Meet our team
We are proud of the diverse, customer and employee focused team we have assembled to drive our organization forward today and in the years to come.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Joe Ferraro was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Avis Budget Group in June 2020, following a six-month period as interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to this, Mr. Ferraro served as President, Americas, for Avis Budget Group. In this role, Mr. Ferraro was responsible for the Company’s Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar brands in North and South America, including Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Ferraro was previously Senior Vice President of Operations, North America, where he oversaw all Avis and Budget car and truck rental operations in the United States and Canada, including airport and local market locations. He has 40 years of experience with Avis Budget Group, holding various positions of increasing responsibility.
Mr. Ferraro holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Brian Choi was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Avis Budget Group in August 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Choi served on the Board of Directors of the Company from January 2016 to 2020. Mr. Choi was a partner at SRS Investment Management, LLC and certain of its affiliates and served in various roles at SRS from 2008 to 2020. Previously, Mr. Choi served as an analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Choi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Keith Rankin is President of International, at Avis Budget Group. In this role, he is responsible for overall leadership of the company’s international region, which includes Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Rankin joined the Company in June 2019 from Barloworld in South Africa, where he held the position of Chief Executive for the automotive division since March 2015. Barloworld is a distributor of leading global brands, providing integrated rental, fleet management, product support and logistics solutions – and a licensee partner of Avis Budget Group.
Mr. Rankin began his career at Avis in 1998 and was appointed Chief Executive of Avis Car Rental Southern Africa in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of car rental, part of Barloworld’s automotive division that included southern Africa and Scandinavian car rental operations.
Mr. Rankin holds B.Com and B.Com (Honors) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, AMERICAS
Izzy Martins was named Executive Vice President, Americas, for Avis Budget Group in June 2020. In this role, Ms. Martins is responsible for the Company’s Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar brands in North and South America, including Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prior to this role, Ms. Martins held various strategic and financial roles with the Company, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Americas, from 2014 to 2020; Senior Vice President and Acting Chief Accounting Officer from 2010 to 2014; and Vice President of Tax from 2006 to 2010.
Ms. Martins was Director of Tax Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions of Cendant Corporation (as the Company was formerly known) from 2004 through 2006. Prior to joining the Company, she served Deloitte & Touche LLP for seven years.
Ms. Martins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Ned Linnen has been Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer since January 2015. In this role, he oversees Avis Budget Group’s global human resources activities including: organizational development, labor and employee relations, talent acquisition and diversity strategies, total rewards strategies, equal employment compliance, health and safety, and employee engagement initiatives.
Mr. Linnen joined Avis Budget Group in 2001, and has since held positions of increased responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for North America, Vice President of Labor Relations, Vice President of International Human Resources, Vice President of Domestic Human Resources, and Field Human Resources Director.
Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Linnen served in various positions within human resources at Kraft Foods Inc. and Nabisco, Inc.
Mr. Linnen holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from Misericordia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and Psychology from King’s College.
CHIEF DIGITAL & INNOVATION OFFICER
Ravi Simhambhatla was named Executive Vice President, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer for Avis Budget Group in July 2022. In this role, Mr. Simhambhatla leads Avis Budget Group’s global technology organization.
Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Simhambhatla served in various technical leadership roles at Google, United Airlines, Air Lingus, and Tesla Motors.
Mr. Simhambhatla has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Richmond College located in the United Kingdom.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL, CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
& CORPORATE SECRETARY
Jean Sera is the Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, a role she assumed in March 2020. In this role, Ms. Sera is responsible for the Company’s global Legal Department, which includes the Compliance function.
Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Sera held the title of Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary from August 2006 and also held the title of Global Program Manager from August 2016-March 2020. Previously, Ms. Sera was a Vice President in the Legal Department of Cendant Corporation (as the Company was formerly known) from January 2002 to August 2006 where she supported the Finance function. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Sera was an associate with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York.
Ms. Sera has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a JD from Boston University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE FINANCE, & TREASURER
David Calabria was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, & Treasurer in July 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the Company’s Treasury, Investor Relations, Accounting, Transformation, Tax, and Internal Audit functions.
Mr. Calabria joined Avis Budget Group in 2004 as a member of the Treasury team and held roles of increasing responsibility throughout the finance organization, including Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from 2014 to 2019 and Vice President and Assistant Treasurer from 2011 to 2014.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Calabria worked as a Vice President in ABS Conduit Administration at JPMorgan Chase and as an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
A CPA, Mr. Calabria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Notre Dame.
Meet a few members of our broader leadership team
Senior Vice President of Sales
Inderpal S. Lall
Legal Director, International
Vice President, Global Financial
Planning & Analysis
Vice President, Fleet Services – International
Vice President, Global Licensees
Vice President, Human Resources,
Vice President, Properties
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, International
Vice President, Ancillary Revenue and Customer Service
Managing Director, Southern Europe
(Italy, Portugal and Spain)
Senior Vice President, Global Risk Management & Procurement
Area Vice President,
Southeast United States
Vice President and Chief
Chief Financial Officer,