Mr. Hippeau has been Managing Partner with Lerer Hippeau, a venture capital fund, since June 2011 and a director and the CEO of Lerer Hippeau Acquisition since March 2021. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post, a news website. From 2000 to 2009, he was a Managing Partner of Softbank Capital, a technology venture capital firm. Mr. Hippeau served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ziff-Davis Inc., an integrated media and marketing company, from 1993 to March 2000 and held various other positions with Ziff-Davis from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Hippeau served on the board of directors of The Huffington Post from 2006 to 2011 and Yahoo! Inc. from 1996 to 2011. Mr. Hippeau previously served on the Starwood board of directors from 1999 to September 2016.
As the Managing Partner of Lerer Hippeau, Mr. Hippeau brings to the Board, our Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and our Technology and Information Security Oversight Committee extensive investment and venture capital expertise and a strong background in technology and modern media. In addition, Mr. Hippeau has significant governance experience as a director and a deep understanding of the hospitality industry as the result of his tenure with Starwood.