Former COO for Orbitz joins board of directors


PARK CITY, Utah – has welcomed Michael Sands, former chief operating officer of Orbitz Worldwide, to the company’s board of directors.

Sands has more than 15 years of executive leadership and marketing experience. He served as chief marketing officer at Orbitz through the company’s launch and initial public offering. After the sale of Orbitz to Cendant in 2004, Sands took the role of chief operating officer, a position he held through the company’s spinoff to Blackstone in 2006. Sands currently works in private equity making investments in travel and e-commerce.

“Mike has a tremendous amount of online travel experience, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of’s board of directors,” said Julian Castelli,’s CEO. “Like Mike, our company is very focused on innovation, and we think his insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide us on our mission of building the largest online marketplace of professionally managed vacation rental properties.”

“I admire for addressing one of the final, unmet needs in online travel – creating a single, online source for booking all professionally-managed, vacation rentals,” said Michael Sands. “I’m looking forward to working with Julian and the board to help with all the amazing things the company has planned.”

Before Orbitz, Sands held senior marketing positions at General Motors, Giant Step, and Leo Burnett. He also sits on the board of public company,