Larry D. De Shon assumed the title of president and chief operating officer on October 1, 2015. Effective, January 1, 2016, Mr. De Shon will be chief executive officer, Avis Budget Group, succeeding Ronald L. Nelson who has held the position since 2006.
Mr. De Shon was previously president, International, Avis Budget Group. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the Company’s Avis, Budget, Zipcar, Payless, Maggiore and Apex businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. De Shon joined Avis Budget Group in 2006 and has previously overseen the Company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as president, EMEA and operations in the United States as executive vice president, domestic operations.
Before joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. De Shon was senior vice president of airport operations at United Airlines, Inc. As the head of United’s worldwide airport operations, he oversaw ground operations, logistics, safety, security, customer processing and service, product development and internal communications, leading an organization of 23,000 employees in 29 countries. He began his 28-year career with the airline carrier as a customer service representative and advanced to hold numerous positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure.
He received bachelor degrees in both communications and sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
David B. Wyshner is senior executive vice president and global chief financial officer of Avis Budget Group. In this role, he is responsible for all company financial activities, as well as overseeing the Company’s mergers and acquisitions, information technology, properties and corporate communications functions.
Effective January 1, 2016, Mr. Wyshner will become the Company’s president and chief financial officer. In his expanded role, Mr. Wyshner will assume global responsibility for Avis Budget Group’s strategy, licensing and integration of its integrated demand/fleet/pricing system, in addition to his current responsibilities.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wyshner was executive vice president and treasurer of Cendant Corporation, Avis Budget Group’s predecessor company. Mr. Wyshner joined Cendant in 1999 and, before being appointed treasurer, served as Cendant’s executive vice president for finance, planning and development. In this role, he had enterprise-wide responsibility for budgeting, capital planning, analysis of business plans, and integration planning for potential acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Prior to joining Cendant, Mr. Wyshner worked for eight years in Merrill Lynch & Co.’s investment banking division, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Wyshner received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Yale University and his master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.
Joe Ferraro is president, Americas, for Avis Budget Group. In this role, he is responsible for the Company's Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar brands in North and South America, including Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Ferraro was previously senior vice president of operations, North America, where he oversaw all Avis and Budget car and truck rental operations in the United States and Canada, including airport and local market locations. He has more than 30 years of experience with Avis Budget Group, holding various positions of increasing responsibility.
Mr. Ferraro holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. He is based in Parsippany, N.J.
Mark Servodidio is president, International. In this role, he is responsible for leading the international region, which includes Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Servodidio was previously managing director, Europe. He has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the region since being named executive vice president for franchise and corporate services in EMEA in 2013, advancing to managing director of the Company’s operations in northern Europe in May 2014 before being named head of Europe.
Prior to joining Avis Budget’s EMEA senior leadership team, Mr. Servodidio served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Avis Budget Group, and was responsible for worldwide human resources and for overseeing properties and facilities, airport concession agreements, environmental compliance and supplier diversity.
Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Servodidio held leadership positions at Kraft Foods and PepsiCo.
Mr. Servodidio received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sciences Degrees from Villanova University.
Scott Deaver is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Avis Budget Group. In this role, he is responsible for leading the global marketing and customer experience functions of all of the Company’s brands — Avis, Budget, Zipcar, Payless, Maggiore and Apex.
Mr. Deaver was previously executive vice president and chief strategy and development officer. In this role, he was responsible for driving the strategic planning process for the Company in addition to overseeing initiatives to create operational efficiency and revenue growth.
He has more than 25 years of service with Avis Budget Group and its predecessor company, Cendant Corporation. During his tenure, he held various positions of increasing responsibility, including roles in marketing, strategy, revenue management, decision technology, licensing, car sharing and emerging markets.
Mr. Deaver earned a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South.
Michael K. Tucker is executive vice president and general counsel for Avis Budget Group. In his position Mr. Tucker is responsible for the legal affairs of the Company, including management of its franchising and other contracts, litigation, government relations and information security.
Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Tucker was in private practice serving as managing partner at the law firm of Tucker Associates, and of counsel to the law firm of Lowe & Savage, where he represented private and public entities, handling corporate, securities, finance and commercial transaction matters. His long tenure as a corporate attorney includes service as division general counsel with Tyco International, Ltd. Mr. Tucker also served in senior legal positions with General Electric Company, including division senior counsel of GE Transportation and senior vice president and general counsel of GE Capital International Services. Before working as a corporate attorney, Mr. Tucker was a member of the law firms of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Bingham Dana LLP, and Csaplar & Bok.
Mr. Tucker received his Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.
Gerard Insall was named executive vice president and chief information officer in January 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the management of all facets of Information Technology (IT) for Avis Budget Group and its brand operations. These include: enterprise applications, IT operations, networks, architecture and IT strategy.
Mr. Insall was previously senior vice president and chief information officer, and prior to that, he served as vice president of IT operations where he led the segregation of IT systems when Cendant Corporation separated its division into stand-alone companies and created Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Mr. Insall has held various management positions working with Cendant Corporation, Avis Rent A Car, WizCom International LTD and Resorts Condominium International. His positions have been in the areas of application development, business systems management, project management, relationship management, and IT operations.
Mr. Insall has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint John’s University in New York.
Ned Linnen was appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) in January 2015. In this role, he oversees Avis Budget Group's global human resources activities including organizational development, labor and employee relations, talent acquisition and diversity strategies, total rewards strategies, equal employment compliance, health and safety, and employee engagement initiatives.
Mr. Linnen was previously senior vice president and CHRO. He joined Avis Budget Group in 2001, and since then has held positions of increased responsibility, including senior vice president of human resources for North America, vice president of labor relations, vice president international human resources, vice president domestic human resources, and field human resources director.
Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Linnen served in various positions within human resources at Kraft Foods Inc. and Nabisco, Inc.
Mr. Linnen has a Master of Science degree in organizational development from Misericordia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources and psychology from King’s College.