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INTERVIEW: Air Black Box Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Edmond

INTERVIEW: Air Black Box Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Edmond

Air Black Box chief commercial officer Patrick Edmond recently spoke with BTN transportation editor and The Beat contributor Michael B. Baker about the process of connecting legacy and low-cost carriers and the opportunities it might present for low-cost carriers pursuing corporate business.
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INTERVIEW: CWT CEO Kurt Ekert

INTERVIEW: CWT CEO Kurt Ekert

CWT CEO Kurt Ekert spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer on the company's new operational structure, its recent capital raise and debt exchange as well as corporate client relationships. "We've spent the shutdown period recalibrating and thinking about what will determine who wins in the long term in the industry," he said.
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INTERVIEW: Travelport CEO Greg Webb

INTERVIEW: Travelport CEO Greg Webb

Travelport CEO Greg Webb on navigating the crisis, Travelport's still-intact plan to collapse its GDS cores into a single "next-generation platform," customer relations in the Covid-19 era, and Travelport's dispute with Wex, which last month moved to back out of a deal to acquire eNett.
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INTERVIEW: Internova Travel Group CEO J.D. O'Hara

INTERVIEW: Internova Travel Group CEO J.D. O'Hara

Travel Leaders Group in recent weeks announced the consolidation of its travel management company businesses, Travel Leaders Corporate and Altour, under the Altour brand and advanced plans to internally align Protravel and Tzell. This comes as the parent changes its name from Travel Leaders Group to Internova Travel Group. Internova CEO J.D. O'Hara spoke with The Beat.
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INTERVIEW: CWT CEO Kurt Ekert

INTERVIEW: CWT CEO Kurt Ekert

"I liken our business to World War I trench warfare with some innovation on top," CWT CEO Kurt Ekert said at The Beat Live in assessing the dynamics of the travel management company market. "It's a hypercompetitive space. It's a mature sector. There's margin pressure, and there's fundamental change happening in terms of expectations from our supplier partners, from our clients and from travelers." Ekert took questions at The Beat Live.
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INTERVIEW: SAP Concur President Jim Lucier

INTERVIEW: SAP Concur President Jim Lucier

SAP Concur president Jim Lucier sat down with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live to discuss the perceptions of corporate booking tools and why SAP Concur still doesn't want to become a travel management company—or a global distribution system, for that matter.
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INTERVIEW: TripActions CEO Ariel Cohen

INTERVIEW: TripActions CEO Ariel Cohen

TripActions' prowess for fundraising is on display again. After pulling in $154 million in Series C funding in November, the growth-hungry digital travel management company today announced its Series D funding round of $250 million from the same crop of investors, led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Co-founder and CEO Ariel Cohen spoke with The Beat.
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INTERVIEW: Click Travel CEO Jill Palmer

INTERVIEW: Click Travel CEO Jill Palmer

Jill Palmer, CEO of U.K.-based Click Travel, caught up with The Beat this week to talk tech upgrades, supplier direct connects and growth plans.
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Jim Davidson

INTERVIEW: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson

Sabre's $360 million acquisition of Farelogix, announced in November, is expected to close midyear. Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson sat down with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer last week.
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INTERVIEW: Deem CEO John Rizzo

INTERVIEW: Deem CEO John Rizzo

Last week, Enterprise Holdings—parent of the Alamo, Enterprise and National rental car brands—completed the acquisition of corporate travel booking, ground transportation and expense reporting technology provider Deem. CEO John Rizzo spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer.
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