Steve Hafner is the co-founder and CEO of Kayak.com. His responsibilities include establishing the vision and direction for the company, building a world-class team, and guiding the development of Kayak.com. A seasoned executive, Hafner brings extensive knowledge of marketing, e-commerce and online travel to his position at Kayak.
Hafner helped found Orbitz Inc., the online travel agency site, in November 1999. As a member of the original start-up team, Hafner helped develop and implement the company’s business strategy. During his four-year stint with the company, he was executive vice president of consumer travel, among other roles, and led the Company’s business development, advertising sales, marketing, and product marketing activities.
Previously, Hafner worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he managed case teams focusing primarily on healthcare, e-commerce, and industrial goods. During his time at Boston Consulting Group, Hafner was selected for the Ambassador Program for BCG’s Stockholm, Sweden office and received the Polaris Award for innovation and outstanding client work.
Hafner began his career at the Marketing Corporation of America, now a unit of Interpublic Group, where he contributed to strategic planning, target marketing and new product development for key pharmaceutical and healthcare clients.
Hafner received a BA in economics from Dartmouth College in 1991 and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1997.
Steve Hafner is the CEO of KAYAK. Booking Holdings acquired KAYAK for $2.1B in 2013. Steve also oversees OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations. Steve also helped launch Orbitz, the online travel agency, through its $1.3B IPO in 2003. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.