KDS CEO honoured

Yves Weisselberger has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in business travel in 2006 by top US trade magazine Business Travel News.
Alongside leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, Hubert Joly, CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways, Mr Weisselberger has been cited as having exerted great sway over the industry’s development in the past year.  The top 25 decision makers were named on January 22, 2007 by the editors of Business Travel News, based on nominations received from industry professionals.

According to Business Travel News, KDS’ influence in travel technology “has always been formidable”.  It says, “Business travel in Europe is more complex than the United States, and this consequently has required its self-booking tools to be more complex. Among the innovations credited to KDS in its quest to serve European needs are multi-GDS connectivity, establishing direct connections to suppliers, and introducing rail content and multi-modal displays that compare rail and air on the same screen.”

Commenting on the latest iteration of KDS’s travel management solution the magazine continues, “By far the most influential aspect of version 6.0 is that it includes not only trip booking but also a fully fledged, fully integrated expense management system…The vaunted concept of end-to-end travel automation suddenly has moved a lot closer.”