Executive Editor, Skift (Moderator)
Dennis Schaal, Skift‘s Executive Editor, was a member of Skift’s founding team in 2012 and was employee #1. In addition to Dennis’ Executive Editor duties, he writes for Skift about online travel, breaking news stories and identifying trends in the most dynamic sector in e-commerce. He’s widely considered a preeminent journalist covering online travel. Among his notable accomplishments at Skift, Dennis wrote Skift’s groundbreaking, 50,000-word Definitive Oral History of Online Travel, tracing online travel’s evolution from its earliest days to the mid-2000s through the words of the founders and CEOs who built the sector from the ground up. He also interviewed online travel CEOs from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America for the Skift e-book, the Future of Travel Booking.
In his prior work, Dennis was the Digital Traveler columnist for USA Today; served as U.S. Advisor for North-East Ventures; worked as a Phocuswright analyst; was North America Editor and a member of the founding team of Tnooz; filled the Technology and Business Travel Editors’ roles at Travel Weekly, and did stints as Project Editor and Assistant Metro Editor, respectively, for New Jersey’s Star-Ledger and the Home News & Tribune. Dennis, who has three children, executed a 12-year timeout as a computer technician during his 40-plus years as a journalist. He has also been a New York City yellow cab driver, a labor union activist, landscaper, camp counselor and beeper salesman (sales has never been his strong suit).