Travelport, a leading travel commerce marketplace providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, has announced the appointment of Mike Croucher to the role of Chief Architect. Based in Langley, UK, Croucher will have overall responsibility for the delivery of Travelport’s global IT architecture function, ensuring it is positioned to support the company’s strategic business goals.
Croucher and his team will focus on delivering the underlying architectural capability so that Travelport can continue its progress in redefining travel commerce inclusive of broadening content, functionality and the customer experience. The team will also explore, assess and where relevant embrace emerging and new technology which will accelerate the strategic goals of the Travelport business. Croucher is well equipped to take on the role with his deep knowledge of the travel industry and significant track record not only in technology strategy but also in delivery of applications to the various businesses in which he has worked.
An established technology thought leader, Mike brings with him extensive experience and has a particularly strong background in successfully implementing IT systems across large, global organisations. Most recently, he has spent 15 years working for British Airways (BA) in a number of senior roles, including Head of IT Delivery and Head of IT Architecture and Delivery. Mike spent some of his early career as an architect of the Galileo GDS and went onto become Director of Applications Development at this predecessor company of Travelport.
Gordon Wilson, President and CEO of Travelport shared “I am delighted to have an executive of the calibre of Mike join our team. He is that rare combination of technology vision married to execution which makes the difference in a business with the considerable technical footprint of Travelport. He also brings a breadth of relevant experience to help accelerate the growth of our travel commerce platform and our technical services businesses. ”