Sean Kell, '96

A Place for Mom

Sean Kell

Sean D. Kell is chief executive officer of A Place for Mom, Inc.(APFM), North America’s largest senior living referral service. APFM is owned by private equity firms General Atlantic and Silver Lake Partners.

Prior to joining APFM in early 2011, Sean spent three years as senior vice president and general manager of, where he managed the world’s largest online travel site, including all aspects of brand marketing, online marketing, e-commerce operations, call center operations, finance, HR and product development.

Before his role leading, Sean spent two years as senior vice president and general manager of and four years at the Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle where he held various executive and general management positions in the company’s wholesale division.

Before Starbucks, Sean spent five years at McKinsey & Company (in Los Angeles, Seattle and London) serving clients in the high-tech, financial and retail industries. Prior to Starbucks, Sean was a development engineer and sales representative for IBM’s storage systems division in San Jose, California.

Sean has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Sean lives on Mercer Island, Washington with his wife and two daughters.