American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced that President Philippe Chereque will leave on 31MAR 2020 to join Certares, the travel industry investment firm led by GBT’s Executive Board Chairman, Greg O’Hara. Certares leads a private equity group that holds a 50% stake in GBT.
As well, the company has announced that Andrew (Drew) Crawley will join as Chief Commercial Officer on 1APR, 2020, based in London. Crawley is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Avios Group, the loyalty company owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), and a member of the IAG management committee.
Paul Abbott, GBT’s CEO, said: “Drew is ideally placed to lead our commercial organization on the next phase of its journey. He is a dynamic leader with a deep knowledge of the global travel sector. Drew has broad commercial, marketing and digital experience, and a proven track record of driving innovation and change.”
Crawley’s previous roles include CEO of IAG Cargo and Chief Commercial Officer of British Airways (BA).
Commenting on Chereque’s departure, Abbott noted that he won’t be far away: “GBT owes Philippe a debt of gratitude. When he joined GBT in 2014 he brought an unparalleled knowledge of business travel and technology. His charisma and infectious passion inspired people at all levels of the business. I am delighted that Philippe will retain a close connection with GBT in his new role with Certares.”
In more than five years with company, Chereque was responsible for designing GBT’s product and technology platform and spearheading the acquisition of travel and expense technology firm KDS in 2016.
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