~ American Express Global Business Travel taps KDS talent with appointment of Oliver Quayle as VP, Product Marketing & Innovation ~
New York, NY – December 7, 2016 –
KDS has named Roxana Bressy as its new Chief Executive Officer. She formally assumes the role on December 15. Her appointment is one of two executive changes that will drive the KDS business forward while strengthening its access to the resource and scale of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
For the past five years, Roxana has been instrumental in her role as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Operations at KDS, leading all aspects of operations including strategy, staff development, financial performance and organisational expansion.
Roxana replaces Dean Forbes, who after supporting a successful integration has decided to pursue other interests. Additionally, Oliver Quayle has been named Vice President of Product Marketing & Innovation for GBT and KDS, expanding his role in pushing boundaries for traveller-centric technology.
“Roxana has been a key driver of KDS’ growth over the past several years,” said Doug Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, GBT. “We are confident she will continue to propel the group forward and further cultivate its unique culture and entrepreneurial spirit, which is a defining characteristic of KDS and its success.”
“We could not have brought GBT and KDS together without the vision and efforts of Dean Forbes,” said Philippe Chérèque, President of GBT. “Dean’s legacy of challenging the status quo to create game-changing technology in our industry, and the entrepreneurial DNA that he cultivated within the KDS culture is inspiring. The appointment of Roxana and Oliver will continue this vision and culture.”
GBT completed the acquisition of KDS earlier this year as part of a broader investment strategy to develop a suite of integrated digital services for business travellers, bolstering its core technology platform with KDS’ integrated travel SaaS technology. KDS will continue to operate as a separate and standalone unit.
About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) equips companies of all sizes with the insights, tools, services and expertise they need to keep their travellers informed, focused and productive while on the road. With approximately 12,000 employees and operations in nearly 120 countries worldwide, GBT empowers customers to take control of their travel programmes, optimising the return on their travel and meetings investments, while, more importantly, providing extraordinary traveller care.
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is a joint venture that is not wholly owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (American Express). “American Express Global Business Travel,” “American Express,” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express and are used under limited license.
KDS is a global provider of integrated travel technology and industry leader in complete door-to-door trip booking. For more information on KDS, visit https://www.kds.com and follow us @KDS_Innovates.