Board of Directors
Stephen P. Holmes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen P. Holmes is chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies with more than 26,000 associates and operations in nearly 100 countries.
Prior to the formation of Wyndham Worldwide in 2006, Mr. Holmes was vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw hotel franchise, vehicle rental, timeshare development, timeshare exchange, and vacation rental businesses. Earlier in his career, Holmes also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of HFS Inc. and managing director of The Blackstone Group.
In addition to his position at Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Holmes serves as a Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Travel Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University, and was honored as the 2007 Hall of Leaders inductee by the U.S. Travel Association.
Myra J. Biblowit
Myra J. Biblowit has served as a Director since July 2006. Since April 2001, Ms. Biblowit has served as President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. From July 1997 to March 2001, she served as Vice Dean for External Affairs for the New York University School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of the Mount Sinai-NYU Health System. From June 1991 to June 1997, Ms. Biblowit was Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Capital Campaign for the American Museum of Natural History. Ms. Biblowit served as a director of Cendant from April 2000 to August 2006.
James E. Buckman
James E. Buckman has served as a Director since May 2003 and Lead Director since March 2010. From May 2007 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman served as Vice Chairman of York Capital Management, a hedge fund management company headquartered in New York City. From May 1, 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman also served as General Counsel of York Capital Management and from January 2007 to May 2007 he served as a Senior Consultant to York Capital Management. Mr. Buckman was General Counsel and a director of Cendant from December 1997 to August 2006, a Vice Chairman of Cendant from November 1998 to August 2006 and a Senior Executive Vice President of Cendant from December 1997 to November 1998. Mr. Buckman was Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS from May 1997 to December 1997, a director of HFS from June 1994 to December 1997 and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS from February 1992 to May 1997.
George Herrera has served as a Director since July 2006. Since December 2003, Mr. Herrera has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd., a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm. From August 1998 to January 2004, Mr. Herrera served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herrera served as President of David J. Burgos & Associates, Inc. from December 1979 to July 1998. Mr. Herrera served as a director of Cendant from January 2004 to August 2006.
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney has served as a Director since July 2006. Mr. Mulroney is a Senior Partner in the international law firm Norton Rose. He served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993. Mr. Mulroney currently serves as a director of the following public companies: Barrick Gold Corporation, Blackstone Group, L.P., Independent News and Media, PLC and Quebecor, Inc. (including its subsidiary Quebecor Media, Inc.). Mr. Mulroney served as a director of HFS from April 1997 to December 1997, Cendant from December 1997 to August 2006, Hicks Acquisition Co. I, Inc. from September 2007 to September 2009 and Archer Daniels Midland Company Inc. from December 1993 to December 2009.
Pauline D.E. Richards
Pauline D.E. Richards has served as a Director since July 2006. Since July 2008, Ms. Richards has served as Chief Operating Officer of Armour Group Holdings Limited (formerly Brevan Howard P&C Partners Limited), an investment management company. From November 2003 to July 2008, Ms. Richards served as Director of Development at the Saltus Grammar School, the largest private school in Bermuda. From January 2001 to March 2003, Ms. Richards served as Chief Financial Officer of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Bermuda) Limited in Bermuda, a trust company business. From January 1999 to December 2000, she was Treasurer of Gulfstream Financial Limited, a stock brokerage company. From January 1999 to June 1999, Ms. Richards served as a consultant to Aon Group of Companies, Bermuda, an insurance brokerage company, after serving in senior positions from 1988 through 1998 including Controller, Senior Vice President and Group Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Richards has served as a director of Apollo Global Management since March 2011. Ms. Richards served as a director of Cendant from March 2003 to August 2006 and was chairperson of Cendant’s Audit Committee from October 2004 to August 2006.
Michael H. Wargotz
Michael H. Wargotz has served as a Director since July 2006. Since July 2011, Mr. Wargotz has served as the Chairman of Axcess Ventures, an affiliate of Axcess Worldwide, partnership development company that creates inspired ideas and connects extraordinary brands and people. From August 2010 to June 2011, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Milestone Aviation Group, LLC, a global aviation leasing company. From August 2009 to July 2010, Mr. Wargotz served as the Co-Chairman of Axcess Luxury and Lifestyle. From December 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Advisor of NetJets, Inc., a leading provider of private aviation services, and from June 2004 to November 2006, he served as a Vice President of NetJets. Mr. Wargotz is a founding partner of Axcess Solutions, LLC, a strategic alliance, brand development and partnership marketing consulting firm, which originated in 2001. From January 1998 to December 1999, Mr. Wargotz served in various leadership positions with Cendant, including President and Chief Executive Officer of its Lifestyle Division, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Alliance Marketing Segment and Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Wargotz was a Senior Vice President with HFS from July 1994 to December 1997. Mr. Wargotz has served as a director of Resources Connection Inc., a public company, since May 2009, and CST Brands, Inc., a public company, since May 2013.