Russell Howell

Executive Vice President
Technology, Products & Innovation

The roadmap we are executing today to create a truly digital travel management company, backed by serious investment, underpins our overall business transformation that will allow us to continue leading the industry in innovations for meeting our customers’ goals and their travelers’ needs.

Russell is responsible for leading BCD Travel’s companywide technology and new product & service development organizations. With over two decades in the corporate travel industry, he brings broad global experience in aligning technology with business drivers, leading change in competitive environments, and driving innovation.

Russell oversees all aspects of technology strategy development and execution, organized into five areas key to BCD Travel’s success: Client Shared Services (CSS), Global Operations Design & Shared Services, Product Development & Innovation, Infrastructure & Communications Technology (ICT), and Global Information Security.

Before joining BCD Travel, Russell held the role of Vice President, Global Travel Technologies at American Express Global Business Travel. Prior to that role, he spent three years leading travel technologies for American Express GBT in Europe. He started his career in travel technology in 1991 with Wagons-Lits Travel in the U.S., moving to Paris in 1994 during the merger that formed Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Other professional experiences have included: District Supervisor for Aldi Foods in Ohio (1990-1991), IT Consultant with ITIM Associates in London (1996-1997), and CIO of internet startup ePipeline in Atlanta (2000-2005).

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