BCD Travel announces new SVPs for global distribution strategy and its corporate travel management consultancy Advito

UTRECHT, July 25, 2019 – Leading global business travel management company BCD Travel today announced the promotion of Thane Jackson to Senior Vice President of Global Distribution Strategy, and Lesley O’Bryan to Senior Vice President of Advito. Both assume their new roles effective immediately.

With over 20 years of experience at BCD, Jackson most recently served as Vice President of Global Distribution and Channel Strategy. In his new role, he’ll continue to lead the global team tasked with BCD’s short- and long-term distribution strategies, as well as the Supplier Relations team in U.K./Ireland. Jackson and his team are tasked with bringing clarity to the complexities of distribution, including IATA’s NDC and associated programs, new ways of booking ancillaries, relationships with GDS and online booking providers and emerging distribution channels. They maximize content quality and availability while also helping customers both understand current challenges in content distribution and mitigating the impact of those challenges.

“In his tenure with the company, Thane has served in a wide range of roles. He has become our foremost spokesperson and industry expert on NDC and related distribution topics. By sharing his knowledge and insight at industry events, customer forums, and prospect meetings, he’s a trusted adviser and partner for our clients in this constantly changing arena,” said Rose Stratford, Executive Vice President of Global Supplier Relations and Strategic Sourcing, to whom Jackson reports.

In her new role, Lesley O’Bryan, former Advito Vice President and Principal, takes over the day-to-day operation of Advito from April Bridgeman. Recently named BCD’s new senior vice president of hotels, Bridgeman will continue supporting Advito with strategic guidance, and O’Bryan will report directly to her. Since joining Advito in 2013, O’Bryan has built several practices from the ground up, including Traveler Engagement, which has seen double-digit growth since it started. She also has consistently led as the top volume sales leader for Advito.

“Lesley has been instrumental in Advito’s growth and understands what’s necessary to drive the business forward,” Bridgeman said. “Her commercial mindset, consulting background and passion for innovation will ensure Advito keeps creating new value in managed travel.”

 

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,800 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2018 sales of US$27.1 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), BCD Meetings & Events (global meetings and events agency), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$29.8 billion in 2018, including US$10.7 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

About Advito

Advito is breaking boundaries in corporate travel. With a powerful, intelligence-driven framework that dynamically manages supplier spend and traveler behavior, travel programs can continuously run in balance and at peak performance, keeping the needs of all stakeholders met. With smart analytics, unique supplier strategies and integrated traveler engagement, we’ll elevate your program to reach new levels of savings and satisfaction. For more information visit www.advito.com or email advice@advito.com.