Board of Directors
Bruce D. Wardinski serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and director of Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. and previously served as Chief Executive Officer, founding chairman and director of the company’s predecessors from May 2006. From June 2002 to December 2010, Mr. Wardinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Barceló Crestline. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Wardinski was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE: CLJ). Mr. Wardinski served as a member of the Executive Commission of Barceló Corporación Empresarial of Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Wardinski was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Host Marriott Corporation (NYSE: HMT), a hotel asset management company, from 1996 to 1998. Before this appointment, he served in various other capacities with Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation from 1987 to 1996. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski formed Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: HIH), where he served as Chairman of its board of directors until the sale of the company in 2007. Prior to joining Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation, Mr. Wardinski worked for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Washington D.C., and Goodyear International in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Wardinski graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Wardinski was a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the ServiceSource Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy group representing people with disabilities. In addition, Mr. Wardinski serves on the boards of directors of DiamondRock Hospitality (NYSE: DRH), the George Mason University Foundation, Inc. and the Board of Advisors of the College of Business at James Madison University.
Mr. Byles currently serves as the Chairman of the Sagicor Group Jamaica, Ltd. Prior to being appointed Chairman, Mr. Byles served as President and CEO of the Sagicor Group from 2004 until 2017. Under his leadership as President and CEO, the Sagicor Group grew and evolved through a series of acquisitions, including Pan Caribbean Investments Limited and First Life Insurance Company Limited in 2004, the Blue Cross Jamaica health insurance portfolio in 2009, and in 2014, the banking operations of RBC Jamaica. Prior to his tenure at Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Mr. Byles was the President and CEO of Pan Jam Investment Limited (“Pan Jam”). In addition, Mr. Byles is the current Chairman of Red Stripe Jamaica (Desnoes and Geddes), a Director of Pan Jam and a member of Council of the University of the West Indies. He is the former Co-Chairman of Jamaica’s Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) which has been charged with oversight of the implementation of the International Monetary Fund Agreement with the Government of Jamaica since 2013. Mr. Byles holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of the West Indies and a MSc. in National Development from the University of Bradford, England. In June 2016, he was awarded the Doctor of Business degree.
Mr. Floyd was selected Global President of Operations of Hyatt in August 2014. In this role, Mr. Floyd is responsible for the successful operation of all Hyatt hotels globally. Mr. Floyd is also responsible for Hyatt’s global development including new management and franchise agreements. The Group Presidents for each of Hyatt’s three regions report to Mr. Floyd. Prior to his current role, Mr. Floyd was Executive Vice President, Group President-Global Operations Center at Hyatt. From January 2006 through September 2012, Mr. Floyd served as Hyatt’s Chief Operating Officer-North America. In that role he was responsible for management of Hyatt’s full-service hotels and resorts as well as the Hyatt Place and the Hyatt House brands in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In addition, he oversaw Hyatt Residential Group, Inc. (formerly known as Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc.) and the Franchise Owner Relations Group, which supports both full service and select service and extended stay franchisees. He also oversaw various corporate functions for North America, including sales, human resources, product and design, rooms, food and beverage, and engineering. Since joining Hyatt in 1981, Mr. Floyd has served in a number of other senior positions, including Executive Vice President-North America Operations and Senior Vice President of Sales, as well as various managing director and general manager roles. Mr. Floyd also serves on the Board of Directors of Kohl’s Department Store. Mr. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Richard B. Fried is a managing member and head of the real estate group at Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. (“Farallon”), an investment management company that he has been with since 1995. Before joining Farallon, he worked as a Vice President in the acquisitions department at Security Capital Industrial Trust, a real estate investment trust specializing in industrial properties. Mr. Fried also currently serves as a board member of Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. In addition, Mr. Fried served from 2008 to 2013 as a board member of Playa Hotels & Resorts, S.L., a predecessor of the Company. Mr. Fried graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Recognized as one of the most influential women in Mexico by CNN and Expansion, Gloria began her professional career in 1989 at NCR Corporation working in the Latin America, Middle East, and Africa regions. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Anahuac University and MBA from Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.
Since 1995 she has worked for the travel industry, starting at the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Holdings, she was later CEO of JV Sabre Mexico reporting to a board of directors from Aeromexico, Mexicana, and Sabre.
In March 2010 President Calderon appointed her as Minister of Tourism and two weeks after she was given in addition the full responsibility of the Mexican Tourism Board. Under her leadership the “National Agreement for Tourism” in Mexico was created and signed on 28 February 2011.
Gloria received the Good Neighbor Award from the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Virtuoso awarded Mexico the best tourism board in the world due to her successful branding and repositioning efforts. In addition, Gloria has been Special Advisor on Government Affairs to Harvard University, and part of the Future for Travel, Tourism and Aviation Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Daniel J. Hirsch currently serves as a consultant to Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. (“FCM”) with respect to its investment in Playa. Mr. Hirsch joined Farallon Partners, L.L.C. and FCM in 2003, was a Managing Director from 2007 to 2009, and was a Managing Member, Real Estate, from 2009 through December 2016. Since June of 2018, Mr. Hirsch has served on the board of directors of the Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC). Previously, Mr. Hirsch worked as an associate in the San Francisco office of the law firm Covington & Burling. Mr. Hirsch also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. Mr. Hirsch graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D., and Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College.
Hal Stanley Jones serves as Chief Financial Officer of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), a diversified education and media company. From 1989 until 2013, Mr. Jones worked in various capacities at The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), an American daily newspaper, the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C. From January 2009 to September 2013, he served as the Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From January 2008 to December 2009 he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan Professional, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kaplan International, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. Prior to joining The Washington Post Company, Mr. Jones worked for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) from 1977 to 1988. Mr. Jones also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. In addition, Mr. Jones serves on the board of directors of Studio Theatre, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Tom Klein is the former president and CEO of Sabre Corporation, a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry headquartered in Southlake, Texas. Sabre provides a broad suite of innovative technology to airlines, hotels, travel agencies and travel management organizations. He retired from Sabre at the end of December 2016 following 28 years with the company. Prior to taking the helm of Sabre as President in 2010 and additionally as CEO in 2013, Mr. Klein served in a number of leadership roles at Sabre, including group president of Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. His first role with Sabre was leading a Sabre joint venture in Mexico. Before joining Sabre, Mr. Klein held sales, marketing, and operations roles at American Airlines and Consolidated Freightways, Inc. In 2006 and 2007, he was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the industry’s “25 Most Influential Executives.” Mr. Klein is currently a Managing Partner at Certares Management LLC and serves on the board of directors of Cedar Fair Entertainment. He also sits on the board of trustees at Villanova University. In 2010, he was appointed to the board of directors of Brand USA by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and completed his board service in 2017 as Chairman of the Board. He was previously a member of the executive committee for the World Travel & Tourism Council (2009-2016) and was appointed to the U.S. President’s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa. Mr. Klein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Villanova School of Business in 1984.
Elizabeth Lieberman has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, and served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Crestline Hotels”) and Barceló Crestline from 2004 until retiring in 2006. She provided consulting services to Crestline Hotels during 2006 to 2008, and returned as Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in 2009 until her retirement in 2012. As General Counsel at Crestline Hotels, she provided a hands-on approach to executive leadership and legal oversight of corporate, finance, owner relations and hotel operations matters. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel in 2004, she served as Associate General Counsel for Crestline Hotels and Barceló from 2002 to 2004, and Crestline Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2002, prior to its acquisition by Barceló. Ms. Lieberman was an Assistant General Counsel at Host Marriott, heading up the law department’s asset management division, from 1995 until the spin-off of Crestline Capital Corporation by Host Marriott in 1998. Before joining Host Marriott, she served as attorney on the hotel acquisitions/development and hotel operations legal teams at Marriott International (formerly known as Marriott Corporation) from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Lieberman worked at the Washington D.C. law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton from 1985 to 1988. Ms. Lieberman earned a B.S. degree in Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar Association.
Karl Peterson served as the President and CEO of Pace Holdings Corp., one of Playa’s predecessor companies, since its inception. Mr. Peterson is a Senior Partner of TPG Global, LLC (“TPG”) and is the Managing Partner of TPG Permanent Capital Solutions. From 2010-2016 he was Managing Partner of TPG Europe LLP and sits on the Executive Committee of TPG. Since joining TPG in 2004, Mr. Peterson has led investments for TPG in technology, media, financial services and travel sectors. Prior to 2004, he was a co-founder and the president and chief executive officer of Hotwire.com, a disruptive travel distribution company. He led the business from its launch through its sale to IAC/ InterActiveCorp for $685 million in 2003. Before founding Hotwire, Mr. Peterson was a principal at TPG in San Francisco, and from 1992 to 1995 he was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Peterson currently serves on the board of Sabre Corporation, Caesars Acquisition Company, Victoria Plum Ltd, TSL Education Group Ltd. and Saxo Bank A/S. Mr. Peterson also served on the board of Caesars Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2013 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. from 2008 to 2016. Mr. Peterson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree with High Honors.
Arturo Sarukhan has served as President of Sarukhan & Associates LLC since April 2014. Mr. Sarukhan was the Chairman of Global Solutions, a strategy consulting firm, from 2013 to 2014, and prior to this he was a career Mexican diplomat, recently serving as Mexican Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Sarukhan previously served as Mexico’s Consul General from 2003 to 2006, was the foreign policy coordinator of Felipe Calderon’s presidential campaign and transition team in 2006 and was designated chief of Policy Planning to Mexico’s secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Sarukhan served in the Embassy of Mexico to the United States, where he was in charge of the embassy’s Office of Antinarcotics from 1995 to 2000 and served as the Mexican ambassador’s chief of staff from 1993 to 1995, during the NAFTA negotiations. In 1991, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for Inter-American Affairs, representing Mexico at the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean and from 1988 to 1989, Mr. Sarukhan served as the executive secretary of the Commission for the Future of Mexico-U.S. Relations, a non-governmental initiative funded by the Ford Foundation created to recast the relationship between the two countries. Mr. Sarukhan is a director of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Americas Society, Aid for Aids International and The Washington Performing Arts Society. Mr. Sarukhan graduated from El Colegio de México with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in International Relations and received a Master’s degree in U.S. Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. Mr. Sarukhan has also taught several courses at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the National Defense College, the Inter-American Defense College and the National Defense University of the United States.
Mr. Zacca has served as the President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Ltd. since May 2017. The Sagicor Group is the leading provider of life and health insurance, pension and annuities products in Jamaica and the owner of one of the largest Commercial Banks in Jamaica. Through funds the Sagicor Group manages, it is also the largest owner of commercial property and one of Jamaica’s major hotel owners. From 2012 until joining the Sagicor Group, Mr. Zacca was self-employed as a private investor. In addition, he was elected and served as the President of The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (“PSOJ”) from June 2012 until December 2014. He had previously served as President of the PSOJ from December 2006 until June 2009. In addition, Mr. Zacca held the position of Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jamaica from September 2009 until December 2011. Among his key areas of responsibility were advising the Prime Minister on a range of policy issues including the economy, business, and energy. He has also served a variety of roles in the private sector during his career, including as a director of Sandals Resorts from 1997 until 2009, and Deputy Chairman and CEO of Air Jamaica Limited from 1998 until 2004. He has received the National Honour of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander from the Governor General of Jamaica for “invaluable contribution to the Private and Public Sectors.” Mr. Zacca has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida.