Carl Sparks has been a director of Avis Budget Group since April 2018. Mr. Sparks was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Academic Partnerships, an online service provider for higher education, from 2016 to 2017. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Sparks was the Chief Executive Officer of Travelocity Global.
Mr. Sparks was also employed by Gilt Groupe, serving as its Chief Marketing Officer in 2009 and its President from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Gilt Groupe, Mr. Sparks served in a variety of leadership roles at Expedia Inc. from 2004 to 2009, including as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Retail Operations at Hotels.com from 2004 to 2006, Chief Marketing Officer at Expedia.com from 2006 to 2007, and General Manager at Hotels.com USA, Latin America & Canada from 2008 to 2009. Earlier, Mr. Sparks served as Vice President of Direct Business and Brand at Capital One Financial Corp., and also served in senior marketing and strategy roles at Guinness & Co., PepsiCo Inc., and The Boston Consulting Group.
Mr. Sparks has been a director of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. since 2013. Mr. Sparks is also currently serving as a director of ActionIQ, Inc., an enterprise software company.
Mr. Sparks received a B.S. in Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.