Travelport Limited has announced that Simon Gros has
been named vice president of Government Affairs based in Washington D.C.In
this role, Gros will focus on the Americas - U.S., Canada and Central and
South America - and manage relationships with governments and organizations
through strategic and tactical global public affairs programs. He will
report to Dirk Vande Beek, senior vice president, Government Affairs.
“Having served numerous years in government affairs and particularly
with his extensive and solid background working in the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Simon is a perfect fit for strengthening the Travelport
brand within the government sectors in the Americas and among its public
policy makers,” said Dirk Vande Beek, Travelport’s senior vice president,
Gros joins Travelport from the U.S. Department of Transportation
(USDOT), where he held various roles of increasing responsibility since May
2004. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S.
Senate, Gros most recently served as the Assistant Secretary for
Transportation as the Secretary’s primary advisor for all intergovernmental
matters pertaining to the Department. Gros was responsible for developing
aggressive governmental affairs strategies for various Departmental
undertakings and was the principal point of contact between Congress and
the Department of Transportation and its operating administrations.
Previously, Gros was Deputy Chief of Staff, serving as the Secretary’s
representative for policy development and coordination, both within the
Department and with other agencies and the White House. In this role, he
supported the Chief of Staff in managing all aspects of a federal agency
with nearly 59,000 employees and a $58 billion annual budget. Prior to
that, Gros held positions within the USDOT as Special Assistant to the
Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs and Associate Director, Office
of Governmental Affairs serving as liaison between the Secretary of
Transportation, Members of Congress from ten northeastern states, and
various agency modes.
Gros began his career on Capitol Hill working for the U.S.
Representative Frank A. LoBiondo as Staff Assistant, Legislative
Correspondent and Legislative Aide advising the Congressman on a variety of
issues including judiciary, telecommunications, banking, armed services and
small business. He also served as Staff Director for the Congressional
Gaming Caucus and worked with House Judiciary Committee staff to draft and
pass “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act”, which was signed into
law in 1998.