Posted June 15, 2016

Travel Leaders Is Busy With Acquisitions But Keeps It Stealth

By CEO Ninan Chacko's count, Travel Leaders Group acquired half a dozen travel agencies in the back half of 2015 alone. The multi-brand travel agency operator is on track to buy even more this year, he said. Just don't look for press announcements on PR Newswire, where Chacko was CEO before joining Travel Leaders Group in September. The company has kept its buying activity stealth. Read More »
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Posted November 19, 2015

Amex GBT Chairman Talks Investment, Competitive Position At Phocuswright

The question has been asked time and again since American Express Global Business Travel took a large cash injection and shifted to a joint-venture structure: Where does the investment go? Company executives have highlighted major buckets of spending, including broad technology plans, and chairman Greg O'Hara addressed the question at The Beat Live conference last month. At the Phocuswright conference in Hollywood, Fla., this week, O'Hara called out plans to ramp up acquisitions and improve fundamental technology during an on-stage interview with Phocuswright managing director Tony D'Astolfo. Read More »
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Posted October 8, 2015
John Snyder

INTERVIEW: BCD Travel CEO John Snyder

Arlington, Va. – Since becoming president and CEO of BCD Travel last year, 20-plus-year company vet John Snyder has overseen the mega travel management company's strategic, commercial, financial and operational direction. Last week, he sat down with David Meyer, editorial director of The BTN Group, which publishes The Beat, at The Beat Live conference here to address consolidation, client pricing, the competitive set, Lufthansa and technology investment strategy. A condensed and edited transcript of that on-stage interview follows. Read More »
Posted January 20, 2015
Steve Singh

INTERVIEW: Concur CEO Steve Singh

Concur CEO Steve Singh recently spoke with The Beat's JoAnn DeLuna to discuss the impact the SAP acquisition will have on Concur's organizational structure, international growth, headcount and customers. Read More »
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Posted October 20, 2014
Gordon Wilson

INTERVIEW: Travelport's Gordon Wilson, Part 1

New Orleans - Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson took the stage at The Beat Live here this month for a one-to-one interview with contributing editor Amon Cohen. Published here, the first installment of the edited transcript. Read More »
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Posted September 19, 2014

Concur 'Completes' SAP, But There Are Plenty Of Questions

After he pulled off an agreement for an $8.3 billion acquisition, which he described as "the largest acquisition in the history of the SaaS industry," you could excuse SAP CEO Bill McDermott's exuberance when discussing Concur Thursday night during a conference call with analysts and media. Read More »
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Posted April 28, 2011

Egencia Seeking More Scale Through Acquisitions

Egencia is growing quickly, but that doesn't rule out further acquisitions as parent company Expedia is looking to "scale this business a whole lot more" through "tuck-in acquisitions," Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during a financial conference call Thursday.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell with reporting by Lauren Darson | More by Jay Campbell
Posted October 20, 2009 - New York City

Sources On Amadeus-Travelport: Talks Probably True; Move Definitely Difficult

Amadeus and Travelport declined to comment on what they called speculation about recent talks between their owners on a possible combination, as reported by London's The Sunday Times. The mainly private equity-owned global distribution system companies of late have been preparing for initial public offerings in Madrid and London, respectively, according to media reports. Asked for comments on the Times story, former GDS company executives (some now consultants working with GDS firms and their cu Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
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