Mr. Jonathan Poulin
Non Executive Chairman
Mr. Poulin serves as the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Poulin has over 20 years of operating and investing experience and is a serial entrepreneur who changed the luxury travel industry landscape with his company Luxury Retreats. Mr. Poulin began designing websites for small businesses at the age 15 out of his bedroom in Montreal before launching Luxury Retreats in 1999 at the age of 17. Luxury Retreats’ application of technology and dedicated villa specialists help guests find the perfect villa fit, coupled with concierge services and a 24/7 guest support team. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer until its sale to Airbnb in February of 2017. After the transaction, Mr. Poulin continued to run Luxury Retreats and lead Airbnb’s newly formed global luxury business, reporting directly to CEO Brian Chesky. While at Airbnb, Mr. Poulin continued to build and expand the luxury offering.
In recognition for his achievements and entrepreneurial successes, Mr. Poulin was nominated in 2012 as one of Canada’s Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. Mr. Poulin now manages his family office, JPK Capital, which has made early investments in start-up companies including Lightspeed POS Inc., Wheels Up, Sonder, Skillz, Draftkings, Palantir, Zwift and Loanpal, among many others. In addition to serving as Chairman of the board of directors for Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited he also sits on the board of advisors of Wheels Up.