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Executive Management

John Elieson

Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, John has strategic oversight of Travelport’s growth strategy, sales organization and M&A agenda.


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What’s your favourite travel destination in the world?
Anywhere with my family. Some of our favourites are Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and London

Sunrise coffee or sunset cocktail?
Definitely a sunrise person

Thinking back to your first work trip, where did you go and why?
Early in my career I worked for American Airlines training airport passenger services agents. My first business trips were flying with trainees from DFW to Chicago one day every two weeks so they could practice working in a different airport. One of the first times I did that everyone in ORD’s international terminal was ushered to the side while a crew filmed a family frantically running through the Gateway to the World. I asked the name of the film and was told it was the new John Candy film. It turned out to be Home Alone.

Fancy restaurant meal or homecooked comfort food?
Homecooked comfort food

If I wasn’t part of Travelport’s SLT, I’d be…
Teaching high school math and coaching

Before coming to Travelport, John was President and CEO of Radixx International, a company that provides passenger services system technology to the airline industry and was recently acquired by Sabre. Previously, John enjoyed a distinguished 30 year career with Sabre and its former parent company American Airlines, including roles as the leader of global sales for Sabre Airline Solutions and Sabre Travel Network’s leader of Global Accounts and Traveler Experience.

John has an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and is currently serving or has served on boards for businesses, universities, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

Some of our favourite travel destinations are Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and London
John Elieson
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