Meet Viator's Board of Directors & Advisors
Will Darman is a vice president of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, with more than $87.9 billion under management. Based in the firm's Washington, DC office, Will works in the small-cap leveraged buyout practice focusing on investments in the U.S. telecommunications, media, technology and business services sectors. In addition to Viator, Carlyle Group has previously invested in such online travel companies as C-Trip (Nasdaq: "CTRP"), Egencia (acquired by Expedia; Nasdaq: "EXPD") and Orizonia, the leading vertically integrated tour operator in Spain.
Prior to joining Carlyle in 2008, Will served as vice president with the leveraged finance group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Will was previously a managing director with Fairfax Partners where he focused primarily on early stage venture opportunities. Will received his master of public policy degree (M.P.P.) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his artium baccalaureus degree (A.B. or Bachelor of arts) from Harvard College with honors.
Robert E. Grady
Bob Grady is an advisor with Denver-based Cheyenne Capital. Prior to joining Cheyenne Capital in 2009, Bob was a partner and member of the Management Committee at The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. At Carlyle, Bob served as the global coordinator of venture and growth capital (which had $5 billion in assets under management), chairman and fund head of Carlyle Venture Partners I, II, and III, and on the investment committees of Carlyle Venture Partners, Carlyle Asia Growth Partners, and Carlyle Europe Technology Partners. Bob has been a director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and served as chairman from 2006 to 2007.
Prior to Carlyle, Bob was a managing director and Member of the Management Committee at Robertson Stephens & Company, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank. He served in the White House from 1989 to 1993 as deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush and as executive associate director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Previously, he was director of communications for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean and chief of staff for U.S. Representative Millicent Fenwick. In addition to his role on the Viator board, Bob is a director of Maxim Integrated Products (Nasdaq: "MXIM"), Thomas Weisel Partners Group (Nasdaq: "TWPG"), AuthenTec, Inc. (Nasdaq: "AUTH") and privately-held companies eScreen (instant drug testing), and Symbio LLC (China-based software development and testing).
Bob is an honors graduate of Harvard College and received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is based in Jackson, Wyoming.
Greg truly loves to travel, and throughout his lifetime has taken a number of extended sabbatical-type trips that amount to nearly three years of traveling. In 2002, Greg traveled for an entire year with his two young daughters and his wife, travel writer and photographer Amanda Jones. Destinations experienced (and surfed) on that journey included Mexico, Spain, Morocco, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Samoa, and New Zealand. When he wasn't catching a wave in places like Bali, Fiji, Panama or South Africa, Greg could have been found on a bamboo raft on the Mae Taeng in Thailand, or on horseback riding herd with wildebeest in Botswana. For those who share Greg's passion for the long board, he recommends any of Viator's Surfing Lessons in destinations like Sydney, Melbourne, Maui, Kauai, Orlando and Los Angeles.
Director and General Partner, TVP
John has traveled extensively for business and for pleasure. As an avid outdoorsman, some of John's most memorable experiences include fly fishing in South Island, New Zealand and windsurfing Margaret River in West Australia. Originally hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, John believes everyone should see the Scottish Highlands at least once in their life, and recommends doing so through Viator's Highland Explorer tour.