Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Sven-Olof Lindblad
Chief Exective Officer, President and Director
Sven-Olof Lindblad founded Lindblad and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Mr. Lindblad has served as our Director since July 8, 2015. Mr. Lindblad’s travel background and familiarity with adventure-travel and wildlife dates back to his childhood and with his father, Lars-Eric Lindblad. Mr. Lindblad founded Lindblad in order to offer innovative and educational travel expeditions to the world’s most remarkable places, capturing the true spirit of adventure. In May 2006, Mr. Lindblad received international recognition for his model of tourism in a ceremony hosted by HRH, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the Grand-Ducal Palace. In addition, a newly discovered endemic species of moth in the Galápagos Islands, Undulambia lindbladi, has been named in honor of Mr. Lindblad. He is an honorary member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands; serves on the Board of The Safina Center and on the National Geographic Council of Advisors; is commissioner of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change, is a founder of the non-profit organization, Ocean Elders, which brings together global leaders to pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Pristine Seas.
Craig I. Felenstein
Chief Financial Officer
Craig I. Felenstein joined us as Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. Mr. Felenstein brings a long history of leadership positions in a wide range of public companies, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Strategic Finance at Shutterstock, Inc. since March 2015, where he oversaw all interaction with the investment community while leading the financial planning and analysis and corporate development functions. Prior to Shutterstock, Inc., Mr. Felenstein was at Discovery Communications, LLC (“Discovery”), from May 2008 to March 2015, serving in various management roles, including Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, where he was responsible for building and directing the investor relations function. At the same time, he was part of the executive team for several of Discovery’s businesses, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Digital, Chief Financial Officer of US Network Revenue and Chief Financial Officer of Animal Planet, overseeing all financial activity and helping to drive the strategy for each operating unit. Prior to Discovery, he held senior positions at News Corporation, Viacom Inc., and Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Felenstein holds a B.S in Accounting from Binghamton University.
Dean (Trey) Byus III
Chief Expedition Officer
Dean (Trey) Byus III joined Lindblad in 1993 as an Expedition Leader and since 2009 has served as Lindblad’s Chief Expedition Officer overseeing programming for Lindblad’s vessels. Prior to 2009, Mr. Byus served as Lindblad’s Vice President of Operations and Program Development, Director of Field Staff & Expedition Technology and Director of Field Staff. Mr. Byus has worked in regions around the world and has extensive experience in managing Lindblad’s expedition teams, vessel deployments and itineraries, R&D, pricing and marketing, as well as business development, including working with National Geographic. Mr. Byus holds a B.A. from the University of Washington.
Philip J. Auerbach
Chief Commercial Officer
Philip J. Auerbach joined us as Chief Commercial Officer in May 2016. Mr. Auerbach has served as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Marketing Officer of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, a leading entertainment and hospitality company, since July 2013. From July 2007 to July 2013, Mr. Auerbach was a partner in the marketing and sales practice of McKinsey & Co., counseling clients across the financial services, hospitality, airline, and telecommunications industries. From March 2002 to April 2007, he served as a principal at Novantas, Inc., a boutique financial services consulting group. Mr. Auerbach holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.
Richard P. Fontaine
Chief Marketing Officer
Richard P. Fontaine joined Lindblad as Chief Marketing Officer in July 2013, and oversees all marketing and sales initiatives, including public relations, communications and corporate brand positioning efforts. Mr. Fontaine brings more than 25 years of experience in consumer-direct marketing for highly-regarded lifestyle media and merchandising brands. From February 1997 until July 2013, Mr. Fontaine served as SVP, Consumer Marketing for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Previously, Mr. Fontaine served in product management/marketing roles at Time Inc./Sports Illustrated, and MBI, Inc./The Danbury Mint. Mr. Fontaine holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.
J. Tyler Skarda
Senior Vice President, Marine Operations
J. Tyler Skarda joined us as Senior Vice President, Marine Operations in January 2016 and oversees our marine operations and marine fixed assets. Mr. Skarda brings over two decades of maritime industry experience, focused on strategy, capital equipment procurement cost reduction, and shipbuilding/ship operations process improvement for global maritime companies and their suppliers. Prior to joining us, Mr. Skarda served as a consultant with the leading global management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney. Mr. Skarda started his career in the United States Navy and later worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a senior maritime industry analyst prior to leaving the service. Mr. Skarda holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Leadership Team