Management

Matt Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Roberts joined OpenTable in June 2005 as chief financial officer and was appointed to the role of president and chief executive officer in June 2011. During Mr. Roberts' tenure at OpenTable, the company has grown from 3,000 installed restaurants to more than 32,000 installed restaurants, and from just under 14 million cumulative seated diners to more than 700 million.

Prior to OpenTable, Mr. Roberts served for more than four years as Chief Financial Officer of E-LOAN. At E-LOAN, Matt led the infrastructure development to support its successful transition into a public company, overseeing the company's finance, accounting, legal and regulatory compliance departments.

Prior to E-LOAN, Matt served as Corporate Controller for NetDynamics, an enterprise software company. At NetDynamics, Matt built the financial team and processes that enabled the company to scale. Sun Microsystems purchased NetDynamics in 1998, yielding a substantial return to investors.

Previously, Matt held a General Manager position with Berkeley Systems, a consumer entertainment software company. As General Manager, he oversaw all aspects of the company's core screensaver products and led the transition from software to an online business model.  In addition to OpenTable, Matt serves on the Board of Directors of Quantcast and Xoom.

Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Michael Dodson

Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Restaurant Relations

Michael Dodson joined OpenTable in 2002 with more than 16 years of sales, management, marketing and operations experience from American Express and The Destination Group, a private equity investment firm.

As the vice president of the Establishment Services Division, Western Region at American Express, Michael had responsibility for marketplace and merchant development for American Express card services across thirteen western states. He successfully developed and deployed market ownership strategies to recapture leadership positions in key industries and markets throughout the west. During his 14-year tenure at American Express, Michael held positions of increasing responsibility in business and consumer product management, marketing, sales, business development, planning, and technology.

Most recently, Michael served as a principal at The Destination Group, where he was responsible for asset management and leading value added marketing and business development strategies across The Destination Group's network of investment companies and strategic partners.

Michael received a BS in Finance from Florida State University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School. He has served on the boards of the California Travel Industry Association and the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Joseph Essas

Chief Technology Officer
Prior to joining OpenTable in 2012, Joseph Essas served as the Chief Technology Officer for eHarmony where he was responsible for overseeing and guiding the technical development, operation and growth of the company. Previously, Mr. Essas served as Vice President of Engineering of Yahoo! where he managed engineering teams for the search marketing division. Mr. Essas attended Jerusalem College of Technology.

Scott Jampol

Senior Vice President, Marketing

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.

Ilse Kamps

Senior Vice President, International Expansion

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.  

Jocelyn Mangan

Senior Vice President, Product Management

Jocelyn leads the product vision, strategy and development for all OpenTable consumer and restaurant products across platforms. She oversees a talented team of product managers and experience designers who spend time creating products diners and restaurants love. She is responsible for defining product focus for North America and international markets.

Jocelyn has been with OpenTable since 2005. Prior to that she managed a range of consumer products, at CitySearch and Ticketmaster. She received her BA in English from Vanderbilt.

John Orta

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
John Orta joined OpenTable in December 2006 as its General Counsel and leads the company's legal team. Orta played a significant role in the company's initial and secondary public offerings which both took place during 2009.

Orta joined OpenTable from Wells Fargo Bank where he specialized in investments of automotive financing portfolios, overseeing nearly $3 billion in transactions. Before that, Orta served as vice president of legal affairs & business development at Fourth Fleet Financial. Previously, Orta was corporate counsel at E-LOAN. Prior to E-LOAN, Orta was with the law firm of Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, concentrating on intellectual property and business litigation matters.

Orta holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and a M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Catherine Porter

Vice President, Corporate & Business Development

Catherine Porter joined OpenTable in 2013. She has experience in international expansion, business development, and marketing, most recently at LinkedIn, where she was responsible for launching and leading LinkedIn Japan. Catherine enjoys expanding a company’s presence worldwide according to its mission, vision, and strategic objectives for connecting its users to its core products and services.

Prior to LinkedIn, Catherine was a member of the investment team at Garnett & Helfrich Capital, a technology venture-buyout firm. Her prior work experience also includes international expansion and operations roles at leading consumer and enterprise companies, including Google and Oracle. In addition to her global experience, she has eight years work experience in Japan.

Catherine graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in Asian Studies, including a Japanese language concentration.

Michael Xenakis

General Manager of OpenTable Europe

Mike Xenakis joined OpenTable in 2000 and spent his first 12 years with the Company running the product management organization. In June 2012, he was appointed to the role of Managing Director of OpenTable Europe. During Mike's tenure, he has driven the release of multiple versions of the OpenTable software solution for restaurants, the consumer websites – OpenTable.com and toptable.com – and portfolio of mobile solutions.

Prior to OpenTable Mike worked for The Clorox Company engaged in marketing efforts for a set of product lines in the Armor All division as well as driving new product development efforts within the brand. Before joining The Clorox Company, Mike served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and held the position of captain. During his military career, he served as a flight commander at the 6931 Electronic Security Squadron in Crete, Greece and as an intelligence staff officer at the National Security Agency in Washington D.C. While stationed in Washington D.C., Mike was selected to represent the Air Force as a White House military social aide.

He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.