RVshare, an Austin, Texas-based peer-to-peer RV rental business,has named the co-founders of HomeAway, Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd, and the former chief marketing officer of Southwest Airlines, Kevin Krone, to its board of directors.
According to a press release, RVshare earlier this year hired former HomeAway Chief Revenue Officer Jon Gray as its new CEO and chairman and also received a $50 million infusion from Austin-based investment firm Tritium Partners. The new board appointees join existing board members Gray, RVshare co-founder Mark Jenney, and Tritium directors Phil Siegeland Brett Shobe.
Sharples is the former CEO of vacation rental giant HomeAway, which he founded in 2005 with Shepherd, the company’s former chief strategy and development officer. At HomeAway, they together raised over $400 million in private funding to acquire global vacation rental websites and build the world’s leading vacation rental marketplace. HomeAway went public in 2011 and was acquired by Expedia in 2015.
During his 10-plus years at HomeAway, Shepherd held numerous executive positions and played a pivotal role in the company’s global merger and acquisition and legal efforts. He sits on the board at many internet travel companies including HostelWorld PLC, Leisure Group, OnceThere LLC and Turnkey Vacation Rentals Inc.
Krone served as Southwest Airlines’ chief marketing officer, retiring in 2016 after a 25-year career with the company. At Southwest, he was laser focused on using customer insights to drive all marketing functions including branding, advertising, digital and mobile as well as product management and distribution. He also previously served on HomeAway’s board.