We love what can happen around the restaurant table.

Our story

Date night… birthday dinner… business lunch… brunch with old friends… Our mobile apps and websites help people find the table for every occasion. And our hospitality solutions for restaurants help them stay filled with happy customers. We’ve been transforming dining reservations since 1998, and we’re more excited than ever about the services we’re building for diners and restaurants. Our 600 plus colleagues around the world are dedicated to making it even easier to find the perfect restaurant – and experience great times around the table – wherever they may be.

OpenTable is a proud supporter of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is working to ensure that children get the healthy food they need, every day

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Leaders

Our leadership team brings deep expertise in product development, relationship building and management across a broad range of industries.

Matthew Roberts

President and CEO

Karen Barker

VP, Customer Experience

Michael Dodson

SVP, Sales

Joseph Essas

Chief Technology Officer

Scott Jampol

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Matthew Roberts

President and Chief Executive Officer

Matt cannot resist ordering a thick-cut smoked pork chop with apple chutney.

At the head of our table, CEO Matthew provides the strategy and vision for our business, and leads our growth and operations to ensure that our products and services help create a growing number of excellent dining experiences.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as OpenTable’s CFO for six years, during which time the number of our restaurant partners increased by a factor of seven, and grew to more than 200 million cumulative seated diners. He led us through an initial public offering in 2009. Before joining OpenTable, Matthew served in financial and management leadership positions for E-Loan, NetDynamics, and Berkeley Systems.  He is a director of Xoom and Quantcast, is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Karen Barker

Vice President, Customer Experience

Karen agrees with Julia Child, who called dining with friends and family “one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.”

A talented leader with expertise in customer care, Karen puts the customer at the center of everything she does and is passionately dedicated to making each customer an engaged loyalist of OpenTable. She and her team work to attract, motivate, develop, and retain talented people who are dedicated to delivering excellent service to every OpenTable customer.

Before joining OpenTable in 2013, Karen built and led community and technical support operations for enterprises all around the world, from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. Karen has been responsible for strategic design, implementation, and long-term management of community, customer care, and technical support teams at The Walt Disney Company, eHarmony, Sprint, and Restoration Hardware. Most recently, Karen was Vice President of Trust, Safety, and Community for SKOUT, where she led community, customer care, trust, and safety operations for domestic and international businesses. A California native, Karen attended the California State University at Chico.

Michael Dodson

SVP, Sales

Although Mike enjoys dining at the best restaurants worldwide, he continues his epic search for the perfect croque-monsieur.

Mike is responsible for our worldwide restaurant network development, and leads our global sales and account management teams.

He developed his sales, management, marketing and operations experience through numerous leadership roles at American Express and at the private equity investment firm The Destination Group, where he was responsible for asset management and business development. At OpenTable since 2002, Mike has a BS from Florida State University and an MBA from NYU.

Joseph Essas

  
Chief Technology Officer

Joseph keeps kosher, and claims to have eaten at 80% of the kosher restaurants in America.

Joseph is responsible for the development, operation, and growth of our products, driving collaboration and engineering initiatives to ensure that OpenTable’s hardware and software solutions continue to exceed the expectations of diners and restaurants.

He brings more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, and has led our team of engineers and technologists since 2012. Prior to joining OpenTable, Joseph was the CTO for eHarmony, the Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo!, and technologist at Overture, Idealab, and tickets.com. He currently serves as a Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital. Joseph studied at Jerusalem College of Technology.

Scott Jampol

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Scott’s perfect night out involves a round 6-top table with family and/or friends, being served family style (Lazy Susan optional) with plenty of beverages to keep the conversation flowing.

Scott Jampol joined OpenTable in 2008. During Scott's tenure, OpenTable has grown its network from 10,000 restaurant customers to more than 32,000 and from seating 3 million diners each month to seating more than 15 million per month. In addition to helping diners discover and book the perfect restaurant table and helping restaurants grow their businesses, Scott oversees marketing efforts behind OpenTable mobile apps and mobile payments.

Prior to OpenTable, Scott co-founded and served as Vice President of Marketing for Hark.com, a start-up company that distributes multimedia clips online and via mobile devices. Prior to Right Sized Media, Scott spent five years at Yahoo!, where he held several key roles including marketing director for Yahoo! Travel. In this role, he helped drive website visitors to book air, car, hotel and travel packages. Among his accomplishments, Scott helped grow Yahoo!’s user-generated review submissions and nurture a robust online travel community.

Scott earned his BA at Bucknell University and his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jocelyn Mangan

VP, Consumer Product Management

John Orta

SVP and General Counsel

Catherine Porter

VP, Corporate & Business Development

Michael Xenakis

Managing Director, OpenTable Europe

Ilse Kamps

SVP, International Expansion

Jocelyn Mangan

VP, Consumer Product Management

If Jocelyn had to pick a favorite meal, it would be a perfect rib eye steak with a fat glass of red wine.

Jocelyn manages the team responsible for the consumer product experience at OpenTable. Since 2005, she has overseen the growth of our consumer products in the US, internationally, and across mobile platforms.

Her experience includes managing a range of consumer products, including CitySearch, where she worked as a local restaurant editor and as a Content Director on the national team. Jocelyn was Director of Content and Product at Ticketmaster, where she helped win the ticketing contract for the 2004 Olympics and deliver the online ticketing services. She received her BA in English from Vanderbilt.

John Orta

SVP and General Counsel

John cannot resist ordering anything on a menu described as “juicy”, and secretly aspires to star on the Food Network.

The leader of the OpenTable legal team, John advises and supports executive and operational management on all legal matters.

John has more than 20 years of in-house and national law firm experience working with high-tech companies, counseling both internal and external clients on corporate, intellectual property, employment, privacy and commercial law issues.  John has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Catherine Porter

VP, Corporate & Business Development

Catherine, a Kentucky native, loves sharing food with family and friends. She is known for serving a meal in which every dish contains bourbon.

Catherine is dedicated to expanding the OpenTable presence worldwide. With OpenTable since 2013, she focuses on new business development and expanding consumer businesses around the world.

Having worked since 2000 with companies and teams in Japan, Asia Pacific, and Europe, much of Catherine's career has focused on international expansion with companies such as LinkedIn, Google, and Oracle. She also spent four years in venture capital. Catherine has a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia.

Michael Xenakis

Managing Director, OpenTable Europe

Mike has eaten dinner at the White House a number of times, but has yet to make an online reservation there.

Based in our London office, Mike oversees OpenTable’s business operations throughout Europe to ensure growth and profitability.

Before taking on this role in 2012, Mike was responsible for product management at OpenTable for 12 years, during which time he managed multiple releases of our restaurant software solutions, the consumer websites, and our mobile portfolio. He has also served in marketing and product development roles at Clorox, and as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was a flight commander at the 6931st Electronic Security Squadron in Crete Greece, worked as an intelligence staff officer at the NSA and served as a military social aide at the White House. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ilse Kamps

SVP, International Expansion

Ilse enjoys long evenings surrounded by friends and family sharing food and wine

Ilse joined OpenTable in 2014 and she is dedicated to expanding OpenTable’s presence worldwide.

After graduating with a degree in technical business engineering in Amsterdam, Ilse joined Booking.com early 2004 as a Technical Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships. Over the following ten years Ilse worked in a number of management and strategic roles including Strategic Partnerships Product Manager, Connectivity Manager within the Hotels Department, and finally, Director of Strategic Partnerships.

In March 2012, Ilse was appointed Director of Customer Service for Booking.com, where she was responsible for the company’s international Customer Service operation.

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