American Express GBT appoints new technology boss

American Express GBT appoints new technology boss

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed David Thompson as its new chief information and technology officer.

Thompson will join later this year from global financial services giant Western Union where he was chief technology officer and executive vice president of global operations.

In his new role, he will be based in Phoenix, Arizona and report to chief executive officer Doug Anderson.

Anderson said: “Technology and innovation are central to our business. It is crucial, therefore, to have someone with David’s experience and expertise driving our strategy. I am delighted to welcome him to the organisation.”

Thompson will be responsible for enterprise technology, application development, IT operations and data systems, information security and the product development teams.

He said: “GBT’s significant investment in technology is guided by a clear strategic vision. This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I look forward to working with Doug and the team.”

Thompson previously served as chief technology and information officer at technology companies Symantec, Oracle and PeopleSoft. He started his career as an intelligence systems officer in the US Air Force, prior to joining Mitre Corporation as a HR systems manager. He serves on the board of directors for CoreSite Realty Corp, a data centre and interconnection provider.

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