CEO and Co-founder of TripAdvisor
Stephen Kaufer is the president and CEO of TripAdvisor. He co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and book the perfect trip. Under his leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the largest travel site in the world. As CEO, Kaufer has led the growth of TripAdvisor Inc., which includes 24 other travel media brands that operate in 48 markets worldwide.
Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, he was president of CDS Inc., an independent software vendor, and prior to that, was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software. Kaufer holds several software patents.
He has won a number of awards for his entrepreneurship and leadership in the travel industry, including being inducted into the 2015 British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame and receiving the 2015 Pioneer Award by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.