Travelport veteran Scott Hyden is departing the global distribution system operator to join Carlson Wagonlit Travel's nascent RoomIt division next week. Travelport confirmed his departure, and CWT confirmed his arrival.
'I'm appreciative of the offer for a position of significant importance, budget and overall responsibility, but I've opted not to relocate and decided to go out on my own,' said Tracas, who had just assumed his role in June. 'I have great respect for [Cendant TDS chairman and CEO] Sam Katz and his organization, but the timing, location and other factors just weren't right for me at this time.'
Travelport parent company TDS Investor (Bermuda) Ltd. yesterday said it would reorganize in January into three global businesses--Galileo, Orbitz Worldwide and Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA). The firm appointed Gordon Wilson president and CEO of Galileo, following his stint as president and CEO of the Business Group for EMEA, Asia and Pacific.
This week's announcements of the departures of Egencia's and Orbitz For Business' leaders made me wonder how much at-the-top change each of the biggest-brand travel management companies has endured in recent years. As it turns out, Egencia and Orbitz For Business win in the category of turbulence. Here's a glimpse ...
Cendant Corp. executives today said the agreement signed between Northwest Airlines and Sabre Travel Network provides little clarity on how such deals might be structured between the likes of Northwest and Cendant's Galileo global distribution system. Nevertheless, president and CFO Ron Nelson said, "I think revenues are going to be stable" after the bulk of negotiations between major airlines and GDS companies are concluded later this year.
Worldspan is attempting to take advantage of momentary chaos in global distribution--particularly among Sabre clients booking American Airlines--through a new, short-term offer that includes an AA-paid 25-cent per-segment incentive for bookings made through Worldspan's Web platform, Worldspan Express.