Global Business Travel Association Appoints RADIUS Executives for Asia and Europe Advisory Boards

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has this week announced the appointment of RADIUS executives Kieran Hartwell and Roger Pfund to their Advisory Boards in Europe and Asia.

We are delighted to see Kieran and Roger take a leadership role with GBTA’s Advisory Boards in their respective regions.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has this week announced the appointment of RADIUS executives Kieran Hartwell and Roger Pfund to their Advisory Boards in Europe and Asia.

Kieran Hartwell, Senior Vice President, EMEA for RADIUS joins GBTA’s European Advisory Board and will focus on special interest groups and market segmentation. Kieran provides targeted support for the RADIUS network, corporate client and supplier relationships throughout EMEA. He is also instrumental in demonstrating how the RADIUS network can help multinational corporations wishing to consolidate their corporate travel requirements on a regional or global basis.

GBTA Europe’s Advisory Board Chairman, Torbjorn Erling, said “We have been looking for the right talent to continue the development of GBTA in Europe and, having created more defined roles for advisors to support the association’s strategic plan, we are delighted Kieran has agreed to take on one of those roles.”

Roger Pfund, General Manager, Asia Pacific for RADIUS joins GBTA’s newly formed Advisory Board for Asia. Roger is a 20 year travel industry veteran with over 15 years of experience leading corporate client sales, program management and operational teams in the APAC region. His experience includes positions at Lufthansa, American Express, BCD Travel and most recently, CEO and President of Fursan Travel, a leading Middle East travel company and RADIUS member agency headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Roger joins GBTA’s board alongside Paul Boyle, Global Business Travel Consultant for Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and two buyer members.

“Having Roger help guide our efforts in Asia is a big step forward in fulfilling our ambitious education and events program in Asia,” said Welf Ebeling, Regional Director – Asia. “Our first tasks as a group will be to establish the roadmap for education in the region and to identify a chairman to head up the new GBTA Asia Advisory Board in the long term.”

Chris Vasiliou, RADIUS President and CEO, and a member of the GBTA Foundation Board, said, “We are delighted to see Kieran and Roger take a leadership role with GBTA’s Advisory Boards in their respective regions. Their backgrounds and their important roles at RADIUS put them in an excellent position to provide insight and support for GBTA as the organization continues to grow globally.”

RADIUS is participating as an exhibitor at the GBTA Convention in Boston this July as well as leading the educational session, “Switching TMCs – Major Challenges, Key Considerations, Lessons Learned.” RADIUS will also be supporting a case study session at the GBTA Europe conference in Budapest this September on how “Digital Natives”, otherwise referred to as Generation Y, think about technology, the use of social networks, their approach to the workplace culture and sustainability.

About RADIUS
RADIUS designs and delivers custom global travel management solutions for multinational companies. RADIUS programs combine global account management and data consolidation with the local service and support of a network of 90 corporate travel agencies in 3,300 locations across 80 countries. RADIUS member agencies manage more than USD 21 billion of annual corporate travel spending, and the RADIUS Global Hotel Program, featuring the world’s leading hotel brands, is one of the largest in the corporate travel market. RADIUS corporate offices are in Bethesda, Maryland (US), London, Sao Paulo and Singapore.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit gbta.org.

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