Posted March 22, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.
Kevin Krone

INTERVIEW: Southwest VP Kevin Krone

Less than five years after launching its Web site a decade ago, Southwest Airlines wowed the business world by announcing it had surpassed $1 billion in online revenue. The airline later added the Swabiz corporate portal, and all the while utilized limited global distribution system participation. Kevin Krone, now vice president of marketing, sales and distribution, has been involved in Southwest's online initiatives from the beginning. He spoke this week with The Beat's David Jonas.

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Posted March 16, 2006 - New York City
Roz Garber

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Roz Garber

BCD Travel CEO Mike Buckman yesterday said his organization is "in a number of different discussions about the ultimate direction the Synergi network would take. There will be a number of Synergi partners in the new BCD Travel network, and [as far as] the remainder of the network, we're still having internal and external discussions with partners with other potential interests, and what happens will be a discussion for a different day."

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Posted March 13, 2006 - New York City
Suzanne Fletcher

INTERVIEW: NBTA President Suzanne Fletcher

Weyerhaeuser travel, meetings, food service, fleet and transportation director Suzanne Fletcher is president of the National Business Travel Association. Fletcher spoke last week with The Beat's David Jonas about how the corporate travel community views a number of travel distribution issues. An excerpt follows.

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Posted March 9, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.
David Radcliffe

INTERVIEW: Hogg Robinson CEO David Radcliffe

Hogg Robinson and its subsidiaries will be re-branded as Hogg Robinson Group, effective April 3, the company said this week. It also recently announced that Business Travel International partners in 68 countries agreed to join the newly named network, along with U.S. travel management companies Robustelli World Travel, which Hogg Robinson acquired last month, and Sea Gate Travel Group. The Beat's David Jonas yesterday spoke with Hogg Robinson chief executive David Radcliffe on the latest develo Read More »
Posted February 10, 2006 - New York City
Mike Cameron

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Mike Cameron

Salt Lake City-based Christopherson Business Travel in November acquired Travel Connections of Denver, boosting its annual travel sales to $126 million for 2005. Owner and president Mike Cameron spoke with The Beat in late December about how the purchase, as well as other industry issues, fit into his vision of running a mid-sized travel management company. An excerpt follows.

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Posted February 8, 2006 - New York City
Mike Buckman

INTERVIEW: Mike Buckman, CEO Designee Of BCD's New TMC

Mike Buckman will run the new travel management company produced by a pending merger between Atlanta-based WorldTravel BTI and the TQ3 Travel Solutions TMCs owned by Germany's TUI. Under Dutch parent company BCD Holdings, the newly formed TMC also would include British agency The Travel Company, which last month said it acquired the Synergi agency network. An excerpt from a Friday telephone interview with Buckman, conducted by The Beat's Jay Campbell, follows.

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Posted January 27, 2006 - New York City
Harold Stevens

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Harold Stevens

Based in downtown Manhattan, Stevens Travel Management is the closest travel management company to The Beat's Brooklyn headquarters. That is, except for American Express.

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Posted January 25, 2006 - New York City
Ed Adams

INTERVIEW: TQ3Navigant CEO Ed Adams

TQ3Navigant chairman and CEO Ed Adams yesterday shared with The Beat's Jay Campbell some of his thoughts on the latest industry and company developments. An excerpt of the discussion follows.

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Posted January 19, 2006 - New York City
John Slater

INTERVIEW: Continental On Distribution

Continental Airlines managing director of distribution planning John Slater and senior vice president of sales Dave Hilfman yesterday spoke at length with The Beat's David Jonas about their perspectives on negotiations with global distribution system firms, and other distribution topics. An excerpt follows.

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Posted January 5, 2006 - New York City
Ninan Chacko

INTERVIEW: Worldspan SVP & CCO Ninan Chacko

Worldspan in mid-December announced the realignment of sales and services functions under Ninan Chacko, who was promoted to the new position of chief commercial officer, effective January 1. Worldspan also said executive vice president Greg O'Hara resigned to join One Equity Partners, though he remains on Worldspan's board of directors. Chacko spoke with The Beat founder and reporter Jay Campbell late last month in an interview excerpted below.

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