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Philippe Bourguignon Invests in Sphere; Advises Company

Dan Smigrod

Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman of Revolution Places and CEO of Exclusive Resorts, has joined Sphere (Spherical, Inc.) as a seed–stage investor and advisor. Other seed-stage investors include VC firms Thayer Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.

Philippe Bourguignon

Philippe Bourguignon

“It speaks volumes about the future of Sphere to have Philippe behind us,” says Sphere Founder and CEO Charles Armstrong. “With Philippe’s guidance, our aggressive 12 month growth strategy is even more attainable.”

“Charles is a talented and passionate visionary.  He is leading a revolution to help travelers make more confident travel planning and booking decisions,” says Bourguignon. “Travel, hospitality and tourism brands that integrate this democratizing technology into their apps and websites are tapping into a very powerful medium.”

Philippe is one of the most highly regarded executives in the travel industry, with an impressive track record as an innovator and leader. Currently Bourguignon serves as Vice Chairman of Revolution Places LLC and CEO of Exclusive Resorts. Highlights of his career include serving as CEO of Euro Disney and Chairman and CEO of Club Med.

Prior to that, Bourguignon was President of Accor for the Asia/Pacific region and Executive Vice President for North America. Philippe has also served as the co-CEO of the Davos-based World Economic Forum and as a member of the board of directors for a variety of companies including eBay and Zipcar.

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