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Ekert takes up chief executive role with Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Ekert takes up chief executive role with Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Kurt Ekert is replacing Douglas Anderson as president and chief executive, with immediate effect.

In this role, Ekert will report directly to the Carlson board of directors.

Under Anderson’s leadership, CWT became the industry leader in business travel and made significant advancement in technology, including the acquisition of WorldMate.

The company also developed an effective organisation with strong talent. Do

Anderson is leaving to pursue other opportunities.


Ekert most recently served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Travelport.

During his five plus years in that role, the business transformed its product offerings and value propositions in all key channels and delivered consistent growth, highlighted by a successful IPO.

He also previously spent nine years at Travelport in a number of other executive roles, including chief operating officer of European-based GTA.

His experience prior to that includes six years at Continental Airlines.

CWT is a global leader specialised in managing business travel and meetings and events.

CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organisations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories.