Amadeus this year has restructured its executive organization in North America. Several C-suite leaders in the region—including CEO, chief marketing officer and COO—have or are in the midst of departing. Those C-level roles in North America no longer exist as part of a broader reorganization.
The readers of The Beat chose Executive Travel CEO Steve Glenn to deliver a keynote address at The Beat Live.
When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more."
Former Sabre executive Scott Alvis resurfaced this week at Amadeus to become senior vice president of client management in the company's Americas region airline IT and distribution business group. He reports to executive vice president Dwayne Ingram. Alvis spent 19 years at Sabre, after which he "ran his own travel distribution and marketing consultancy where he advised executives on strategy, marketing and technology planning," according to an Amadeus announcement.
We're told Scott Alvis left his job as president and general manager of Sabre Holdings' hotel reservations system provider SynXis, although a spokesman declined to comment. It's not known whether the decision was his or was related to Sabre's December layoffs, which did include some senior-level posts. Alvis had been with Sabre for nearly 19 years, following two years at American Airlines, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but.
Delta this week announced that it would add Amadeus to the channels through which it plans to sell Economy Comfort, also including Travelport and Farelogix, "but those agreements require significant work between us and those distributors to actually make them happen," said Delta vice president and deputy general counsel Peter Kenney.
Sabre Holdings lost another executive. US Airways today said it hired Brad Jensen as senior vice president and chief information officer, following his stint as Sabre's senior vice president for Air Services.