Executive Management

Mark Wang, President and CEO

Mark Wang is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). Mr. Wang has served as Executive Vice President and President, Hilton Grand Vacations for Hilton Worldwide since March 2008 and oversees all of Hilton Worldwide’s global timeshare operations. Mr. Wang was appointed to this role after serving as Head of HGV Asia. He first joined the company in 1999 as Managing Director of Hawaii and Asia Pacific and has held a series of senior management positions within HGV.

During Mr. Wang’s time as President of HGV, he also served on Hilton Worldwide’s executive committee as Executive Vice President and held a dual role as President of Global Sales for the hotel division from 2013 to 2014. He also led Hilton Worldwide’s Asia-Pacific Islander Team Member Resource Group.

While leading HGV, the division has experienced eight years of consecutive growth while transforming the business to a capital efficient model. With 35 years of industry experience, Mr. Wang has earned a reputation as an innovator who brought new, highly effective sales and marketing techniques to the industry. In 1987 he introduced the U.S. vacation ownership product to the Japanese market.

Prior to joining HGV, Mr. Wang co-founded three independent timeshare companies, where he served as President and COO of each.

Mr. Wang serves on the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, previously served as Vice Chairperson for ARDA Hawaii, and is ARDA’s Chair-Elect for 2017.

Jeff Bernier, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, APAC & Hawaii

Jeff Bernier is Regional Senior Vice President, Managing Director – APAC & Hawaii for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this role, Mr. Bernier is responsible for leading sales and marketing strategies and initiatives to drive revenue growth in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Region. He also drives the long-term strategic vision for the regions, creating opportunities to expand HGV’s footprint and improve Owner offerings and services.

Prior to joining HGV in 2015, Mr. Bernier served as Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Region at Delta Air Lines, where he was responsible for increasing sales revenue and growing the company’s visibility. For more than two decades, Mr. Bernier has lived in Japan and held progressive roles at Northwest Airlines in IT, Revenue Management, Sales, Trade Relations and Industry Affairs. Prior to Delta’s merger of Northwest Airlines, his role was President, Japan.

Mr. Bernier’s more than 20 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific Region’s travel industry is an asset as HGV continues to strategically develop new markets in the region. Under his leadership, HGV has received a Gold Stevie® Award in the 18th annual International Business Awards® for its work in the APAC region, as well as being recognized with two prestigious awards from the American Resort Development Association, including sales team of the year and marketing team of the year.

Mr. Bernier speaks Japanese and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Olaf College where he graduated cum laude. He also serves on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Asia Pacific Resort Development Organization.

Onkar Birk, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Onkar Birk is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer at Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). He is responsible for elevating the company’s technology to meet the growing demands of its systems, security and global IT operations. In addition, he leads research and development to create meaningful experiences and offerings for HGV’s Owners and guests by leveraging cutting-edge technology.

With more than 25 years of experience in technology, Mr. Birk is a visionary leader with a passion for building powerful teams, enhancing product development and utilizing innovative solutions. Prior to joining HGV, Mr. Birk served as Chief Technology Officer & Managing Director for Alert Logic, a Cyber Security company. He was responsible for the research and development of engineering architecture, product strategy, IT cloud infrastructure, data center, innovation and cyber security. Previously, Mr. Birk worked for Avaya and Convergys, where he drove innovation and led business integration for global technology and operations. In addition, he was an executive-level consultant for several private equity firms.

Mr. Birk holds a bachelor’s degree in business communication and Masters in IT from Teesside University.

Pablo Brizi, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Pablo Brizi is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this role, Mr. Brizi is responsible for leading teams of highly experienced human resources professionals who provide strategic business partnerships and consultative talent services across the global business. His oversight as CHRO also includes talent management, compensation, benefits, recruitment, succession planning, learning and development, and general HR shared services.

Mr. Brizi brings more than 25 years of human resources experience working with multinational organizations in the hospitality, technology, oil, manufacturing and private equity industries. Most recently, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Bloomin’ Brands where he oversaw global compensation, benefits, talent management, leadership development, corporate affairs and HR operations for approximately 100,000 corporate and restaurant Team Members.

In addition, Mr. Brizi held a number of leadership positions with Avaya, including Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits, and Senior Director of HR for the Americas. He also worked for NCR Corporation, Ford Motors Company, and Exxon Corporation in a variety of HR and compensation and benefits leadership roles.

Mr. Brizi holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. In addition, he completed Cornell University’s Modern CHRO Role executive education program and holds a designation in Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) through World-at-Work.

Charles Corbin, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Charles R. Corbin serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of HGV. Mr. Corbin has served as Senior Vice President for Dispute Resolution and Employment & Benefits at Hilton since 2013. He was appointed to this role after serving as Vice President and Global Head of Dispute Resolution, a role he held since he joined Hilton in March 2010.

Following a successful career as a trial lawyer and partner in a boutique commodities and securities litigation law firm based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Corbin has been an in-house lawyer for the past 17 years. With nearly 35 years of legal experience, Mr. Corbin has earned a reputation as an innovative legal thinker and dynamic leader who brings a commercial perspective and risk-adjusted approach to providing practical advice and counsel to business partners and enterprises in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining HWI, Mr. Corbin served as in-house counsel to Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. and The Mills Corporation. Mr. Corbin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Citadel and his juris doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Erin Day, Senior Vice President of Finance

Erin Day is Senior Vice President of Finance at Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). Ms. Day leads the company’s strategic planning, feasibility, and financial planning and analysis teams. In her role, she oversees strategic financial planning, corporate and project development, and budgeting and forecasting for the company.

Since joining HGV in 2011, Ms. Day has held progressive leadership roles within the company and has made significant contributions to numerous initiatives, including the company spin-off from Hilton, significant investment strategies and the acquisition of Diamond Resorts. She is a key leader in driving HGV’s financial planning and supporting the company’s strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining HGV, Ms. Day began her career at Marriott Vacation Club International where she held various roles within in the finance department.

Ms. Day holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from the University of Florida.

Dennis DeLorenzo, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales Officer

Dennis DeLorenzo serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for Hilton Grand Vacations. In this role, Mr. DeLorenzo oversees HGV and Hilton Club sales operations. He was appointed to Executive Vice President in 2017 and to Chief Sales Officer in 2016, having previously served as Senior Vice President Sales since 2015 and Vice President Marketing Development since 2012.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in timeshare sales and marketing leadership roles, Mr. DeLorenzo has a dynamic background that includes prior leadership roles within HGV, as well as having served as Senior Vice President of Marketing with Holiday Inn Club Vacations; Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Sunterra Corporation; and Director of Marketing, Mid-Atlantic Region for Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc.

Derek De Salvia, Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer

Derek De Salvia is Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer at Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). He is responsible for the company’s Club Service, Inventory Management, Resort Operations and Brand Standard functions. Mr. De Salvia works to ensure HGV delivers unparalleled customer service to its owners, members and HOAs. Furthermore, he leads the company’s overall customer service function, including sales and service compliance.

Previously, Mr. De Salvia was Senior Vice President of Sales Operations & Business Development at HGV where he grew and expanded the company’s experiential platform – HGV Ultimate Access. Prior to joining HGV in 2019, he served as Vice President of Sales at Disney Vacation Club, where he led the organization’s entire network of sales channels during a pivotal time for the company.

With a track record of enhancing operations to exceed company goals, Mr. De Salvia has spent more than 20 years leading large sales, marketing and operations departments, with a focus on innovation and growth in alignment with companywide strategic priorities.

Mr. De Salvia holds a master’s degree in management and human resources and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida.

Gordon Gurnik, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Gordon Gurnik serves as Hilton Grand Vacations’ (HGV) Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Gurnik joined HGV in 2018, where he leads Business Operations, Global Sales and Marketing, Sales Support, Resort Operations and Club, Program Management, and Brand and Digital.

Mr. Gurnik’s responsibilities at HGV include working in partnership with the executive team to lead sales and business development, continue to build HGV’s brand, improve processes and products, and oversee resort operations and Club programs, all while ensuring alignment with HGV’s strategic priorities for all new initiatives.

Prior to joining HGV, Mr. Gurnik served as President of RCI, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange and travel services and the largest exchange network in the world. While at RCI, he was instrumental in advancing the company’s signature products while also leading RCI’s strategic direction, operations and growth with over 3.8 million member families and 4,300 vacation ownership resorts.

Mr. Gurnik holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University. He serves on the board of directors for Christel House International, a non-profit organization that supports impoverished children throughout the world. In addition, Mr. Gurnik is an American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) Board Member.

Carlos Hernandez, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Carlos Hernandez is Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this role, Mr. Hernandez oversees SEC Reporting, global accounting operations and related internal controls and technical accounting matters.

Mr. Hernandez has over 25 years of global finance and accounting experience working with both public and private multinational organizations operating across various industries.

Prior to HGV, Mr. Hernandez served as Chief Financial Officer of Holistica Destinations Ltd. a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and ITM Group. Previously, he was Executive Vice President Finance of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a luxury cruise line affiliated with Marriott International. Mr. Hernandez also previously served as Senior Vice President Finance of Atlantis Paradise Island, a destination resort located in the Bahamas and Senior Vice President and Controller of Kerzner International, which operated the Atlantis branded destination resorts in the Bahamas and Dubai, the One&Only luxury hotels and Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco. During his career, Mr. Hernandez also worked for Norwegian Cruise Line as Vice President and Controller and was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Hernandez holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting both from Florida International University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida.

Dan Mathewes, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Daniel J. “Dan” Mathewes serves as Hilton Grand Vacations’ (HGV) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mathewes is responsible for leading teams of highly skilled finance professionals who develop and implement corporate and financial strategies across our global business. He leads the finance, accounting, portfolio, treasury, tax, and investor relations departments.

Mr. Mathewes has more than 20 years of diverse, global finance experience with both public and private multi-national companies. He is known for working with operational management to successfully execute strategic goals while driving strong financial outcomes.

Prior to HGV, Mr. Mathewes served as CFO of Virgin Hotels North America, the lifestyle hotel brand by Sir Richard Branson. Previously, he was CFO of The World, the largest privately owned yacht with 165 residences, and previously served as Senior Vice President of finance and treasury for Kerzner International, which operated The Atlantis resorts in Nassau and Dubai, the One&Only luxury hotels, and Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco. During Mathewes’ career, he also worked in multiple financial leadership capacities with NCL Corporation (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Mathewes began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Mathewes graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in accounting and economics and is a certified public accountant.

Caterina Rovati, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

Caterina Rovati serves as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this position, Ms. Rovati is responsible for leading business transformations that guide the company’s growth through strategic planning, innovation, competitive intelligence, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining HGV, Ms. Rovati led the global business advisory and communications departments at Marriott International, where she drove a wide range of strategic initiatives.

Previously, Ms. Rovati served for 14 years in management consulting at Bain & Company, where she spearheaded the development of the travel and leisure practice. In this role, she advised a variety of companies within the hospitality, transportation and restaurant industries on a diverse set of priorities, including corporate and customer strategy, brand architecture and customer experience.

Ms. Rovati holds a master’s degree in general management and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bocconi University in Milan.

Valerie Spangler, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Valerie Spangler serves as Hilton Grand Vacations’ (HGV) Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In her role, Ms. Spangler acts as the single point of leadership for the real estate, resort operations and club management business operations teams. In addition, Valerie leads the financial planning and analysis, information management and analytics, and sales services teams at HGV.

Ms. Spangler began her career in the timeshare industry with HGV in 2003 and has held progressive leadership roles in the company’s business operations and finance groups. Most recently, Ms. Spangler served as Senior Vice President of Finance with the company, where she was responsible for forecasting, financial and operational reporting, as well as partnering on program implementation with a focus on driving results and increasing profitability. Previously, she was Vice President of Business Operations and Sales Services at HGV.

Ms. Spangler is an active member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and represents the company on the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) Board of Trustees.

Ms. Spangler holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin Speidel, Senior Vice President, Resort Operations

Kevin Speidel serves as Senior Vice President, Resort Operations for Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV). In this position, he provides strategic leadership for the company’s global operations of over 150 resorts, and is instrumental in overseeing the planning and execution process for opening new resorts.

An industry veteran with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Speidel creates a “People First” culture within his resort teams and leads with a Spirit of Service focused upon improving customer service and product scores at all HGV Resorts. Prior to joining HGV, he served as Area Managing Director with Hilton for more than a decade where he oversaw hotel operations for Hilton, Conrad, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, and Waldorf Astoria properties located in South Florida. In addition, he held leadership roles at Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Aimbridge Hospitality (formerly Interstate Hotels and Resorts) and Marriott International where he began his career in housekeeping at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Mr. Speidel holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Lynn University and completed the General Manager Excellence program at Cornell University.

Hannah Vazzana, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Shared Services

Hannah Vazzana is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Shared Services for Hilton Grand Vacations. In this capacity, Ms. Vazzana is responsible for leading the company’s corporate strategy, corporate communications and brand & creative departments.

Ms. Vazzana joined HGV in 2008 and has held several leadership positions with increasing responsibility within the Executive office, including Director of Program Management, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Vice President Strategic Insights.

Prior to joining HGV, Ms. Vazzana spent six years with Starwood Vacation Ownership (now Vistana) as Six Sigma Black Belt, Director of Project Leadership and Director of Development.

Ms. Vazzana serves on the Reputation Management Council of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). She received a bachelor of arts from Harvard University and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.