American Express Global Business Travel today announced Doug Anderson joins the company as chief executive, effective immediately.
Anderson was replaced as president of Carlson Wagonlit Travel earlier this year by Travelport veteran Kurt Ekert.
With more than 30 years of global management experience, he takes the helm of GBT to accelerate the organisation’s strong growth trajectory.
“Now more than ever, GBT is an innovator in travel management and a company that is forging the way towards a new definition of business travel,” said Anderson.
“With new technology offerings and the opportunity to continue to expand GBT’s footprint, the company is on a clear path towards unparalleled success.
“I am honoured to lead the organisation on this journey as we transform business travel.”
Spun from American Express just over two years ago, GBT has sought to leverag a customer-centric approach while making new investments in technology, insights, and product.
“Over the past two years, we have assembled an unparalleled team of top industry talent, and Doug is the right leader to continue the great momentum we’ve seen with GBT to date,” said Greg O’Hara, chairman, American Express Global Business Travel.
“We are a proven, winning team backed by substantial investment, with a focus on the future.
O’Hara continued: “These investments are paying off and the industry is taking notice by rewarding us with new business.
“In many ways, we’re just getting started.
“Having a well-respected travel industry leader like Doug as chief executive to drive the operations of our business, will help us continue to accelerate this pace.
“Doug’s business travel knowledge and his ability to lead strong, successful companies that deliver exceptional value to their customers make him the ideal person to continue GBT’s growth now and in the future.”