About Us

It all began with a quest for a travel pillow that actually works…

During his career playing professional basketball for Maccabi Tel Aviv, David Sternlight was on the road a lot. While seeing the world was always an adventure, he found most methods of travel to be cramped and uncomfortable – especially at 6’8″ tall.

Determined to create a better travel experience for himself and others, David began to design the first travel pillow that actually works. In 2009, after months of development, the revolutionary Cabeau Evolution Pillow® was born.

Cabeau’s patented travel pillows, comfort products, and innovative accessories can be found in over 110 countries worldwide.  Our products have set new industry standards for superior craftsmanship, quality, and comfort.  We are honored to have received numerous travel industry awards that recognize our commitment to excellence in providing our customers with innovative travel accessories as well as our dedication to improving the world around us.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring that the same effort and energy goes into our new products that went into our original, groundbreaking Cabeau Evolution Pillow.  Innovations in our extended product line are inspired by our customers, who have shared with us what they like, what works, and what would further enhance their travels.  We provide a carefully curated range of products that are guaranteed to make your travel experience better. 

"We think differently from our competitors, which has allowed us to lead the way in developing, redefining and elevating the travel experience and remain true to our entrepreneurial spirit."
– David Sternlight

Meet the Cabeau Leadership Team

Cabeau creates expertly crafted travel accessories designed by travelers for travelers. We are a young and innovative company committed to family values and philanthropy. With a group of exceptional sales, marketing, design, operations, and legal specialists, Cabeau’s success lies in its extraordinary team and collaborative approach.

David Sternlight

Founder & CEO

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David Sternlight is a professional problem solver who seeks out the efficiencies in everything with an unrelenting curiosity. A comfort architect and a razor-sharp leader with good vibes, David knows what it takes to keep an entire symphony humming on time and in tune. Yes, he has a penchant for ambient and soulful sounds (he’s also a DJ) which reinforces his laid-back, beachy appreciation for the zen-life. The key to David’s success isn’t the ability to channel his inner Dalai Lama, it’s his ability to walk on water when he is told it’s impossible. David’s on a mission to be the best he and Cabeau can be and he’s making a difference in the world by creating more comfort in it—did we mention he’s a magician but refuses to admit it?

Being born and raised in West LA means David is familiar with traffic and cruising in traffic (because the west side is the best side), so he’s no stranger to finding comfort in travel. He’s always looking for an edge, a better way to do things, and he loves trends and numbers (data can’t geek out over itself). Family and friends are at the core of everything he does. Carving out a quality life that’s soft, supportive, and fit for long-term happiness is what he does on a daily basis. So yes, David is indeed making the world a better and more comfortable place to live.

Maria Hofsten

Controller

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A phrase that’s uniquely Maria is, "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." It describes how Maria does just that - creating herself both at work and outside of work, to the benefit of all her colleagues who get to enjoy working with her. Maria loves adventure, trying new things, traveling the world, hiking and live music (don’t get her started about the Zac Brown Band!). And if that weren’t enough, Cabeau’s Controller is passionate about staying healthy and active. 

Having earned an Accounting degree at CSUN, and her CPA license, Maria brings more than a decade of accounting experience to Cabeau. She also brings her passion for travel and travel comfort, adding that Cabeau is a “great fit.”

We can’t agree with her more.

Susannah Kim

VP Global Marketing

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Susannah Kim is all things global.

She was born in Korea but grew up in LA, joining Cabeau because of the brand’s amazing potential. Funny, that’s why we hired her.

Susannah put herself through college, earning her undergraduate from UCLA in two years. Which, isn’t surprising, when you consider her personal motto… “Fortune favors the bold.”

But, this old Winston Churchill quote isn’t the only thing that helps describe the wonderful Susannah. Inspired greatly by Mother Theresa, she believes that “elegantly simple improvements” are the key to good living. And when she’s not running Cabeau’s global marketing, she’s running around outdoors — dragging the family to kid-friendly museums or entertaining guests at her home.

At the end of the day, Susannah is most passionate about life’s simple beauties: people, growth and chocolate. Especially chocolate.

Paola Cintora

VP Global Sales

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Paola Cintora quiere hablarte de los elefantes rosados.

Cabeau’s VP of Sales joined Cabeau after meeting the great team here, saying “It all clicked.”

For fun, Paola enjoys movies, dancing, painting and stand-up comedy. And she’s not picky about favorite foods, either.

But anyone who knows Paola knows not to mess with her. She’s got a black belt in karate, after all. She’s singularly focused, which is shy she’s known to bring conversations back on track, often beginning with, “Speaking of pink elephants…. “ And that can be in any of the four languages, in which she’s perfectly fluent.

As international as she is, Paola is also grounded by the relationships she’s built over time. She’s especially inspired by her mother’s example of strength and hard work.

The apple truly doesn’t fall far.

Irfan Zafar

Director of Logistics

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Among all superheroes, Superman is the one that Irfan Zafar would pick.  By day Irfan is mild mannered Clark Kent, optimizing supply chain and implementing processes for growth.  By night he flies by his mantra that “Action speaks louder than words.”  Irfan is a different sort of man of “steel,” in that he’s most passionate about tech and gadgets. 

He was drawn to Cabeau by the brand and his love for travel.  Innovation for Irfan is what’s new, better, providing ease, comfort and attraction. If he could have it his way, all the world would be supplied with comfort, thanks to Cabeau.

Meet the Cabeau Advisory Board

Ron Means

Advisory Board

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Ron is just a regular guy with an in-depth understanding of business strategy, growth tactics and consumer spending habits. He’s worked with 35+ in Southern California and also currently maintains leadership roles for RH Means & Associates, Inc. (a business consulting practice) and Vistage International (the world’s largest Chief Executive Organization). Okay, so Ron is not that normal. After all, most normal people don’t have a tagline permanently attached to their name. “Helping chief executives become better leaders” is Ron’s motto, and he certainly lives by it. His unique perspective of domestic and international distribution and proven track record in tackling complex market opportunities have been monumental for Cabeau’s growth. Ron studied Industrial Technology and Physics at Western Illinois University and resides in Santa Rosa Valley. When he’s not working, you might find him eating or sleeping.

Richard Saklad

Advisory Board

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Dick Saklad is better known by his colleagues as the Devil’s advocate. Using his wide experience as a former C-Suite Officer of the NYSE and NASDAQ, he’ll do everything from negotiating distribution deals to taking out the trash. In addition to the work he does with Cabeau, Dick currently serves on the board for Operation Gratitude, the first military non-profit to be awarded Platinum status on Charity Star. Dick is also a lifetime board member of the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy and is heavily involved in the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. When he’s not volunteering for charities, he simply enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

William Cullen

Advisory Board

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ADVISORY BOARD You earn reputation by doing the hard things well. William Cullen (you can call him Bill) exemplifies that principle with decades of C-level experience in media, mobile technology and advertising. For the last ten years, Bill has mentored leaders of high-potential companies across the country—providing specialized financial and organizational expertise to help them monetize and grow. On top of helping startups…get started up…Bill served as CEO of Txtstation Global Limited, an innovative mobile marketing firm for the NFL, NHL and NBA. He’s also served leadership roles for Jabber, Access Television Network, California News Channel, Adlink and several other media companies that we don’t have the word count max to mention. As a bonus, Bill’s ridiculous knack for storytelling provides for quite the conversations at the Cabeau water cooler.