Damián Scokin, Chief Executive Officer

Age: 51 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.


Michael Doyle, Chief Financial Officer

Age: 47 Joined Company in: 2013

Michael Doyle has served as Chief Financial Officer of Despegar since June 2013 and brings extensive experience in the travel industry and finance, including as the CFO of Expedia Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Despegar, Mr. Doyle was the CFO of eLong, Inc, a formerly Nasdaq-listed, online travel company in China. Mr. Doyle was also the CFO of Expedia Asia Pacific, a division of Expedia, based in Hong Kong and Seattle. Prior to Expedia, Mr. Doyle worked as CFO of Teledesic, a Seattle based broadband communications company founded by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates. Mr. Doyle started his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Company in New York and Singapore. While in Singapore, he also worked for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, structuring private equity investments in Southeast Asia. Mr. Doyle holds a BA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Juan Pablo Alvarado, General Counsel

Age: 47 Joined Company in: 2015

Juan Pablo Alvarado has been Despegar’s General Counsel since August 2015. Prior to joining Despegar, Mr. Alvarado served as Of Counsel at Estudio Beccar Varela from 2014 to 2015. Before that, Mr. Alvarado served as General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of El Tejar Limited from 2006 to 2013. Previously, he served in various positions at Mondeléz International, most recently as the Legal Director for the Southern Cone Region in South America from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Alvarado also serves as a member of the board of directors of Asociación Latinoamerica de Internet and served as President of Fundación para la Integración Social Oscar Alvarado, a not-for profit organization. Mr. Alvarado received a high school diploma from Colegio Cardenal Newman, Law Degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina de Derecho and a Master of Laws Degree from Duke University.


Gonzalo García Estebarena, Commercial Director

Age: 37 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, Head of Air

Age: 46 Joined Company in: 2015

Sebastián Mackinnon has served as our Head of Air, with a regional scope, since December 2015. 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.


Martín Molinari, Head of Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products

Age: 45 Joined Company in: 2017

Martín Molinari joined Despegar as Head of Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products in March 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Molinari was Despegar’s Head of Cross-Selling from March 2013 to March 2017 and the Mexico Country Manager from August 2005 to February 2013. Before joining Despegar, Mr. Molinari served as General Manager for Iberojet Internacional, a tour operator that is a division of Iberostar Group. Mr. Molinari received a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Business Management from the Universidad de Morón. Mr. Molinari is based in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Pablo Montivero Araya, Head of Distribution

Age: 48 Joined Company in: 2015

Pablo Montivero Araya has held the role of Head of Distribution since February 2015, and is responsible for overseeing all countries as well as distribution channels and loyalty programs. Prior to joining Despegar, he served in various positions at PepsiCo, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager for PepsiCo Foods South Cone. Mr. Montivero Araya received a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Master in Business Administration in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Mr. Montivero Araya is based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Last update: September 20, 2017