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Meet our leadership team

Ben Stephenson
Ben Stephenson
Founder and CEO

Ben is the Founder and CEO of Impala, where his team is reimagining the infrastructure of travel and rebuilding it from the ground up. An engineer by training, he taught himself to code as a child.

Frustrated by the archaic tech he found in the travel sector while working as an engineer, Ben  founded Impala in 2017.

Under Ben’s leadership, Impala has been named one of Europe’s fastest-growing startups by Sifted and Otta, and has raised more than $30m from top flight investors including Lakestar, Kima Ventures, Stride.VC and Latitude. Ben is a pioneer of remote-first working, an advocate for progressive workplaces that offer flexibility and autonomy, and an angel investor in API-driven startups that align with his values.

Robin Clifford
Robin Clifford
VP of Global Supply

Robin is Impala’s VP of Global Supply.

Robin drives Impala’s global supply strategy and leads on hotel sales, partnerships and customer success.

Across his 20 years in the travel industry, Robin has developed a deep understanding of the needs of hotels — and a keen sense of what it takes for once-in-a-generation disruptors to succeed. He previously helped transform both Airbnb and Booking.com into the titans they are today.

Caroline Hudack
Caroline Hudack
Chief Marketing Officer

Caroline is Chief Marketing Officer at Impala, shaping how we engage with the global travel and tech industries.

Before Impala, Caroline was EMEA Marketing Director for Airbnb and EMEA Marketing Director for Facebook, where she was the first consumer marketer in Europe. Before moving to London, Caroline was Product Marketing Manager for News Feed in Menlo Park. 

Caroline started her career as a WPP fellow, working at a number of WPP’s marketing agencies around the world. She was also a founding member of WPP Digital.

Leigh Jenkinson
VP of Demand

Leigh is VP of Demand at Impala, focused on growing Impala’s partnerships with room sellers and travel companies globally. She joins a long list of talent from Canada who have recently entered the Impala fold.

Prior to joining Impala, Leigh headed up the retail sales division at Google-owned Nest in both the UK and EMEA regions. She also previously served as a senior business manager at Apple.

Ed Taylor
CTO

Ed is VP of Engineering at Impala. As the leader of Impala’s extensive engineering team, Ed plays a fundamental role in shaping the tech that powers Impala’s mission to rebuild the travel industry.

Originally an aerospace engineer by trade, Ed’s love for a technical challenge led him to software engineering and development. He has previously led engineering teams at both Nested and Skyscanner.