Posted July 11, 2017
Mike Kubasik

INTERVIEW: Travel And Transport Chief Information Officer Mike Kubasik

Travel and Transport chief information officer Mike Kubasik spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about mobile strategy, its mobile patent and API connectivity with travel suppliers through the Dash Mobile app. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
Posted April 6, 2017
John Snyder

INTERVIEW: BCD Travel CEO John Snyder

Last year, BCD Travel commenced a plan to grow earnings by 35 percent over three years. As CEO John Snyder sees it, such growth is essential to reinvesting in the business. Achieving growth targets requires strong sales, high client retention and most likely more acquisitions. Snyder discussed the company's strategic direction, corporate travel distribution, mobile technology and BCD's growing role in hotel sales. Read More »
Posted February 13, 2017
Ed Adams

INTERVIEW: Direct Travel CEO Ed Adams

In addition to death and taxes, it's near certain that Direct Travel will acquire more travel management companies. After flipping to a new private equity owner, the TMC last year purchased Atlanta-based Georgia International Travel, Cleveland-based Traveline Travel Services and Massachusetts-based Colpitts World Travel. Since embarking on its ongoing agency roll-up plan in 2011, Colorado-based Direct Travel has done enough deals for CEO Ed Adams to lose count: "Twenty-one or 22? It's probably 21," he said. "We've still having fun and plugging away." He caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss agency acquisitions, integration and growth. Read More »
Posted February 3, 2017
Mike Atherton

INTERVIEW: Mantic Point CEO Mike Atherton

Mantic Point CEO Mike Atherton caught up to talk about traveler engagement and trends in mobile travel technology. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2016
Ian Luck

INTERVIEW: British Airways Distribution Strategy Manager Ian Luck

British Airways has provided a steady flow of distribution-related announcements in recent weeks, including the ability to offer negotiated corporate fares via New Distribution Capability messaging and signing up to Concur TripLink. Ian Luck has led distribution strategy at BA for the past 18 months, so The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen caught up with him to understand better where the airline is heading with its distribution to corporate clients. Read More »
Posted November 14, 2016
Bill Brindle

INTERVIEW: HRG Chief Information Officer Bill Brindle

"The current model is going to change." So says HRG chief information officer Bill Brindle, who should know. He addressed British Airways’ New Distribution Capability conference in London last month, and has supported its client, Volkswagen, which has established a direct connection to Lufthansa (as has Siemens). Brindle spoke with The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen about why emerging alternative distribution channels present huge opportunities but need to become as robust as more established technologies. Read More »
Posted November 8, 2016
John Fentener van Vlissingen

INTERVIEW: BCD Group Founder John Fentener Van Vlissingen

BCD Group founder John Fentener van Vlissingen discussed his approach to acquisitions, his outlook for BCD Travel and agency consolidation during an on-stage interview at The Beat Live. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2016
Dara Khosrowshahi

INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel. Read More »
Posted October 12, 2016
Louise Miller

INTERVIEW: BCD Travel EVP Louise Miller

As executive vice president of global business solutions, Louise Miller leads global sales and marketing for mega travel management company BCD Travel. That role brings plenty of interactions with travel-buying organizations, especially large multinationals, that are looking to extend, expand or replace their corporate travel agency. Miller caught up with The Beat's Jay Boehmer to discuss bid activity, how M&A among the TMC client pool is prompting clients to review their TMC providers and other trends. Read More »
Posted August 30, 2016
Evan Konwiser

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT's Evan Konwiser Talks KDS Deal

American Express Global Business Travel announced an agreement to purchase booking and expense provider KDS. Amex GBT vice president of the digital traveler Evan Konwiser discussed the deal with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
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