Our Team

Our entire team is composed of former senior executives in travel. We have experience in all company sizes, from startups to Fortune 100.
PHILIP WOLF
NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Philip Wolf is a globally renowned travel guru, and the retired Chairman and CEO of PhoCusWright Inc., an independent travel, tourism and hospitality research firm specializing in the impact of technology and innovation on the world’s third largest industry. The pioneer of Travel 2.0, he founded PhoCusWright in 1994 and grew the firm into the research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect.

Philip is a Board Director for MakeMyTrip (India), eDreams ODIGEO, Hopper, TrustYou and Blacklane. He is also a Board Advisor for dnata travel (UAE), ITB (Germany, China), BTO (Italy), DataArt and RedDoorz (Indonesia).

Philip is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
BRIAN CLARK
PARTNER
Brian is a senior executive, advisor, and investor with over 20 years’ experience in executive leadership, business strategy, product development, and consumer engagement. Brian has twice been engaged as Acting CEO, leading successful growth at a startup B-to-B SaaS provider in the airfare search space, and driving record EBITDA at an $500M online travel agency specializing in leisure all-inclusive hotels and packages. Prior to joining Hudson Crossing in 2011, he was Virgin America’s first commercial planning officer, where he designed and launched Virgin’s route network, Virgin’s innovative hybrid-direct distribution platform, and Virgin’s pioneering points-based variable redemption loyalty program, called Elevate.

Brian is a licensed private pilot, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Brian is based outside Washington, D.C.
MAX RAYNER
PARTNER
Max Rayner is an accomplished technology and product executive with more than 20 years of global experience. Prior to joining Hudson Crossing in 2012, Max served as TravelClick’s Senior Vice President of Product Engineering & General Manager for Reservations Solutions, leading a team focused on hotel distribution and SaaS e-commerce solutions. Max also served as Chief Technology Officer at Travelzoo, Executive Vice President of Products & Services and Chief Information Officer at SurfControl, the Vice President of Systems Architecture at Salesforce.com, and Director-Worldwide Data Centers & Infrastrucure at Sun Microsystems.

Max was born in Africa, and educated in Europe and the United States. He has a M.B.A. in Finance from UCLA. Max is based in Palo Alto, California.
GEORGE ROUKAS
PARTNER
George Roukas is a senior executive with in-depth experience in product management, technology and competitive strategy. Prior to co-founding Hudson Crossing in 2007, George was formerly Group Vice President of Product Management for Travelport, where he led the strategy, development and management for all products facing Galileo’s North American agency partners. Prior to Travelport, George held the role of Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for Cendant Travel Distribution Services’ Supplier Services group. Prior to that, George worked through PhoCusWright as a consultant to several well-known travel companies, primarily in the area of web site usability for e-commerce.

George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Montclair University and an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business. George is based outside Atlanta, Georgia.
CRAIG CARTWRIGHT
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Craig Cartwright is an accomplished product management and technology leader skilled at creatively leveraging current assets to expand reach and release new products to meet customer needs. Prior to joining Hudson Crossing, Craig was the Vice President Product Management for Pegasus Solutions where he managed the Pegasus Cloud based SaaS hotel reservation system, IBE and mobile solutions. Prior, he was Applications Services Executive for Hewlett Packard, Vice President, Product Management for Travelport, and Vice President Product Management at Cendant Travel Distribution Services

Craig has a B.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University and an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Craig is based in Denver, Colorado.
JOAN HANNAN
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Joan is a highly experienced product leader with a record of delivery and operational excellence on mission critical platforms. Prior to joining Hudson Crossing, Joan was the Senior Director of Business Intelligence and Internal Business Systems at StarTek. Prior, Joan held a multitude of senior roles at Travelport including Senior Director, Application Development, Global Technology Solutions, as well as new business development roles in China, global sourcing in India and the Application Director for the Next Generation GlobalFares Program.

Joan has a B.A. in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan and an M.S. Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Denver. Joan is based in Denver, Colorado.
LAURA VEGLIA
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Laura is a seasoned hospitality executive with over 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Product Acquisition. Most recently, Laura served as Vice President of Sales at Bookit.com for nine years, leading Sales, hotel relationships, and pricing/yield managment from the startup phase to $500M gross sales. Prior to Bookit.com, Laura served as Regional Director in Market Management for Expedia for five years, Vice President of Worldwide Tour Operations with Silversea Cruises, and Director of Worldwide Product Development at Certified Vacations.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Maryland. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and is fluent in both English and Italian. Laura is based near Miami, Florida.
NIGEL RUSSELL
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Nigel is an experienced Product Manager, with a strong background in technology, marketing, sales and finance. Prior to becoming a consultant, Nigel led the Product Management and Development teams for Trust International, a hotel distribution company for large global chains, where he oversaw the complete redesign and rebuild of all major products. Prior to Trust International, Nigel led the Product Management and IT teams at Worldhotels, and led IT and Products teams for a number of startup companies in industries ranging from Ecommerce, Logistics, Petrochemicals and Supply Chain, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

Nigel has a Masters in Computer Science, an Honors BSc in Organic Chemistry, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Nigel is based in Berlin, Germany
JEFF ROSTOLDER
SENIOR CONSULTANT
Jeff is a digital marketing executive with over 17 years of experience building profitable e-Commerce platforms, with a focus on developing innovative products and services. Most recently, Jeff was the Vice President, Digital Marketing and Product Development for Deep Focus where he drove the strategic vision and development of a travel platform for a Fortune 50 client that drove double-digit revenue growth. Prior to that, Jeff spent over 14 years at American Express in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Online Travel and Director of Acquisition in the Consumer Card Services Group. Jeff holds a B.S. in Business from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He is based in New York City.
TOM BOTTS
ADVISOR
Tom is an accomplished Marketing and Product Professional with proven leadership experience in branding, revenue management, distribution, technology, and product development. Most recently, Tom was SVP and CMO at Miraval Group, which sold to Hyatt in early 2017. Prior to that, he was EVP and Chief Customer Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group. He was a partner and co-founder of Hudson Crossing in 2007, and also has previous experience at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hotwire.com, and Delta Airlines.

Tom holds a B.S.-B.A. in Logistics/Marketing from the University of Missouri, and is based in New York City.