CWT execs named ‘most influential’

Two members of the Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) global executive team have been named to the roster of The 25 Most Influential Executives of the Business Travel Industry, 2006 published in the current issue of Business Travel News (BTN).

Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer of CWT, the world’s second-largest travel management company, is recognized for spearheading the acquisition of Navigant International, which, when finalized in August 2006, doubled the size of CWT in North America. Mike Koetting, executive vice president, Global Supplier Relations Management, is acknowledged for the proactive, transparent way he led CWT through the introduction of the opt-in charge imposed by the global distributions systems (GDSs). CWT established a new GDS airline distribution fee which was widely followed by the rest of the industry.

Speaking for the two of them, Mr. Joly said, “It is always an honor to be recognized by one’s peers. I must admit, however, that Mike and I were each working with great teams.  Neither one of us could have accomplished our mission without them.”

The executives named to the BTN list were selected by the editors of the publication. They based their assessments on the degree of influence each of the decision makers had on the travel industry in the last 12 months. According to sources at BTN, it is rare that two executives from the same company are named to the list in the same year. The full list of the most influential executives can be found at