GetThere is expanding its European team to support the growing number of corporations and business travellers using its system to book travel.
GetThere’s worldwide bookings topped 10 million in 2006, with EMEA bookings up 33 percent from 2005.
Antoine Katz is the new EMEA product marketing manager, responsible for identifying European market needs and coordinating product development accordingly. Katz is based in Paris and was previously a member of GetThere’s European sales team.
Isabelle Fleschen joins GetThere as a key account manager for GetThere’s EMEA reseller segment, responsible for GetThere’s relationships with partners such as American Express, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Fleschen has ten years of experience in online travel, having worked in sales for both leisure and corporate online solutions within Amadeus.
GetThere’s new EMEA implementations manager, Stewart Glass, joins the team after several years with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, where Glass was a project manager in charge of deploying online booking tools for corporate clients. Glass is now responsible for overseeing the smooth introduction of GetThere to new customers, as well as assisting corporations with growing the adoption (usage) of GetThere within their businesses.
Anne-Marie Gorse joined GetThere’s Hounslow-based European marketing team as marketing communications specialist. Gorse was previously brand communications manager at Fin International and also has extensive experience in the travel industry, having worked in travel PR company Mango PR.
“Europe’s demand for online corporate booking tools (OCBTs) has never been greater”, said Ludger Bals, GetThere’s director of sales and account management for the EMEA region. “We’re approaching doors that have traditionally been closed to the idea that OCBTs can deliver significant value in Europe, only to find that they’re now wide open. These recent appointments will help us make the most of the new opportunities that we’re seeing every day.”