Carl Shepherd co-founded HomeAway with CEO Brian Sharples and oversees the company's worldwide corporate development efforts including mergers, acquisitions and key partnerships. For six years, Carl served as the chief operating officer of Hoover’s Online. Under his management, the business developed into a leading source for business information online, culminating in an IPO in 1999 and the eventual sale of the company to Dun & Bradstreet in March 2003. His career began as a consultant, working for what is now Accenture and establishing a practice based in the advertising industry. He also served as chief financial officer of magazine publishers Texas Monthly, Inc. and Hanley-Wood, Inc. Carl holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
What Carl looks for when choosing a holiday rental:
"We have three boys, who are five and seven years apart, so it is not a holiday for mom and dad unless we have at least three separate sleeping areas and no less than two TVs. We like roomy holiday homes with great views where the kids can spread out. Suzanne prefers not cook on holiday, but we love having kitchens available so that the kids can serve themselves breakfast as they wake up."
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Board Director
Chief Operating Officer
1997 - Jan, 2003
VP Business Development
1995 - Jan, 1997
Chief Financial Officer
1992 - Jan, 1995
1983 - Jan, 1988
1977 - Jan, 1982