Organizational announcements from American Express, Hilton, Airlines Reporting Corporation, American Airlines and The European Business Aviation Association
American Express Global Commercial Payments has welcomed Andy Nicholas to its Global Business Development group as vice president and general manager, Global Business Development – International based in London.
Nicholas brings nearly 25 years of commercial card experience to the company. Prior to joining American Express, he served as head of commercial and prepaid card sales and account management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Citi.
Hilton has named Jonathan (Jon) Witter to the newly created role of chief customer officer to oversee the global brands, marketing, loyalty and partnerships, IT and strategy teams. Witter comes to the position from Capital One Financial Corporation where most recently he served as president of retail and direct banking.
Before Capital One, Witter served as president and COO at Morgan Stanley Private Bank and EVP head of general bank distribution at Wachovia Corp. Earlier in his career, he worked in consulting at McKinsey & Co. and Deloitte & Touche.
Airlines Reporting Corporation has announced the promotion of Lauri Reishus to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Reishus has more than 30 years of global travel management experience with 12 years of executive responsibilities at ARC.
Reishus began her career at American Airlines and, prior to joining ARC in 2005, worked in corporate travel agency management at SatoTravel/Navigant.
Travel Leaders Group has promoted Michael Boult to serve as senior vice president of corporate sales for both Travel Leaders Corporate and Travel Leaders Network. Previously Boult served as VP of Travel Leaders Network’s Business Travel Center of Excellence. He joined Travel Leaders Network in 2014.
In addition Travel Leaders Network has announced the addition of Eric Henderson as director of the Business Travel Center of Excellence. Henderson has extensive experience in business travel, including as a buyer, most recently at Exxon Mobil, as a supplier, an intermediary and technology provider.
American Airlines has announced the promotion of Chris DeGroot to be vice president of international sales. DeGroot comes to the role from his position as managing director of sales strategy.
DeGroot joined American in 2001 as a financial analyst. He has held a number of senior management positions including senior manager of distribution strategy and roles as director of the Russian startup and EMEA sales planning.
The European Business Aviation Association has appointed Brandon Mitchener as chief executive officer. Mitchener’s career as a journalist and public affairs professional spans more than 25 years in Europe, including the last 20 in Brussels.
Before joining EBAA, Mitchener headed corporate communications for Monsanto Co. in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to this, he served as director of public relations EMEA for First Solar Inc. and has worked at APCO Worldwide. He spent 15 years as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires.
Mesa Airlines, Inc. announced the return of Paul Foley to the company’s executive management team. Foley will serve as executive vice president overseeing flight operations recruitment, training, safety/security, crew planning and aircraft scheduling.
Foley recently served as CEO at Retrix Aviation, and previously as EVP and COO at Mesa Airlines from October 2008 through March 2016. Foley has held executive positions at MAIR Holdings, owner of Mesaba Airlines and Big Sky Airlines, and with Atlas Air, LSG Sky Chefs and Continental Airlines.
InnSight Hotel Management Group has named Todd Gray to the position of chief financial officer. His selection came after an extensive national search.
In his most recent position at Menashe Properties, Inc., Gray directed finance and accounting activities for the real estate development and investment company.
Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group has welcomed Scott McAllister as chief operating officer. Most recently, McAllister served as area VP of lodging development for Marriott International, where he enjoyed a 27-year career. During his most recent six years as VP of lodging development, McAllister added over 150 new hotels into the Marriott portfolio.