Management shake-up at Travelport

Travelport chief marketing officer Gillian Gibson is leaving after less than two years as part of a management shake-up.

She will remain with the company until the end of the year when she will leave to “pursue opportunities elsewhere,” the company said.

The marketing and product functions will be merged with its commercial function under the leadership of chief commercial officer Kurt Ekert.

Bryan Conway is named as successor to Gibson with overall responsibility for the definition, creation and marketing of Travelport’s products and services to all customer groups, the company said.

Jason Clarke is appointed group vice president and managing director, global sales, focused on travel management companies, online travel agencies and leisure travel agents.

Mark Harris becomes group vice president, commercial operations and deployment, with responsibility for customer service and product deployment globally.

Derek Sharp is appointed group vice president & managing director, global distribution sales and services, focused on partnerships with travel content providers such as airlines and rail companies.

Simon Nowroz becomes group vice president, business development, with responsibility for growth countries including Brazil, China, India and Japan. He will continue to lead the Asia Pacific region until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition with a soon-to-be-announced new regional managing director.

Niklas Andréen and Sandra McLeod continue to lead the company’s hospitality and sdvertising business and the management of our global TMC accounts respectively.

The changes take effect from November 1.

President and chief executive Gordon Wilson said: “We have been steadily implementing our strategy based on considerable investment in new product and technology to reflect the changing distribution needs of our airline, hotel and other customers.

“The changes we are announcing today will further align our business around the execution and delivery of our new capabilities to both sets of customers, joined up under one commercial leadership.

“Aligning the Travelport commercial proposition under Kurt Ekert will speed up our decision-making and further enhance the communication of our value proposition, backed up with tangible differentiation in the products and services we are now able to offer.

“On a personal note, I would also like to thank Gillian for the many benefits she has brought to Travelport.

“Her commercial understanding, strategic focus, drive and energy are outstanding and the company has certainly benefited in many ways from her involvement. I wish her every success for the future.”

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