, Director of Data Science & Analytics

Carol Clements, Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Ryan Dullaghan, Director, People Data Insights

Southwest Airlines

Justin W. Bundick, Director, Enterprise Data Science Center

Kathleen Merrill, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Strategy, Technology and Change Leadership

Vijay Wadhwa, Director Analytics & Data Science

United Airlines

Apurva Dubey, Head of Data Science and Enterprise Analytics

Christy Ruffing, Director - Analytics Products

Debraj Basu, Managing Director - Data Science and Enterprise Analytics

Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President Technology and Chief Digital Officer

Cruise Lines

Carnival Corporation & PLC

Gregory A. Sullivan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President Information Technology

Jennifer Harkins Garone, Senior Director, Privacy and Information Governance

Stanley Berry, Director, Global Technology Solutions Architecture & Data Science

Celebrity Cruises

Kiran Sharma, Director, Onboard Revenue Data, Analytics & BI

MSC Cruises

Daniele Buonaiuto, Chief Information Officer

Princess Cruises 

Brent Haydamack, Director, Consumer Insights & Analytics

Ronald Czarnecki, Chief Information Officer

Royal Caribbean International

James Matas, Director, Data Analytics BI Systems & Solutions

Martha Poulter, Chief Information Officer

Matthew Denesuk, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

Moez Hassan, Chief Data Officer

Viking Cruises

Rahul Ramachandran Atman, Director Business and Data Solutions



Braj Kishore, Director - Revenue Management & Analytics

Floor Bleeker, Chief Technology Officer

Iouri Chapochnikov, Vice President, Global Head of Data (Chief Data Officer)

Nadine Martin Macon, Vice President of Product Data, Strategy and Data Management

Shumi Khan, Director of Business Insights & Analytics

Best Western

Harold Dibler, Vice President of Technology Management

Joe Landucci, Director, Technology Management

Silas Curren, Director of Information Technology

Choice Hotels International

Brian Kirkland, Chief Information Officer

John Rapps, Sr. Director - Lead Data Engineering / Business Intelligence / GeoAnalytics

Extended Stay America

Eric Brafford, Sr. Director, Commercial Analytics

Nancy Templeton, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

G6 Hospitality LLC

John Laplante, Chief Information Officer

Johnie Perry, Vice President, IT Operations

Hilton Worldwide

Jess PetittSenior Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Insights & Analytics

Martin Stolfa, Vice President Data Strategy & Governance

Michael Leidinger, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Chris Holzer, Director Customer Data and Marketing Analytics

Lawson Kelly, Global Chief Technology Officer

Ray Boyle, Vice President Data, Analytics and Insight

Tracy Hower, Chief Information Officer

InterContinental Hotels Group

Barbara Liesenfelt, Head of Data and Analytics

Daniel Blanchard, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

David Oppenheim, Senior Vice President, Global Insights and Analytics

Larry Theroux, Director - IT Data and Analytics

Marriott International

Ed Colet, Vice President, Data Management & Engineering

Jim Scholefield, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Joern Mumme, Director, Advanced Data Science

Jonathan Levine, Senior Director, Customer Experience + Innovation, Customer Data Strategy

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Derek Barbara, Senior Director of Data Services

Paul Ramos, Senior Director, Development Analytics and Competitive Intelligence

Scott Strickland, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Travel Companies

Agoda - Booking Holdings

Debarag Banerjee, Global Head of Data Sciences and Machine Learning

Dr. Shuki Idan, Director of Data Science

Idan Zalzberg, Vice President of Data

Yaron Zeidman, Chief Technology Officer

American Express Global Business Travel

David Thompson, Chief Technology Officer

Jeff Lawlor, Vice President, Enterprise Data Management & Analytics

Kay Khaira – Withers, Director Data Integrity and Analytics - Booking Holdings

Diwan Mahon, Head Of Data Management

Guy Taylor, Interim Director of Experimentation and Director of Data Science & Analytics

Rob Francis, SVP and Chief Technology Officer


David Rey, Senior Director Data Management

John Pelant, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Patrice Simon, Chief Technology Officer for Data and Analytics

Santosh Sah, Director - Data Analytics, Business Insights & Corporate Development

Direct Travel

Christopher DeSimone, Director of IT Operations

Darryl Hoover, Chief Technology Officer

Expedia Group, Inc.

Matthew Fryer, Vice President, AI & Data Science (VP Technology)

Peter Hoekstra, Director of Data Science

Rathi Murthy, Chief Technology Officer and President Expedia Services

Samuel Altman, Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Open AI


Anubhav Goyal, Global Head - AI Products, Data Science and Data Engineering at CheapOair (brand of Fareportal)

Eric Craig, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Harsh Sood, Chief Technology Officer

Malte Bucken, Associate Vice President, Data

Flight Centre Travel Group, The Americas

Grady Park, Vice President of Data & Analytics

Peter Gianusso, Chief Technology Officer

Stephen Pitcher, Chief Data Science Officer

Internova Travel Group

Jeremy Van Kuyk, Chief Information Officer

Prasad Koukuntla, Director, Data Management

Kayak - Booking Holdings

Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist & Senior Vice President, Technology

Steven Ji, Vice President, Marketing Analytics

Open Table - Booking Holdings

Grant Parsamyan, Senior Vice President, Data Science & Analytics

Joseph Essas, President and Chief Technology Officer

Priceline - Booking Holdings

Anil Kumar Yethipathi, Director, Data Analytics & Infrastructure, Finance

Isaac Mavis, Vice President, Business Analytics

Martin Brodbeck, Chief Technology Officer

Valli Musti, Head of Data Engineering

Zachary Horne, Senior Director Data Engineering - Booking Holdings

Graham Benson, Chief Information Officer

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