Executive Vice President
Technology, Products & Innovation
As Executive Vice President of Technology, Products & Innovation, Russell Howell leads BCD Travel’s companywide technology organization, supporting operational functions as well as the company’s products, services, innovation, and IT infrastructure. With over two decades of experience 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 five areas key to BCD Travel’s success: Client Shared Services, 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. Prior to that role, he spent three years leading travel technologies for American Express 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).