2013 Road to Palm Springs

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Dara Khosrowshahi
President and CEO
Expedia, Inc.

With an entrepreneurial leadership style and a penchant for travel, Dara Khosrowshahi has built Expedia into the world’s largest online travel company. She has overseen many significant steps in the company’s growth, including the encompassing task of restructuring into a stand-alone business.

At Expedia, innovation finds expression through technology — not surprising for an online business. What is surprising is its reach: the site is accessed by 50 million unique visitors each month. An engineer by training, Dara is right at home leading the online company. Its focus on innovative technology has served it well, supporting a significant (and increasing) double-digit growth rate for the past three years.

Dara places a premium on attracting and maintaining a diverse workforce, one which mirrors the rich variety of the world that Expedia serves. And just as Expedia seeks to “bring travel to everyone’s fingertips,” the company’s continued success under Dara’s leadership is only a click away.