Trainline has appointed Amadeus’ retail boss Champa Magesh to its newly-created role of president of Trainline for Business.
Magesh will be responsible for business travel and white label business at the rail fare aggregator, reporting in to chief executive Clare Gilmartin.
She will initially focus on growing Trainline’s global API content, ensuring TMCs, online booking tools and train carriers have access to “the largest amount of rail content available”.
Her remit will also include a focus on working with Trainline’s train company partners to champion more use of rail, helping to facilitate a model shift from less-sustainable forms of transport.
Magesh was executive vice president of retail in travel channels, and managing director EMEA, at travel technology company Amadeus, where her role was focused on helping travel agencies grow their businesses and keep up with the changing distribution landscape.
Prior to this, she was senior vice president of retail travel for Amadeus in the Asia Pacific region, located in Singapore.
“I’m delighted to be joining Trainline,” said Magesh. “I’m joining at a time of great opportunity; being at the helm of a scaling B2B business that is not only the leading aggregator of global rail content but also a key provider of cutting-edge tech to the rail industry is exciting.
“As well as working with the rail carriers to get smart, seamless rail travel tech in the hands of their customers, I believe Trainline for Business is well placed to play a crucial role in business travel recovery when COVID restrictions reduce.”
Clare Gilmartin, Trainline chief executive, added: “We’re really excited that Champa is joining us. The wealth of experience she brings, leading business-to-business growth across several markets for many years, is second to none. Her expertise in travel technology will also prove invaluable for Trainline for Business, as we work with our rail carrier and business travel partners to ensure the industry is well placed for fast recovery.”