Travelport announces senior management shake up

Travelport announces senior management shake up

A series of senior management changes at Travelport have been unveiled.

The shake up follows global accounts and corporate development group vice president Sandra McLeod being named as chief executive of Australian offshoot Locomote, in which Travelport is now the majority shareholder.

Scott Hyden, managing director for Travelport Americas, becomes group vice president of the newly formed Enterprise Customer Group.

The unit covers McLeod’s former role with global TMCs and corporate customers and adds responsibility for the company’s largest online travel agency customers, such as Expedia and Priceline, which operate across multiple countries.

Before joining Travelport, Hyden was president of STA Travel and was previously general manager for Travelocity Business.

Hyden is succeeded as group vice president and managing director for Travelport Americas by Bret Kidd, vice president and general manager for Travelport’s air commerce technologies. This role is taken up by Dan Westbrook, who joined the company in 2009 from rival Sabre.

President and chief executive, Gordon Wilson, said: “These changes enable an even tighter alignment of Travelport around our desire to redefine travel commerce and fuel the growth of our customers around the world.

“We are fully intent on continuing to grow in key geographies, and amongst key customer segments, and these moves, which realign some of our key executives in our commercial function give us greater momentum to do just that.

“Also, when our new chief commercial officer, Stephen Shurrock, joins the company from Telefonica in early January, he will play a further pivotal role in leading and delivering growth across hospitality, airline and agency commerce.”

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