Executive Officers

Stephen Scherr
Stephen Scherr
Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Scherr has served as Chief Executive Officer at Hertz and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2022.

Scherr spent nearly three decades at Goldman Sachs, leading a range of strategic and operational functions. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer from 2018 through 2021, a period during which the firm undertook considerable growth across its new and existing businesses.

Scherr was the architect and leader of Goldman Sachs’ consumer business, first as Chief Strategy Officer from 2014 through 2016, and later as CEO of Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Head of the Consumer & Commercial Bank Division from 2016 to 2018. He led Marcus by Goldman Sachs from inception, overseeing retail deposit growth in excess of $100 billion, expanding its digital consumer lending platform and managing a new partnership with Apple to develop the AppleCard.

Scherr lead the firm’s Latin American business for five years; was Global Head of the Financing Group for seven years; and served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking for two years. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Scherr practiced law, including as a law clerk in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1991, and later as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1992 to 1993.

Scherr holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Paul E. Stone
Paul E. Stone
President and Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Stone has served as President and Chief Operations Officer since October 2021. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hertz from May 2020 to October 2021, and Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Operations Officer North America from March 2018 to May 2020. From November 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Stone served as the Chief Retail Officer at Cabela’s Inc., an outdoor outfitter retail company. Prior to joining Cabela’s Inc., Mr. Stone spent 28 years growing his career with Sam’s Club, a retail warehouse subsidiary of Walmart Inc., a multinational retail corporation. His most-recent position with Sam's Club was as Senior Vice President - West Division from 2007 to 2015, where he led operations upwards of 200 locations with more than 30,000 employees.

Darren Arrington
Darren Arrington
Executive Vice President, Revenue Management and Fleet Acquisition

Mr. Arrington has served as Executive Vice President, Revenue Management and Fleet Acquisition at Hertz since September 2020.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of Fleet Planning at Hertz from 2012 to September 2020.  From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Arrington was in a variety of leadership roles at Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, which was purchased by Hertz in 2012.  Mr. Arrington has leadership experience in fleet acquisition, fleet remarketing, fleet planning and revenue management.

Alexandra Brooks
Alexandra Brooks
Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Ms. Brooks has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of Hertz since October 2020. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Internal Audit from June 2020 to October 2020. Prior to joining Hertz, Ms. Brooks was the Vice President, Internal Audit at Aptiv PLC (“Aptiv”), a global technology company, beginning May 2015. Before joining Aptiv, Ms. Brooks was the Chief Financial Officer for Champion Windows and Home Exteriors, a home improvement company, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Brooks was in a variety of leadership roles at the General Electric Company, a multinational conglomerate, including Global Controller for the Aviation segment, Executive Technical Advisor to the Corporate Audit Staff, and Global Controller for the Plastics division. Ms. Brooks also worked at the General Motors Company in a variety of finance and accounting roles. She began her career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a professional services firm, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kenny Cheung
Kenny Cheung
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Kenny Cheung is Hertz’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer overseeing the company’s global finance organization, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, internal audit, procurement, treasury, and global franchise operations. Kenny was an integral part of the team that led Hertz through its successful restructuring and Chapter 11 emergence in June 2021.

Prior to his appointment as CFO in September 2020, Kenny was Executive Vice President, Chief Operational Finance and Restructuring Officer. He also served in several finance leadership roles, including SVP of Global Financial Planning and Analysis and CFO for Hertz North America.

Throughout his career, Kenny has been instrumental in building and overseeing the financial operations of global companies. Prior to joining Hertz in December 2018, he spent over a decade at Nielsen Holdings, PLC, most recently as Global Chief Audit Executive, and prior to that, as a regional Chief Operating Officer and regional Chief Financial Officer. He also held financial and operating roles at General Electric across Supply Chain, Operations, and FP&A.

Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

M. David Galainena
M. David Galainena
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Mr. Galainena has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Hertz since April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Galainena was in private practice as a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm, which he joined in 1995. Mr. Galainena has more than thirty years of private practice experience concentrating in structured finance, capital markets and general financing matters.

Tim Langley-Hawthorne
Tim Langley-Hawthorne
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Mr. Langley-Hawthorne has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer since October 2021. He previously served as CIO at Hitachi Vantara, a hi-tech subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. operating in more than 100 countries. In that role, he led transformational infrastructure, application and information security efforts and all technology integration for global M&A transactions. He also received industry recognition for the business value his teams delivered through end-to-end digital innovation. Prior to Hitachi, Mr. Langley-Hawthorne held various executive technology and operations positions at Western Union, leading transformational projects including the implementation of full-stack technologies that significantly advanced the capabilities of the global customer service team. In addition, he spent 20 years in various IT, consulting and commercial roles at Information Services Group, Electronic Data Systems, and IBM Australia. Mr. Langley-Hawthorne holds an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Eric Leef
Eric Leef
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Leef has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hertz since February 2021.  He previously served as Senior vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from September 2020 to February 2021.  Mr. Leef has nearly 20 years of leadership experience with success leading global HR organizations, managing labor relations, developing employee engagement and diversity & inclusion initiatives, and overseeing HR operations at corporate and field levels.  Before joining Hertz, Mr. Leef most recently was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Atria Senior Living Community.  Prior to that role, he held several executive HR roles over 16 years at GE Appliances, supporting the supply chain, technology and consumer service divisions.

 

Ned Ryan
Chief Product Development Officer
Mr. Ryan has served as Chief Product Development Officer since May 2022. He previously served in a senior capacity at Ford Motor Co., where he worked on new, digitally connected mobility businesses. Prior to Ford, Mr. Ryan founded Canvas, a vehicle subscription service that was purchased by Fair.com in 2019. In 2013, Mr. Ryan launched Breeze, the first flexible rideshare financing platform, which was purchased by Ford in 2016. 
Laura Smith
Laura Smith
Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing And Customer Experience Officer

Ms. Smith has served as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience since December 2020.  She previously served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Customer Experience. Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of expertise in the travel industry and customer experience. She joined Hertz in 2002 in Dublin, Ireland where she held various leadership roles at the company’s international customer contact center. In 2013, she relocated to the United States to lead Hertz’s Customer Care team and contact center in North America. In 2019, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, overseeing the company’s global Customer Care and Customer Experience organizations.