Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform has announced the appointment of Scott Barber as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand with effect from 5 February. He replaces Kaylene Shuttlewood who has held the role for the past three years.
This is Scott’s tenth year with Travelport, with his most recent role being the Director of Commercial Strategy Asia Pacific based in Singapore. Since 2015, he has played an instrumental part in defining the team strategy driving the growth of the Asia Pacific region for Travelport. Prior to that, Scott was based in Sydney as the Global Head of Optimisation and Execution for a key customer.
With this new appointment, Scott will be responsible for managing operations and reinforcing Travelport’s business in Australia and New Zealand. Scott will continue to report to Mark Meehan, Managing Director Asia Pacific for Travelport, based in Singapore.
Commenting on the announcement, Mark said, “Scott’s return to Sydney will allow him to fulfill a key regional leadership role. With our highly differentiated travel commerce platform Scott will be well-positioned to further accelerate the recent successes that we have seen in the region, from new customer acquisitions to the growing strength of our online business.”
He added, “I would also like to recognize the great work done by Kaylene during her time with Travelport. Her passion and energy for the business and our customers has made her a fantastic ambassador for the company as she strengthened Travelport’s priorities in the region. On behalf of the team, I would like to wish Kaylene all the best for this new phase in her career.”
Scott, on his new appointment, remarked, “This is an exciting time for Travelport as we continue to see significant growth in Asia Pacific. With Travelport’s recent announcement of reaching over 250 airlines utilizing our Rich Content and Branding product and being the first travel commerce platform to achieve an IATA NDC Level 3 accreditation, it is crucial for us to support the industry in embracing open and innovation-driven technology solutions in delivering travel choices. I am happy to embark on this new opportunity to lead a key market for Travelport and look forward to working with the travel community in the region.”
Scott’s appointment is backed by further investments from Travelport’s Air Commerce team in the appointment of a new Commercial Director, Pacific. Sue Carter, a seasoned executive in the airline technology space, started her new role on 15 January and is responsible for driving Travelport’s commercial strategy for airlines in the Pacific region. Also based in Sydney, Sue reports to Chris Ramm, Travelport’s Senior Commercial Director for the Indian Subcontinent, North Asia and Pacific in Singapore.