President, Platform & Marketplaces
John Kim is Group President of Platform & Marketplaces at Expedia Group. In this role, he oversees the development of Artificial Intelligence, User Experience, Research, eCommerce, Marketplaces and Yield Management, Data and Development Platforms across Expedia Group’s customers, partners and employees. His divisions power Expedia Group’s two-sided marketplace platform.
Previously, Kim served as the President of Vrbo, where he led strategy and operations of one of world’s leading alternative accommodations marketplaces. Joining Vrbo in 2016, Kim led the company’s transformation from a subscription-based advertising model to a modern e-commerce business powered by the latest advances in data science and technology. During Kim’s tenure, Vrbo was recognized by Business Insider as one of the top 25 tech companies to work for, by The Muse as one of the top innovators to work for and by Hired.com as one of the top employer tech brands.
Before joining Vrbo, Kim served as Expedia’s Chief Product Officer and helped Expedia become one of the world’s most successful travel companies. He led the company’s overall global product development for hotel, air, car and activities across Expedia.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Wotif and AirAsiaGo. The initiatives Kim led contributed to multiple years of double-digit growth in conversion. Kim has more than two decades of experience in search, recommendations, analytics and marketing at tier-one, venture-backed startups, medium-sized companies and globally known brands including Yahoo!, Overture, Accenture, Bank of America and Pelago.
Kim is a vocal advocate for diversity and was appointed to advise President George W. Bush on economic policies impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islander small businesses. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kim is an investor in over 30+ start-ups, TechStars and Jungle Ventures.