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Merilee Karr

Founder and CEO
Merilee is an expert and industry leader in Short-term accommodation. She founded UnderTheDoormat in July 2014 after a decade-long career at energy giant Shell where she led the Global Maintenance Operations of its 12,000 petrol stations across 42 countries.

She has taken her passion and global experience in property management to an emerging industry with the vision to set new standards both in her company and for the industry as a whole.

She Chairs the UK Industry Body, the Short-term Accommodation Association which counts among its members Expedia, Airbnb, HomeAway and onefinestay.

Her vision for UnderTheDoormat is to enable modern travelers to step into the shoes of a local, enjoying the comfort of a home and the professional service of a hotel across major cities globally. In the 4 years since inception, UnderTheDoormat has built a strong presence in London and is growing into new markets partnering with local independent operators on its distribution model.

She has been profiled in London’s Evening Standard and the BBC and regularly speaks at events, including IHIF, VRMA, the Tourism Society, the British Property Federation.   Additionally, Merilee has worked extensively with the UK government including BEIS, HMRC and MCHLG on short term accommodation.