Thomas Murphy is moving from bookmaker William Hill after eight years to become general counsel at Travelport.
He brings more than 16 years of experience as in-house legal counsel, having most recently served as general counsel and company secretary at the betting giant.
He was responsible for its regulated US gaming businesses based in Las Vegas. Murphy’s previous roles include general counsel and company secretary of food business RHM sold to Premier Foods in 2007 and general counsel of the Automobile Association, then part of Centrica.
Originally qualified as a barrister in England and Wales, Murphy was also a solicitor and spent a period outside the law in financial analysis with HSBC.
Travelport president and chief executive Gordon Wilson said: “Thomas’ experience working as general counsel in publicly listed companies, with an international business dimension, across multiple regulatory environments make him a significant addition to our global management team as we continue to grow Travelport with our focus on redefining travel commerce.”
Murphy added: “I am delighted to be joining a business that is driving real change in its industry and continuously looking at ways to innovate and improve its offering and operations, from the way that airline, hotel and other travel products are distributed, to the way in which B2B payments are made for these services.
“I very much look forward to working with the team to play a role in continuing the momentum that Travelport has achieved.”
His appointment follows Matthew Minetola joining as chief information officer.