Travelport makes sweeping changes to commercial arm

TRAVELPORT has instituted a number of changes to its commercial operations to accelerate the execution of its strategic plan and provide a customer-centric approach through closer alignment of its commercial, marketing and product departments.

Beginning November 1, Travelport’s marketing and product team will merge with its commercial function under the direction of Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer.

Bryan Conway replaces Gillian Gibson as chief marketing officer, with overall responsibility for the definition, creation and marketing of Travelport’s products and services to all customer groups. Gibson will remain with the company until the end of the year, after which she will leave to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Simon Nowroz has been promoted to group vice president, business development, with responsibility for Travelport strategy in key growth markets including Brazil, China, India and Japan. He will continue to lead the APAC region until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition with the soon-to-be-announced new regional managing director.

Jason Clarke is named group vice president and managing director, global sales, focused on TMCs, OTAs and leisure travel agency customers; Mark Harris is appointed group vice president, commercial operations and deployment; while Derek Sharp takes on the role of group vice president & managing director, global distribution sales and services, focused on partnerships with travel content providers such as airlines and rail companies.

Niklas Andréen and Sandra McLeod continue to lead the hospitality and advertising business and the management of Travelport’s global TMC accounts, respectively.

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