BCD Travel creates Women of Distinction award to honor International Women’s Day

Previously Forbes and FlexJobs recognized BCD for gender equity and work-life balance

Utrecht, the Netherlands, March 6, 2019 – Leading travel management company BCD Travel awarded Kathy Jackson, executive vice president, Global Program Management & Advito, as its first recipient of the BCD Travel Women of Distinction award. The award was presented at BCD’s leadership summit last week.

”With the award we want to celebrate extraordinary women in our organization,” says John Snyder, president and CEO, BCD Travel. ”We hope it will inspire people across the company by putting a spotlight on role models of achievement and innovation.”

Kathy Jackson has been with BCD for more than 37 years. She started her career as a travel agent and quickly moved into leadership positions. In her current role, she is responsible for BCD’s program management team and consulting group, Advito. She is also the driving force in building BCD’s global sustainability program.

Aside from the newly created award, BCD Travel is active in supporting gender equity and equality, a central element in the UN Global Compact. BCD joined the Compact and supports its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), where Gender Equality is #5 of 17.

In 2018, the company was named by Forbes to its list of America’s Best Employers for Women. The list is based on working conditions, diversity, parental leave policies and professional advancement opportunities. BCD was rated 73 of 300 companies, and is the only major travel management company to make the inaugural list.

Furthermore, the portal FlexJobs has just named BCD as one of 2019’s most flexible employers with a focus on work-life balance. BCD ranks 23rd on the list of 100 top companies with remote jobs. It’s the travel management company’s fifth year on the list.

Women make up nearly 78% of BCD’s U.S. workforce and 70% globally. At the directors level and above, 50% are women. Due to the demographics of the company, there is a larger share of women heading for leadership roles. Recently, BCD expanded its leadership training program, with the purpose of strengthening the mid-level management to ensure better strategy translation and implementation at all levels. As a result, 125 employees went through the program in 2018, an increase of 400% over the previous year.

Participation reflects the overall workforce — about 70% of management trainees are women. The best-qualified candidate always earns the promotion, but since most of the employees preparing for leadership are women, a majority of the best candidates for leadership positions in the future will likely be women.

”We hope that with our actions we achieve a better gender balance on an executive level,” says Christian Dahl, senior vice president, Talent Management and Global Human Resources at BCD. ”By increasing flexibility in our jobs, expanding our training programs and providing the culture that motivates women to move up the ranks, we hope to retain our current women employees and encourage even more to join us.”

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.