explore '20 kicks off with lively discussions with Expedia Group executives on how the lessons from 2020 can help rebuild a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable travel industry.
Immediately following the general session will be our line of business deep dives. Learn more about the agenda for those sessions via the links below.
General Session Agenda
From Industry Crisis to Industry Transformation
Learn why Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern is optimistic about the future of travel, with lessons from leading the company through a pandemic, in a focused discussion with Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of Web in Travel.
The Next Big Thing: Big Data to Smart Data
The future is using real-time data to predict when and where people will travel next. Expedia Group CFO Eric Hart breaks down how Expedia Group is unlocking customer data to help partners in recovery.
General Session Speakers
Vice Chairman & CEO
Archie leads Udemy’s Product and Design teams and ensures that the company continues to build products that empower instructors to reach a global audience of students.
Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder & Editor
Web In Travel
Danielle is the Founder of Course Alchemy and creator of #CourseFromScratch—an online accelerator for thought leaders & influencers to create & launch their flagship online courses.
Chief Financial Officer
Joseph Phillips is the author of seven books on project management and he's taught technology and project management for organizations around the world.
Melissa Norris is a host of exceptional ability. Studies show that a vast majority of guests attending events by Melissa have been known to leave more elated than visitors to Santa's Workshop, The Lost of Continent of Atlantis, and the Fountain of Youth.
Yeoh Siew Hoon
Yeoh Siew Hoon is the founder of WiT, launching it in Singapore in 2005 and going on to launch WiT editions across Asia Pacific. In 2016, WiT Europe made its debut in London, days after the Brexit vote.
WiT has won several awards including Most Innovative Marketing Initiative and Trade Conference Of The Year from the Singapore Tourism Board and in 2014, Siew Hoon was recognised Tourism Entrepreneur of The Year. A journalist by profession and passion, she’s also a speaker and facilitator at events around the world.
She’s also a published author of titles such as Around Asia In One Hour: Tales of Condoms, Chillies & Curries and children’s books such as Adventures of Habibie The Turtle and The Story of Baitong and Boon.
Peter Kern is the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group. Mr. Kern has been a director of Expedia Group since completion of the IAC/Expedia Group Spin-Off and has served as Vice Chairman of Expedia Group since June 2018. Mr. Kern has spent decades in leadership roles in public and private settings.
Previously, Mr. Kern was CEO of Tribune Media and Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners VII, LP, a private equity firm. Prior to joining InterMedia, Mr. Kern was Senior Managing Director and Principal of Alpine Capital LLC. Prior to Alpine Capital, Mr. Kern founded Gemini Associates in 1996 and served as President from its inception through its merger with Alpine Capital in 2001. Prior to founding Gemini Associates, Mr. Kern was at the Home Shopping Network and Whittle Communications. Mr. Kern has served on the Board of Directors of Tribune Media Company since October 2016, where he currently also serves as Chief Executive Officer, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc., a publicly-traded Spanish-language media company, since April 2013, and since 2016, as a member of Supervisory Board of trivago N.V., a majority-owned subsidiary of Expedia Group. Mr. Kern also serves on the boards of several private companies.
Mr. Kern holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Hart is Chief Financial Officer at Expedia Group. Prior to this role, he acted as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for Expedia Group strategy and business development as well as global M&A and investments. In his ten years with Expedia Group, Hart was most recently the General Manager of CarRentals.com. Prior to that he led corporate strategy for the company, leading some of the company’s largest acquisitions.
Prior to joining Expedia Group, Hart spent time as a Vice President at Lake Capital, a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group, and a Consultant at Accenture.
Hart holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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