Damián Scokin, Chief Executive Officer

Age: 55 Joined Company in: 2016

Damián Scokin joined Despegar in December 2016 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") since February 2017 and as a member of our board of directors since April 2017. From November 2014 to November 2016, prior to becoming our CEO, Mr. Scokin was the CEO of Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited ("Ultrapetrol"), where he continues to be a member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Scokin helped navigate Ultrapetrol through its negotiations with creditors as a result of adverse market conditions in the energy and natural resources sectors, which, subsequent to his departure as CEO of the company, resulted in the filing of a Chapter 11 prepackaged reorganization plan agreement with a U.S. bankruptcy court at the beginning of 2017. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Scokin held several positions within the LATAM Airlines Group. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Scokin served as CEO for LATAM’s International Business Unit, where he was in charge of leading the merger and integration process of LAN Airlines, the biggest airline in Chile, and TAM Linhas Aéreas, one of Brazil's leading airlines. Prior to the merger process, Mr. Scokin worked as CEO for the International Business Unit of LAN Airlines in Chile and as CEO for LAN Argentina before that, where he was in charge of the company’s startup and early development in Argentina. Mr. Scokin started his career in 1995 as an associate of McKinsey & Company in Boston, where he eventually became partner. Mr. Scokin holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Industrial Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


Alberto López Gaffney, Chief Financial Officer

Age: 50 Joined Company in: 2018

Mr. López Gaffney comes to Despegar with over two decades of experience in finance and operations. Prior to joining Despegar, he was Chief Financial Officer of TGLT, a leading real estate company in Argentina. From 2012 through 2017, he was employed at Itaú BBA as Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking for LatAm ex-Brazil. Prior to that, Mr. López Gaffney worked between 1999 and 2012 with Morgan Stanley, in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and later as Managing Director & Head of Southern Cone. He began his business career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey in 1996. Mr. López Gaffney has an MBA from Harvard University and a Masters in Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Católica Argentina.


Gonzalo García Estebarena, Chief Commercial Officer

Age: 42 Joined Company in: 2017

Gonzalo García Estebarena has served as our Commercial Director, overseeing Air and Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products, since September 2017. Prior to joining us, he held several positions at LATAM Airlines Group from 2011 to 2017, including Vice President of International Revenue Management and Global Head of Sales. Prior to that, Mr. García Estebarena was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company from 2003 to 2011. Mr. García Estebarena received a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School.


Sebastián Mackinnon, Executive VP Travel Partners & Corporate Affairs

Age: 50 Joined Company in: 2015

Sebastián Mackinnon has served as Argentina Country Manager since September 2018, before he was Head of Air from December 2015 to August 2018. Before joining the Company, Mr. Mackinnon served in various positions at Diageo plc, an international alcoholic beverages company, mostly recently as General Manager covering Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador from October 2001 to December 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Mackinnon held various positions at Mondeléz International and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Mr. Mackinnon received a high school diploma from Colegio Cardenal Newman, a Degree in Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and a Master of Business Administration from the CEMA University in Buenos Aires.


Mariano Scagliarini, General Counsel

Age: 49 Joined Company in: 2019

Mariano Scagliarini joined Despegar in May 2019 and since October 2019 is the General Counsel of the company. Prior to joining us, he was Chief Counsel for Latam and Iberia at Thomson Reuters. He also served in different positions at Praxair Inc and Citibank N.A. Mr. Scagliarini holds a Bachelor degrees in Law from Universidad Católica Argentina and a Master In Law (LLM) from Cornell University.


Javiera Ruiz, Chief Human Resources Officer

Age: 41 Joined Company in: 2017

Javiera Ruiz has served as Chief Human Resources Officer since January 2020. From August 2017 until January 2020, she served as Regional Human Resources Manager of the Company. Previously, Mrs. Ruiz served in various positions at Latam Airlines. Mrs. Ruiz holds a Psychologist Degree from Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Last update: September 20, 2017