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 »
Posted August 8, 2016
Dan Ruch

INTERVIEW: Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch

With $9 million in Series B financing secured in June, Rocketrip is boosting sales efforts and adding system features for larger clients. Rocketrip this month is turning on a new feature called Copilot, which enlists executive admins in the quest to incentivize travel savings. CEO Dan Ruch caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to talk about the latest. Read More »
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 »
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