|TRAVELPORT MAKES COMMERCIAL TEAM CHANGES|
|New structure takes on a customer-centric approach by aligning commercial, marketing and product teams|
Travelport has made a number of commercial team changes, all designed to further build on the delivery of its ongoing strategic business objectives.
|Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer, Travelport
Focusing on accelerating the execution of Travelport’s strategic plan, the new structure aims to provide a customer-centric approach through the alignment of its commercial, marketing and product teams.
Specifically, under the new structure, Travelport’s marketing and product team will be merged with its commercial function under the leadership of Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer. Gillian Gibson, who has been chief marketing officer for almost two years, will remain with the company until the end of the year when she will leave to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Key internal management appointments and changes, all effective 1 November 2012 include:
Bryan Conway, appointed chief marketing officer with overall responsibility for the definition, creation and marketing of Travelport’s products and services to all customer groups;
Jason Clarke, appointed group vice president and managing director, global sales, focused on travel management companies, online travel agencies and leisure travel agency customers;
Mark Harris, appointed group vice president, commercial operations and deployment, with responsibility for customer service and product deployment globally;
Derek Sharp, appointed group vice president & managing director, global distribution sales and services, focused on Travelport’s partnerships with travel content providers such as airlines and rail companies;
Simon Nowroz, appointed group vice president, business development, with responsibility for leading Travelport strategy in certain key growth countries including Brazil, China, India and Japan;
Niklas Andréen and Sandra McLeod continue to lead the hospitality and advertising business and the management of global TMC accounts respectively.