Travelport Worldwide Limited (NYSE:TVPT) announced today that it has appointed Robert Bailey as its Chief Strategy Officer. He will take up the newly-created role on 1 March 2018.
Reporting to Travelport’s President and CEO Gordon Wilson, his responsibilities will include the company’s five-year and annual business plans, new business development, strategic alliances and leading the evolution and implementation of further transformation in the business.
From 2008-2015 Robert was the President and CEO of the Asia-Pacific GDS company, Abacus, based in Singapore and majority owned by a consortium of Asian airlines. They sold their 65% share of this business to Sabre in July 2015.
Other roles have included executive positions in ITSMA, a technology and services marketing firm; SITA, an IT and telecommunications business serving the airline and airport sector and Galileo International, a forerunner of the current Travelport where he held a number of commercial management roles including Managing Director of Galileo Switzerland and Director, Sales and Marketing Organisations Europe.
He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Gordon Wilson commented, “Robert is an excellent addition to our leadership team with his deep travel technology background and considerable experience in Asia which is the fastest growing travel economy in the world”.
Robert Bailey said, “I am delighted to be joining Travelport to help build further its travel commerce platform and enhance its leadership position in travel merchandising, mobile travel commerce and commercial payments. Having operated in the same market sectors for many years I respect the formidable capabilities and talented people it possesses. I am excited by this opportunity to play a part in furthering how Travelport is using technology to make the experience of buying and managing travel better on a global scale.”
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.
Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.