Business travel pioneer John Fentener van Vlissingen, founder and owner of BCD Travel, has been named one of this year’s Most Influential people by Business Travel News.
Van Vlissingen first made his name in business travel in the 1980s by using technology to reshape the industry. He’s still a champion of innovation, and his 2018 Most Influential recognition is based on a bold move to invest in the digital transformation of BCD Travel and other companies under the BCD Group umbrella.
The short story: Van Vlissingen sold his 24% stake in travel management company HRG at a premium to rival American Express Global Business Travel. That money already is funding technology developments and acquisitions that enable BCD Travel to help clients drive corporate travel program efficiencies and savings; get deeper data insights into spending and traveler preferences; personalize business trip experiences; and keep on-the-go employees safer, no matter where they are.
Here’s the longer-term story, as summarized by BTN, “The next time BCD Travel makes an acquisition or releases a new product, just think: Amex GBT may have helped pay for it.”