Libbie Rice | Co-President
Rice was appointed co-president of Ensemble Travel Group in January 2011. Her professional background in the travel industry spans more than 15 years, including key roles in the areas of customer relationship management and revenue management at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Eos Airlines, and GetThere (a Sabre Company). Just prior to joining Ensemble Travel Group, Rice was vice president of marketing for Voyage.tv. Over the years, she gained a reputation as an astute and forward thinker in such critical areas as quantitative marketing, revenue management, CRM, and information and social media technologies. She currently serves on the Globus Advisory Board and various ASTA board committees/groups.
Rice holds an MBA from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley. She currently lives in Manhattan. Her passion for travel has led Rice to live in Australia, Belgium, and Hong Kong. She tends to weave in adventurous activities while traveling: summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, canyoning in Slovenia, hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro and, of course, bungee jumping with Ensemble members in Whistler.
Lindsay Pearlman | Co-President
After serving as executive vice president and general manager of Ensemble Canada for four years, Pearlman was appointed co-president of Ensemble Travel Group in January 2011. Prior to joining Ensemble, he held a number of progressive positions at American Express, including director and general manager, travel services network, and served at General Electric in Calgary, where he was responsible for Western Canada’s Fleet Services division. Pearlman excels at building solid relationships as well as marketing, finance, and sales development. He currently serves on several industry advisory boards, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA).
Pearlman is a graduate of Toronto’s York University with a degree in International Relations. Currently residing in Toronto, he has been fortunate to be part of amazing travel opportunities, among them discovering Amazonian jungles, witnessing sunsets in Hong Kong, exploring the vast art collections at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, and sampling fine wines in the south of France in the company of Ensemble members
Don Kennedy | Vice President of Business Development, North America
Kennedy joined Ensemble Travel Group in April 2015. He oversees new member growth and retention in the U.S. and Canada and manages a sales team aligned to deliver value to its shareholders and preferred partners. Kennedy’s more than 25 years in the industry include executive positions, both nationally and globally, with such well-known leisure and corporate agencies as Toronto-based Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), TRAVELSAVERS, Travel Leaders Associate Division (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel), Travel and Transport, and AAA.
Much of Kennedy’s managerial style has been shaped by completing the highly regarded “Leadership at the Peak” curriculum at the Center of Creative Leadership, a program designed to help top leaders perform at maximum levels and accelerate organizational goals. He and his wife Rita live in the Minneapolis area and have two sons in college. They are avid boaters and world travelers with Cuba and Moscow on his wish list in the not-too-distant future. He also enjoys playing an occasional round of golf.
Georganne Shirk | Vice President of Marketing
In late December 2012, Shirk joined Ensemble Travel Group, in the newly created position of vice president, marketing. She is responsible for the overall North American and Australia-New Zealand marketing strategy – and its complementary products and campaigns – including print, email, web-based initiatives and public relations. With more than a decade of executive experience in the consumer products industry, Shirk has managed such diverse brands as Skippy Peanut Butter, Slim-Fast, L’Oreal Skin Care and Hair Care, Aqua Velva, and Dixie Cups and Plates. She has led multi-million-dollar brand positioning and fully integrated marketing campaigns, garnering multiple industry and corporate awards and driving double-digit ROI gains.
Shirk earned an MBA in Marketing, Finance, and Multinational Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in English from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She resides in Manhattan. Her most exciting travel adventures: swimming with piranhas in the Amazon, caving in China, and zip-lining with Ensemble members in Costa Rica.