Sonder appoints Janice Sears to its Board of Directors alongside Frits van Paasschen named Lead Independent Director

– USA, CA –  Sonder Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GMIIU), a leading next-generation hospitality company that is redefining the guest experience through technology and design, today announced the appointment of Janice Sears to its Board of Directors as Audit Committee Chair.

Concurrently, current Board member Frits van Paasschen has been named Lead Independent Director. He has served on the Board since February 2020.

“We are privileged to benefit from Frits’ significant experience in building and operating a premier hospitality brand as a public company CEO and he has been a great strategic partner to this business as a member of the Sonder Board. I am thrilled to have him take on the expanded role of Lead Independent Director,” said Co-Founder and CEO and Board Chair, Francis Davidson.

He added: “We’re also very excited to welcome Janice to Sonder’s Board. Her deep experience in real estate, as well as corporate governance, will be strong additions to Sonder’s board as we accelerate our growth and prepare to enter the public markets.”

Janice is former Managing Director and Western Region Head at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, while Frists is the former Starwood Hotels President & CEO.

Frits Van Paasschen and Janice Sears join on Sonder’s Board.:

  • Manon Brouillette,
  • Nabeel Hyatt and
  • Vivek Pattipati

These recent appointments for Sonder’s Board of Directors come at a time of accelerating growth for the company after it recently announced plans to be publicly listed through a combination with Gores Metropoulos II, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMIIU, GMII, and GMIIW).

About Sonder

Sonder is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-enabled service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamless experience. Launched in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder provides a variety of accommodation options — from spacious rooms to fully-equipped suites and apartments — found in over 35 markets spanning nine countries and three continents. The Sonder app gives guests full control over their stay. Complete with self-service features, simple check-in, and 24/7 on-the-ground support, amenities and services at Sonder are just a tap away, making a world of better stays open to all.

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