Painter appointed COO of GTA

Hotel and ground handling specialist GTA by Travelport has announced the appointment of David Painter as chief operating officer with immediate effect.

Painter will be based in London and report directly to Ken Esterow, GTA’s  president and chief executive.

He will be responsible for hotel contracting and inbound operations globally and assume overall leadership of GTA Simplify – the company’s programme to make it easier for suppliers, customers and employees to work with GTA.

Prior to joining GTA, Painter was managing director, EMEA, of the combined Travelex Retail and Commercial foreign exchange businesses and before that he was chief operating officer for Thomas Cook’s Global & Financial Services business.

Esterow said: “David is hugely experienced and has an excellent track record of growing businesses across multiple international markets.  He will be a great asset to our business as we enter the next phase of our development, and I am delighted to welcome him on board.”


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