Who we are
Mr. Esterow was appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Mr. Esterow served as our Senior Vice President – Chief Operating Officer from September 2013 to December 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Esterow served as a consultant. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Esterow was the President and CEO of GTA by Travelport, a global online B2B travel distributor. Mr. Esterow spent six years (2000 – 2006) at Cendant Corporation, where he held the positions of Senior Vice President, eCommerce Development, Chief Business Development Officer, Executive Vice President, Supplier Services and ultimately, President and CEO, Travel Industry Services, Americas. Earlier in his career, Mr. Esterow held a number of executive positions at The Netmarket Group and Deloitte Management Consulting. Mr. Esterow is a Director at Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:OWW). Mr. Esterow holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Barnhart has served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer since September 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. Prior to that, he was CFO at Bally Total Fitness from 2010 to 2012, where he oversaw the finance and technology functions. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Barnhart served in various executive leadership roles at Orbitz Worldwide, including Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Barnhart served in various finance and strategy roles for PepsiCo, and as Finance Director, Southeast Business Unit, for The Pepsi Bottling Group. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Damm has served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Finance and M&A since January 2012 having joined Bankrate in December 2009. Prior to joining Bankrate he worked as a Principal in the New York office of Apax Partners, a leading global private equity firm, which he joined in June 2006 in their Munich office. At Apax, Mr. Damm focused on buy outs in the media sector in the US and Europe. From November 2002 to September 2005 he was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Consulting in Germany. Mr. Damm is a CFA charterholder and received a degree in Economics from the University of Bonn and a Master in Finance from Princeton University.
Mr. Grant has served as Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate Insurance since April 2012 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bankrate Insurance from June 2011 until April 2012. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Grant served in various executive roles, including Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Marketing & Web, at LeapFrog Enterprises – a designer, developer, and marketer of innovative, technology-based learning products. From 2001 to 2006, Jeff served in various senior leadership capacities at Orbitz Worldwide, including Vice President of Product and as Vice President and General Manager of all key travel verticals through his tenure. From 1995 to 2000, Jeff served in a variety of roles at American Airlines in Revenue Management. Mr. Grant holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Hoogterp has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since May 2005. From November 2002 until May 2005, he served as Chief Executive Officer of TQuist, LLC, a technology consulting company. From February 2001 to September 2002, Mr. Hoogterp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Enamics, Inc., a company specializing in business technology management. From July 1999 to February 2001, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Sagemaker, Inc., a provider of enterprise information portals. From March 1991 to July 1999, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Retrieval Technologies, Inc. Mr. Hoogterp received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business from Heriott-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School in Scotland in 2004.
Mr. Ricciardelli has served as Senior Vice President – Chief Strategic Development Officer since January 2014. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President – Business Development and Consumer Marketing from May 2007 until January 2014, having joined Bankrate in September 2006. Prior to joining Bankrate, he was Vice President – Marketing and Media Sales at Apartments.com/Classified Ventures, an online apartment listings company, where he managed all marketing functions and online advertising sales efforts. From 1999 to 2003, he was Co-Founder & Vice President of Strategic Development for Insurance.com, a venture funded by Fidelity Capital and sold in 2003 to Comparison Market. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ricciardelli also held positions in strategy consulting and business development at Fidelity Investments, and financial analysis as Salomon Brothers.
Mr. Ross has served as Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate.com since January 2014 and served as Senior Vice President – Chief Revenue Officer from September 2006 until January 2014. From June 2001 until September 2006, Mr. Ross was Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing for Harris Connect, a leader in affinity marketing for the directory, Internet and data services business in the educations and association market place. From 2000 to 2001, he held an executive management position at zUniversity.com. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Ross held various positions in media sales and sales management at U.S. News & World Report, where he rose to the position of Vice President of Advertising Sales. Mr. Ross received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University and his Masters in Advertising and Marketing from Michigan State University.
Mr. Speltz has served as Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate Credit Cards since Bankrate’s acquisition of CreditCards.com in August 2010. Mr. Speltz joined CreditCards.com in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer and previously led all internal and external financial, tax and accounting activities of the company, as well as Human Resources. Prior to joining CreditCards.com, Mr. Speltz was Senior Vice President, Finance at Activant Solutions, a software provider focused on small and medium sized retail and wholesale businesses. He has also held senior finance and managerial positions with Societe Generale and Comerica Bank. Mr. Speltz earned a BS in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.