Posted June 20, 2016
Ninan Chacko

INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko

After a six-year stint as CEO at PR Newswire, Ninan Chacko took the reigns of Travel Leaders Group in September. He spoke last week with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2016
Jane Batio

INTERVIEW: CorpTrav President Jane Batio

After 32 years at CorpTrav Management Group, president Jane Batio will retire in early June. Though she will continue to advise the Chicago-area travel management company part time, Batio plans to "just enjoy life," spend more time with family and travel. She discussed CorpTrav's business and reflected on her career in a recent interview with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
Posted April 21, 2016
John Rizzo

INTERVIEW: New Deem President John Rizzo

Last week, Deem confirmed the departure of founder and CEO Patrick Grady. A new injection of capital from PointGuard Ventures and Hony Capital and the installation of new leaders foretell yet another reinvention for the San Francisco-based provider of travel booking, expense and ground technologies. PointGuard Ventures managing director Krish Panu has assumed the role of chairman and CEO, and John Rizzo now leads day-to-day operations as president and COO. Rizzo spoke with The Beat's editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about Deem's direction. Read More »
Posted March 21, 2016
Simon McLean

INTERVIEW: Click Travel Executive Chairman Simon McLean

Click Travel executive chairman Simon McLean catches up with contributing editor Amon Cohen. Read More »
Posted February 23, 2016
David Moran

INTERVIEW: Carlson Wagonlit Travel EVP David Moran

Carlson Wagonlit Travel executive vice president of global marketing and enterprise strategy David Moran speaks with The Beat's Jay Boehmer about strategic priorities, mobile tech investment, client demand and content gaps. Read More »
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Posted February 4, 2016
Bob Sweeney

INTERVIEW: Travel Agency Broker Bob Sweeney Talks M&A

Innovative Travel Acquisitions president Bob Sweeney speaks with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss the market for TMC acquisitions. Read More »
Posted January 8, 2016
Maya Leibman

INTERVIEW: American Airlines' Leibman Outlines Post-Merger Priorities

Following the successful integration of US Airways into Sabre’s reservation system last year, American Airlines begins 2016 with the bulk of its merger—from a customer-facing standpoint, at least—behind it. Chief information officer Maya Leibman spoke with The Beat’s Michael B. Baker about what still needs to be done to complete the integration, as well as the carrier’s technology priorities once it clears the reservations milestone. Read More »
Posted November 16, 2015
Yanik Hoyles

INTERVIEW: IATA NDC Director Yanik Hoyles

Moving beyond the heated squabbles that marked its emergence, the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability entered what program director Yanik Hoyles called the "deployment phase" at the beginning of 2015. Eleven months later, NDC has hit a few milestones. Hoyles spoke with The Beat Editor-in-Chief Jay Boehmer last week to provide an update on the initiative. Read More »
Posted October 12, 2015
Greg O'Hara

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder, American Express GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara

Arlington, Va.—Last year, a group led by Certares and its founder, Greg O'Hara, invested $900 million in American Express Global Business Travel, establishing a 50-50 joint venture with American Express. Now, the longtime industry power broker is chairman of American Express Global Business Travel; sits on the board of Travel Leaders, in which Certares also has invested; and is looking far and wide for more places in travel and related sectors to inject capital. Previously chief investment officer of JPMorgan Chase's Special Investments Group and managing director of JPMorgan private equity arm, One Equity Partners, he has held executive roles at Worldspan and Sabre and has sat on the boards of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travelport, Worldspan and others. O'Hara sat down with The Beat Editor-in-Chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live conference here last week for an on-stage interview. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
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 »
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